Sordidness Tracker, Episode 51

July 14, 2015

You Must Remember This often contains wild tales from Hollywood’s colorful past, so much so that it can become difficult to keep track of all the sordid details while you listen to it and pretend to be working, parenting, paying attention to the road, etc.  Now, there’s help.  As you listen to Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Episode 8: Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski, this handy Sordidness Tracker will help you follow who was doing what to whom.

Studio nudity freakouts: One (The Fearless Vampire Killers).

LSD as inspiration for Satan impregnating Rosemary Woodhouse: Noted.

Divorces caused by Rosemary’s Baby: At least one (Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra’s).

Conversations about monogamy with John Cassavetes: Held.

Critical reception for Sharon Tate’s first films: Poor.

Have any of these been reappraised: Yes (Valley of the Dolls, her biggest hit).

The status of Sharon Tate’s fame circa 1968, which is not a thing that has gone out of style: 


Does Karina Longworth imitate Sharon Tate: Yes.

Who imitates Roman Polanski: Ram Bergman.

Sexual revolution as a raw deal for Sharon Tate, the rest of her gender: Uh-huh.

Similarities between the Manson girls and Tate’s acceptance of Polanski’s philandering: Drawn.

Supremes concerts attended: One.

General assessment of Roman Polanski as a husband, upon listening to this episode: Bad.  He was bad at it.

Jay Sebring: Still in the picture.

Polish hangers-on: One (Wojciech Frykowski).

Coffee heiress/social activist types: One (Abigail Folger).

Wildly unsubstantiated witchcraft rumors: Derided.

Also mentioned: Apocryphal testicle growth, subletting Patty Duke’s place, Molly predecessors.