Hugh Hefner interviews Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate
What do Hugh Hefner, Roman Polanski, and Sharon Tate have in common?
“Playboy After Dark,” Hef’s late night talk show circa 1969 to 1970. The episode was taped on July 24, 1968, and fellow guests included Della Reese performing “Don’t Build Your World Around a Man” and “Get Smart”’s Don Adams.
On the show, Hef proclaims Polanski’s just-released “Rosemary’s Baby” “one of the most remarkable films of the year, I think” and asks if the “trend we see going on now towards more frankness, more boldness related to sex” will continue.
“Well, I think so, yeah,” Polanski drawls.
Then, “I was arrested, I was arrested on a train,” Tate chimes in breathlessly. “My dress was like to here,” she gestures high on her thigh. “I said, ‘If you stop opening the windows and looking at us, you wouldn’t ever know I had a short dress on!’”
Hef asks Tate how she feels about doing nude scenes.
“Well, I feel that if it’s a real scene,” Tate responds, “and it’s an honest scene, and if it’s something where you’re stripped naked that you would be doing naturally, you know, making love, which is natural, taking a bath, you know, that’s lovely, you know, if it has a reason for it, it’s beautiful, but if it’s contrived, then, you know, it becomes vulgar.”
A year later, an eight-months pregnant Tate was dead at the hands of the Manson clan, and eight years after that, Polanski was arrested for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. So much for happy endings in Hollywood.