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Mar. 30 2010 - 4:15 pm | 608 views | 0 recommendations | 7 comments

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.

[Ace of Spades]


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    Illusions Perdues, revised and updated for the Sixties.
    Roman did more than just ‘molest,’ though.

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    Polanski, Woody Allen, Al Goldstein, Hugh Hefner and many others had one thing in common, they were all cynics who thumbed their noses at conventional lifestyles and got away with it. The most beautiful women of the world begged to share their bedrooms for even a moment. Their hedonistic lifestyle provoked jealousy in those that follow the rules and are forced to make love to a loser. Now its payback time and the family man is getting his revenge. They are overjoyed that Polanski got caught either fondling or raping a 13 year old sleepover. Most want him tarred and feathered, others wish to trade places and make love to the women in his Swiss villa.

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