For a few short years, she actually was. But besides being a mere footnote in the history of the Manson family , Tate was a fascinating star of her own. Before she married world-renowned director and, after her death, famous pedophile Roman Polanski, the beautiful actress was slowly establishing herself as a reliable and promising young talent. From B-movies and guest spots on television to a breakthrough role in Valley of the Dolls , she was on the upswing. Before the comparative starkness of the s arrived, and before Manson became famous, Hollywood in the s was a tantalizing place to be. Paul Tate and Doris Tate, Tate possessed star power from a young age.