Film director Roman Polanski has written the foreword to Recollection, a new book about the life of his wife, actress Sharon Tate who was murdered at the age 26.
A heavily pregnant Tate and three of her friends were killed by followers of Charles Manson in 1969, at her home in Los Angeles.
Polanski was out of town when the attacks took place. "Even after 40 years, it is difficult to write about Sharon," he reportedly writes in the new book.
"It is impossible, of course, to imagine what might have been if Sharon had lived. But this book allows me to remember what was."
Recollection was compiled by Tate's sister, Debra, and also features contributions from Patty Duke, Joan Collins and Jane Fonda, Sharon Tate’s co-stars on the 1967 cult drama Valley of the Dolls.
Polanski‘s life had been touched by tragedy before the Manson murders. His family was forced into the Krakow ghetto, his mother died in Auschwitz, and his father survived Mauthausen concentration camp.
The Oscar-winning director is currently promoting his latest movie, Venus in Fur, which hinges around a theatrical production based on Leopold von Sacher Masoch's classic novel, Venus in Furs, which portrayed a masochistic relationship.
The film explores the teasing, tense relationship between an actress Wanda (played by Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner) and the director of the play in question. The film opens in Ireland this Friday, May 30.