Sharon Marie Tate Polanski was an American actress known for an ethereal beauty and her tragic death, seen as symbolic of the end of the Sixties. A naturally shy person offscreen, Tate's photogenic looks and dedication led to her being considered for a major role in 1964, but it was deemed she needed more experience. As a protege of Martin Ransohoff she was brought on gradually, with roles tending to showcase her curvaceous figure rather than acting talent, as did a March 1967 article about Tate in Playboy. Tate got good reviews for her sympathetic performance and hypnotic allure as a doomed actress in Valley of the Dolls, which while disliked by critics for its vulgarity was a box office hit. On January 20, 1968, Tate married Roman Polanski in London, and on their return they socialised in elite Hollywood circles, but also with people from a variety of backgrounds; some friends of the couple thought them too trusting. Her next film was the commercially successful The Wrecking Crew, in which Tate demonstrated a deft touch in her comedic role. Towards the end of the decade her abilities and growing confidence seemed to presage major stardom.