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The Philadelphia Inquirer Sideshow column

August 28, 2014

By Tirdad Derakhshani, The Philadelphia Inquirer



Aug. 28--Sharon Tate's sister speaks

"It's hard to determine if it's a dream or if you're awake," Sharon Tate's sister says of the 45 years she has spent with the memory of the famed actress' brutal murder at the hands of Charles Manson's followers.

Debra Tate, 61, who has published a new memoir, Sharon Tate: Recollection, tells People, "The ones that are left behind are victims as much as the actual victims. We are here to suffer for years and years to come."

Jessica Alba? $1 billion!

Sin City star Jessica Alba's company the Honest Co., which makes nontoxic, eco-friendly diapers and other baby products, is worth a cool billion dollars.

"In preparation for an IPO . . . [the company] has raised $70 million at a valuation just shy of $1 billion," the Wall Street Journal reports.

The company, which Alba cofounded with Brian Lee, is in negotiations to expand to China.

I know who killed Natalie

Could a criminal case finally be opened in the 1981 drowning death of beloved actor Natalie Wood at 43?

Her sister thinks so.

"I know who killed Natalie," sister Lana tells Closer Weekly in a bombshell. She would not disclose the name, but indicated the cops also suspect the same person and that they are ready to mount a case.

"According to the detectives, they think they do [know], too," Lana says. "There is no way they could [shut down] a case this close to being solved."

Lana said no matter how many decades go by, her sister's death will remain raw. Even if a culprit were found. "I don't believe there is such a thing as closure," she says.

Wiz Khalifa owns charts

A military brat born in Minot, N.D., hip-hoppin' youngster Wiz Khalifa, 26, has scored his first No. 1 album! Blacc Hollywood sold 90,000 copies in its debut week to take the top spot on the Billboard album chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Last week's winner, The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, fell to No. 2, selling 64,000 units, while country music dude -- and Survivor: Nicaragua alumnus -- Chase Rice's Ignite the Night debuted at No. 3 with 44,000.

Jolie, Pitt & crazy sex

Now here's a bit of news you couldn't live without. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will shoot "crazy sex scenes" for their forthcoming pic, By the Sea, written and directed by Jolie. Shooting begins next month in Malta, where the couple and their kids have a lil' shack.

A fresh one for Prince Harry

Even as his brother Prince William sinks deeper into domestic life, Prince Harry plays the field. Us Weekly says he's on a Saint-Tropez cruise with 25-year-old redhead Camilla Thurlow.

Did Tony Soprano die?

HBO's revolutionary crime drama The Sopranos ended with a great deal of ambiguity, leading some fans to tear out their hearts in frustration. Did antihero Tony Soprano (played by the late James Gandolfini) get killed? Is he dead?

"No, he isn't," show creator David Chase tells Vox reporter Martha P. Nochimson.

tirdad@phillynews.com

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