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Whipple adds more to collection of Hollywood history

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017

Several months ago, Robert Whipple of Rochelle happened onto a stunning 8x10 photo of late actress Sharon Tate at a movie collectors’ show. He recognized her right away and when he searched through his photo archive he decided it should be displayed.

That photo joined dozens of other celebrity images in his home that include singers Laura Branigan, Karen Carpenter, Nancy Sinatra, and 1980s Swedish pop group, ABBA. Not only has Whipple collected rare and collector photos but likewise rare and limited release recordings by all the above as well as a personal letter from Richard Carpenter, who with his sister defined the 1970s with a string of light, easy listening hits.

But it’s Sharon Tate who has most recently captivated Whipple’s interest. With the arrival of two more collector prints, his collection will number more than two dozen. Tate was best-known for her portrayal of Neely in the 1967 film, “Valley of the Dolls,” adapted from the novel of the same title by Jacqueline Susann.

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