Jay Sebring

Jay Sebring

Original Name Thomas John Kummer
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA
Death 9 Aug 1969 (aged 35)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Southfield, Oakland County, Michigan, USA
Plot Section 24, Lot 281, Grave 12
Memorial ID 3136 · View Source
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Murder Victim. He was a murder victim of the Manson Family. Born Thomas John Kummer in Alabama and raised outside of Detroit, Michigan, he served in the US Navy for four years and was a veteran of the Korean War. While in the Navy, Sebring developed the hairstyling skills that would make him famous. When he arrived in L.A., Thomas changed his name to Jay Sebring - the J for the first initial of his middle name and Sebring from the race car. According to some accounts, he was the first person to open a male hair salon in the country and his cutting edge style of men's hair care attracted big name clients. At Kirk Douglas's request, Jay was the stylist for the movie "Spartacus." In 1960, Jay married a model by the name of Cami. They divorced in 1965. In 1964, Jay took martial arts lessons from master Bruce Lee. Jay took a tape of Bruce to producer William Dozier (of Batman) and Dosier signed Lee to be on the TV show "Green Hornet," which made Bruce a household name. Also in 1964, Jay met actress Sharon Tate at a Hollywood party and they began dating. Upon Jay's divorce, conflicting accounts abound of whether Jay proposed to Sharon, and others that state that Sharon wanted to get married and Jay was hesitant. The matter was decided when Sharon went to London to film "The Fearless Vampire Killers" (a/k/a "Dance of the Vampires") and fell for the movie's director, Roman Polanski. Sharon called Jay to break up but Jay insisted on meeting Roman to decide if he was good enough for her. Roman passed the test and Jay stayed within their tight circle of friends. Jay opened a new salon in the summer of 1969 in San Francisco which was backed by Abigail Folger of the Folgers coffee family. He also started Sebring International, a company that is still in business today (run by Jay's close friends) which sells men's hair products.

Bio by: Donna Di Giacomo

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jay Sebring (10 Oct 1933–9 Aug 1969), Find a Grave Memorial no. 3136, citing Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, Oakland County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .