Friday, February 3, 2012

FEMME FATALE - TALITHA DINA POL GETTY

TALITHA GETTY
"Molasses blonde with an almost Oriental dark and secret glance"


  Born in Bali to Dutch parents, raised in Indonesia and Holland, and in England in the extraordinary, vital family sphere of Augustus John -  a central figure in the Bohemian world of fashion and culture of the sixties, whose daughter Poppet became her stepmother.

  On December 10, 1966, Talitha married Oil scion John Paul Getty, Jr., wearing a white  minidress trimmed in mink. They became a feature of London's "swinging sixties' scene. Yves Saint Laurent likened the couple to the title of  F. Scott Fitzgerald's second novel, The Beautiful and Damned.


  This iconic photograph, taken on the rooftop of their Marrakesh get-away is now part of the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London.

  During their brief Morrocan vacations the Getty's house came sensuously alive. Said Talitha, "Never fewer than fifteen or twenty for dinner, and never dinner served in the same place."

  Sadly, Talitha died of a heroin overdose in 1971 at the tender age of thirty-one - within the same year as other celebrated icons of the sixties: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Edie Sedgewick and Jim Morrison.

Moroccan Wake-up
Vogue January 1970
Photography: Patrick Lichfield

FEMME FATALE
Talitha Dina Pol Getty
1940-1971

...all things femme fatale

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