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October 13, 2021

Beautiful Photos of Talitha Getty and Paul Getty Jr. Taken by Patrick Lichfield in Marrakesh, Morocco in 1970

Dutch actress, socialite, and model Talitha Dina Pol and John Paul Getty Jr. forged a relationship that led to their marriage in 1966. The couple is probably best remembered for beautiful photographs taken in Marrakesh, Morocco in 1970 by Patrick Lichfield. The look seemed stylishly to typify the hippie fashion of the time and became a model over the years for what, more recently, has been referred to variously as “hippie chic”, “boho-chic”.

Talitha Getty and Paul Getty Jr. photographed by Patrick Lichfield in Marrakesh, Morocco on January 15, 1970

In the spring of 1971, Talitha Getty asked her husband for a divorce after years of living separately, but Paul Jr. was adamant that he still loved her and pleaded with her to come to Rome for a reconciliation. Her lawyers advised her that divorce proceedings would be easier if Talitha could show that she had attempted to reconcile with Paul, so on 9 July 1971 she flew to Rome.

Talitha was found dead on July 11 in the Getty apartment on Piazza d’Aracoeli, allegedly of a heroin overdose. Speculation flared up in the Italian press that Paul’s continued heroin usage had caused Talitha to relapse. An autopsy conducted 8 months after her death found traces of heroin in Talitha’s system, but this was inconclusive since heroin can persist in the body for many months, and might therefore have pre-dated her sobriety.

In January 1973, Italian authorities announced that an inquest would be held into the causes of Talitha’s death; they requested that Paul Jr. submit to an interview. Getty was afraid that his continued drug use would lead to arrest and prosecution, so he fled Italy for the UK in February, and never returned.

These beautiful photos were taken by Patrick Lichfield that show portraits of Talitha and her husband Paul Getty Jr. on Marrakesh, Morocco, January 15, 1970.

Paul and Talitha Getty by a fountain in their garden in Marrakesh, Morocco, photographed by Patrick Lichfield, January 15, 1970

Paul and Talitha Getty in their garden in Marrakesh, Morocco, photographed by Patrick Lichfield, January 15, 1970

Paul and Talitha Getty leaning on a fountain in their garden in Marrakesh, Morocco, photographed by Patrick Lichfield, January 15, 1970

Paul and Talitha Getty on their roof terrace in Marrkesh, Morocco, photographed by Patrick Lichfield, January 15, 1970

Paul and Talitha Getty on their roof terrace in Marrkesh, Morocco, photographed by Patrick Lichfield, January 15, 1970

Paul and Talitha Getty on their roof terrace in Marrkesh, Morocco, photographed by Patrick Lichfield, January 15, 1970

Paul and Talitha Getty wearing kaftans in their garden in Marrakesh, Morocco, photographed by Patrick Lichfield, January 15, 1970

Paul Getty Jr and Talitha Getty on the terrace of their holiday home in Marrakesh, Morocco, photographed by Patrick Lichfield, January 15, 1970

Paul Getty Jr and Talitha Getty on the terrace of their holiday home in Marrakesh, Morocco, photographed by Patrick Lichfield, January 15, 1970

Paul Getty Jr and Talitha Getty on the terrace of their holiday home in Marrakesh, Morocco, photographed by Patrick Lichfield, January 15, 1970

Talitha Getty by a fountain in her garden in Marrkesh, Morocco, photographed by Patrick Lichfield, January 15, 1970

Talitha Getty leaning on a lantern on her roof terrace at sunset in Marrakesh, Morocco, photographed by Patrick Lichfield, January 15, 1970

Talitha Getty leaning on a wall with vines by her house in Marrakesh, Morocco, photographed by Patrick Lichfield, January 15, 1970

Talitha Getty leaning on a wall with vines by her house in Marrakesh, Morocco, photographed by Patrick Lichfield, January 15, 1970

Talitha Getty sitting by a window in her house in Marrakesh, Morocco, photographed by Patrick Lichfield, January 15, 1970

Talitha Getty sitting by a window in her house in Marrakesh, Morocco, photographed by Patrick Lichfield, January 15, 1970

Talitha Getty wearing a headscarf behind ferns in Marrakesh, Morocco, photographed by Patrick Lichfield, January 15, 1970

Talitha Getty wearing a sombrero in a garden in Marrakesh, Morocco, photographed by Patrick Lichfield, January 15, 1970

Talitha Getty wearing a turban and kaftan in her living room in Marrakesh, Morocco, photographed by Patrick Lichfield, January 15, 1970

Talitha Getty wearing a turban and kaftan in her living room in Marrakesh, Morocco, photographed by Patrick Lichfield, January 15, 1970

(Photo © Patrick Lichfield)




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