Meeting Paul and Talitha Getty

The wealthy American heir John Paul Getty Jr. and his wife Talitha were part of Marrakech’s expat community. The embodiment of bohemianism and luxury, she seemed to Yves Saint Laurent like a modern-day heroine straight out of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.

[Talitha] arrived like a gust of wind, bringing a tornado with her when she married John Paul Getty Jr. She brought something new to that family and that whole world. She was a very beautiful woman who had never even thought about being dressed by a haute couture house, despite having the means to do so; she dressed a bit like a hippie. She was very touching, and she was very pretty. Yes, she was all of that. But, above all, she was a completely free character, and that, that was very important.

Pierre Bergé, L’Officiel, 2016.

On July 11, 1971, Talitha died from a heroine overdose in her apartment in Rome.