Talitha Dina Pol was born in Java from a Dutch father and a British mother whose family was reputed in intellectual and artistic circles. Following World War II, the young girl settled in London where she studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before raising as a recognized and beautiful figure of the city's Swinging Sixties. In 1966, she married the oil tycoon heir, John Paul Getty Jr. and the couple became central figures of the Swinging London's scene, befriending the Rolling Stones, Yves Saint Laurent and Ossie Clark while Talitha Getty appeared in a few films such as Barbarella, in 1968. Soon, with their Moroccan home, they embodied an exotic hippie chic style made of Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent dresses as well as caftans and ethnic jewellery, living a greatly hedonist and bohemian lifestyle fuelled by numerous drugs. An incarnation of what would later be called the gypset, Talitha Getty was propelled as an icon following her early death from a heroin overdose in the family's Roman palace – the embodiment of a modern version of Fitzgerald 'beautiful and damned' according to Yves Saint Laurent.