Unique Name: Tara Gabriel Galaxy Gramophone Getty

Most of us have heard of J. Paul Getty, who was one of the wealthiest people in America during his lifetime. But most of us have probably not heard that one of his grandchildren was named “Gramophone.”

This particular grandchild was the son of Eugene Paul Getty, who later went by John Paul Getty II, and his second wife, Dutch model Talitha Pol.

The couple were the toast of Europe’s glamour-hippie set, jetting to exotic spots with the likes of Mick Jagger. “J. P. II’s whole young-adult life,” says Evey, “was Marrakech and the Rolling Stones.”

Here’s how French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent described the scene:

Like F. Scott Fitzgerald, I love a dying frenzy. […] In my own life, I’ve seen the last afterglow of the sumptuous Paris of before the war. The balls of the fifties and the splendor of the vigorous haute couture. And then I knew the youthfulness of the sixties: Talitha and Paul Getty lying on a starlit terrace in Marrakesh, beautiful and damned, and a whole generation assembled as if for eternity where the curtain of the past seemed to life before an extraordinary future.

In 1968, Paul and Talitha couple welcomed their only child, a son.

They named him Tara Gabriel Gramophone Galaxy Getty.

Talitha and Tara
Talitha and Tara

In 1971, Talitha died of a heroin overdose. Her death occurred “in the 12-month period that also saw the deaths of Edie Sedgwick, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Janis Joplin.”

(Tragedy struck John Paul II’s family again in 1973 when his eldest son, John Paul III, was kidnapped by the Calabrian mafia.)

Tara Gabriel Galaxy Gramophone Getty has long since dropped both “Gramophone” and “Galaxy” from his full name.

Today, he and his wife Jessica live in South Africa on the Phinda Game Reserve. They have three kids named Orlando, Caspar, and Talitha.



In case you’re curious, here are the (first) names of all the kids and grand-kids of J. Paul Getty:

  • With first wife Jeannette Dumont (m. 1923) he had one son, George. George went on to have three daughters: Ann, Claire and Caroline.
  • With third wife Adolphine Helme (m. 1928) he had one son, Jean. Jean went on to have four kids: Christopher, Stephanie, Cecile and Christina.
  • With fourth wife Ann Rork (m. 1932) he had two sons, Eugene (JPII) and Gordon. Eugene/JP went on to have five kids: Jean, Aileen, Mark, Ariadne and Tara. Gordon went on to have seven kids: Gordon, Andrew, John, William, Nicolette, Kendalle and Alexandra.
  • With fifth wife Louise “Teddy” Lynch (m. 1930) he had one son, Timothy.

3 thoughts on “Unique Name: Tara Gabriel Galaxy Gramophone Getty

  1. All of my name books say that Tara — both the Irish/English version and the Indian version — is a girl name. (I remember blogging about a Tarali, also a girl, a few years ago.)

    But I’m looking into it a bit more now and seeing that usage isn’t always female.

    In fact, the Indian version — which simply means “star” in various languages, like Hindi and Urdu — seems to be traditionally unisex.

    Even the Anglo version, while overwhelmingly used as a female name, isn’t exclusively female. In England I found two male Taras — socialite and counterculture-member Tara Browne (who died in 1966 at age 21) and Keith Richards’ son Tara (born and died in 1976) named in honor of Tara Browne.

    Tara Getty may have been named with Tara Browne in mind as well, who knows.

  2. I hope Tara and his family are enjoying life in Africa. I read the biography of J. Paul Getty years ago and at the time thought of the horrors drugs can do to ANY family. It is too bad most of the original founder’s offspring didn’t work as hard or as cleverly as the founder and his father, George, did to establish continuing business ventures. But receiving a large amount of money from a trust will likely diminish motivation in anyone.

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