Paul & Balthazar Getty
© Carinthia West

Paul & Balthazar Getty

By Carinthia West
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John Paul and his wife Martine Getty were friends of mine who lived in San Francisco. They had two children, Balthazar and Anna. Balthazar is now a well-known actor, but when this photo was taken he was just a four-year-old kid. Balthazar picked up this cocktail parasol to pose with.

Paul himself, had risen above some terrible afflictions, having been kidnapped and had his ear cut off as a ransom threat when he was 17. A drug-overdose caused him to have a stroke, which left him disabled for the rest of his life. He passed away in February 2011. This is such a happy, innocent picture, taken before all those events. That is the Paul I remember. 
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Paul & Balthazar Getty
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