Garth Benton sued his friend, Gordon Getty, for painting over a mural he did in the Getty home, where Christine Rosamond Benton spent the night. Christine’s partner in the Crossroads gallery, Lawrence Chazen, was a financial advisor for the Getty family, and their partner in Plumpjack. That is Chazen at the Rosamond gallery, and Christine at the Getty home.
Princess Diana, my possible kin, met Aileen at a foundation for AIDS victims. Aileen was stricken with AIDS and spent her fortune fighting this disease. This is key because I sent letters to Judges and Congressman objecting to my family’s Legacy of Recovery that could save many lives, being sold to, and then mishandled by lovers of money.
The Getty children were hippies and abusers of drugs, as were the Presco children. Christine’s funeral fell on her first sober birthday. I had seven years of sobriety.
After I forbid Tom Snyder to use my family recovery in his terrible book, and after he promised me he would not, he went against his word and made it a theme of ‘When You Close Your Eyes’ he pretending he knew about 12 Step programs.
Garth and Shannon Rosamond did the murals at the Getty Villa. His kindred, Aileen Getty, was an artist, a talented human being found in my family tree. Alan C. Fox has his people, I have mine. Why can’t there be a merger?
The Getty family has started many foundations and amassed one of the world’s largest art collections. Both the Getty and Fox family give grants to folks to do the research I have done. I have connected my family to great people while the un-gifted members of my family lured my seventeen year old daughter into their camp, dangling the Rosamond limelight before her – and the hint of Wealth! I don’t have a price, and thus I am a threat.
Then there is Liz’s art collection which I will post on next.
What is truly exciting is that I am kin to the fashion Model, Talitha Getty, who was married John P. Getty Jr. who amassed the world’s largest art collection. Talitha is still the Bohemian Fashion Muse that influenced the first work of my late sister, the world artist, Christine Rosamond Benton, who husband rendered murals at the Getty mansions. Lawrence Chazen owns several high class restaurants and is a partner in the PlumpJack Wineries along with members of the Getty, Newsom, and Pelosi family. Add to this the political Benton and Fremont family, ad you have California Bohemian Royalty.
My ex-wife, Mary Ann Tharaldsen, any my two Models and Muses, Marilyn Reed, and Rena Victoria Easton, have played a huge role in bringing together the world’s foremost Creative Dynasty that is a New Renaissance in America! Rosemary, Christine, Marilyn, and Gloria Ehlers made their own clothes. Gloria made me the blue shirt you see in photo with Rosemary and my aunt Lillian. These Rosamond sisters did not know we were related to Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor. Nor did my daughter, Heather Hanson.
A real biography of a famous artist is going to begin with a genealogy because creative people or usually born in a creative family tree, and marry people who also have creative ancestors. Heather had no interest in our family, and backed the outsiders (along with her mother) who hired a ghost writer who mentioned one of our ancestors – but got it wrong! Edwin Milton Royle is not Rosemary’s father – and thus not Liz Taylor’s kindred.
Also, the outsiders disappeared Christine’s 276 page autobiography lest the Heirs claim copyright to any book or movie they push – like drug dealers! Liz was victim to this outsider abuse all her life – and after she is dead!
In the worst biography ever written – that they can not sell – it is revealed Rosamond put images from fashion magazine, such as Vogue, in a projector and traced beautiful women on to a canvas. To reveal that the world famous Talitha is my kin goes with how Christine became successful, because Talitha appeared on the cover of Vogue. This is artistic justice because Talitha was married to John D. Rockefeller Jr. who had the world’s largest, and finest art collection found outside the Louvre and the Hermitage. She was John’s Muse. The three sisters of my Muse, Rena Victoria Easton were models that appeared on the cover of fashion magazines. If Rena came to California to be discovered and find fame, fame has found her – alas! Not but five minutes after we met, my two sisters are beholding her beauty.
Talitha Getty, Beauty Muse of the Moment
Thu, 22 March 2012 10:52AM
There are several beauty icons whose names pop up regularly backstage at the fashion shows, as makeup artists reference them as their guiding hair or makeup influence. Brigitte Bardot is a favourite (cue smoky eyes and bedheady hair); Sophia Loren another (nobody did winged eyeliner better); and Brooke Shields too (whenever anyone wants to make a strong brow statement). But there’s another name that has been thrown around with increasing regularity recently.
It’s Talitha Getty, who was the wife of the oil heir, John Paul Getty Junior, in the 1960s. She’s probably best known for this photograph:
It was taken in Marrakesh in 1969, and has come to symbolise the whole 1960s bohemian hippie vibe. Any time a designer or fashion editor goes all gaga about kaftans and harem pants, you can bet Talitha Getty’s name is not far behind.
We all know about Elizabeth Taylor the movie star, the glamour queen, the AIDS activist.
But what about Elizabeth Taylor, the mother?
In all the coverage of Taylor’s life, her children seemed like little more than a footnote. She had four of them: two sons by her second husband Michael Wilding, a daughter by her third husband Mike Todd, and an adopted daughter with her fifth and sixth husband Richard Burton.
“I don’t think we heard a lot about her as a mother because we don’t tend to think of mothers as so glamorous,” said William J. Mann, author of “How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood.” “She was this globetrotting beautiful siren who kept them out of the spotlight — she wasn’t pushing them onto TV shows as some famous parents do. there wasn’t a lot of use of her children in the media.”
Even so, their lives, like hers, took dramatic turns.
Michael Howard Wilding, 58, acted for many years, most prominently as Jackson Freemont on the now-off-air soap opera “Guiding Light.” In his teens and twenties, he showed a rebellious streak, decamping to India and then England to form a rock band, and fathering two daughters with two different women before settling down with his current wife, Brooke Palance, the daughter of actor Jack Palance.
Christopher Wilding, 55, works as a photographer and film editor. He famously married oil heiress Aileen Getty in 1981. Before their wedding, Taylor threw a star-studded party for the couple, hosting Sissy Spacek, Carol Burnett, Dudley Moore and more of her A-list friends at the home of home of Aileen’s divorced mother, Gail Harris Getty.
Christopher Wilding and Aileen Getty’s marriage also didn’t last — they divorced in 1989, and two years later, Aileen Getty revealed that she was HIV positive.
From left to right: Michael Howard Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Maria Burton and Liza Burton Tivey at Elizabeth Taylor’s 75th birthday party.
Liza Burton Tivey, 53, went to a tony private school in Gstaad, Switzerland and dabbled in acting. Considering her upbringing, it was a natural pursuit. “When Elizabeth was making ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,’ she had Liza on the set with her quite a bit,” Mann said.
But even from an early age, it seemed clear that Burton Tivey didn’t want to stay in the spotlight. At a party Taylor and Burton threw after one of her school performances, a reporter from Britain’s The Daily Mail asked Burton Tivey if she wanted to follow in the footsteps of her mother, who became a star at age 12. Her reply: “An actress? Urggh.” She chose instead to work as a sculptor in upstate New York, where she lives with her husband, two sons and their horses.
Taylor began the process of adopting her second daughter, a German orphan, with her fourth husband, Eddie Fisher. After they divorced, Burton helped Taylor adopt the little girl, whom they named Maria Burton.
Taylor reportedly had Maria go through nearly two dozen surgeries to correct a genetic defect in her hips. In her teens and twenties, she tried out modeling and fashion design, and later started a talent agency with her first husband, Steve Carson. Their marriage soured in 2000, and when Maria fled to Taylor’s home with her 2-year-old son, Carson publicly blamed Taylor for using her star power to tear his family apart.
“Elizabeth becomes the mother hen when those kids were threatened,” Mann said. “She took Maria’s side and bore the brunt of the criticism through that ordeal.”
Pol became the second wife of John Paul Getty, Jr. on 10 December 1966. She was married in a white mini-skirt, trimmed with mink. The Gettys became part of “Swinging” London’s fashionable scene, becoming friends with, among others, singers Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones and his girl-friend Marianne Faithfull. Faithfull has recounted her apprehension, through “ingrained agoraphobia”, about an invitation to spend five weeks with the Gettys in Morocco (“but for Mick this is an essential part of his life”) and how, after splitting from Jagger, she took up with Talitha Getty’s lover, Count Jean de Breteuil, a young French aristocrat (1949–1971). Breteuil supplied drugs to rock stars such as Jim Morrison of the Doors, Keith Richards, and Marianne Faithfull, who wrote that Breteuil “saw himself as dealer to the stars”. For his part, Richards recalled that John Paul and Talitha Getty “had the best and finest opium”.
Print designer Celia Birtwell, who married designer Ossie Clark, recalled Talitha Getty as one of a number of “beautiful people” who crossed her threshold in the late 1960s, while couturier Yves Saint Laurent likened the Gettys to the title of a 1922 novel by F Scott Fitzgerald as “beautiful and damned”.
John Paul Getty, who has been described as “a swinging playboy who drove fast cars, drank heavily, experimented with drugs and squired raunchy starlets”, eschewed the family business, Getty Oil, during this period, much to the chagrin of his father. However, in later years, he became a philanthropist and (as a US citizen) received an honorary British knighthood in 1986. His luxury yacht, built in 1927 and renovated in 1994, was the MY Talitha G.
In July 1968, the Gettys had a son, Tara Gabriel Gramophone Galaxy, who became a noted ecological conservationist in Africa, dropped his third and fourth forenames, and took Irish citizenship in 1999. He and his wife Jessica (a chalet maid he met in Verbier) had three children, including a daughter named Talitha.
While still working for Shorenstein, Newsom formed his first business partnership, PlumpJack Associates, to open a wine shop on Fillmore Street. His partner was Gordon Getty’s son, William or “Billy” as he’s called, whom Newsom had known since boyhood. He said Gordon Getty invested between $7,500 and $15, 000.
The wine shop opened in 1992. Other ventures followed. By last year, Newsom had created a network of limited partnerships and holding companies to own and operate businesses and investments in San Francisco, Napa Valley, Squaw Valley and Maui.
Most are part of the PlumpJack group, which in addition to the wine shop includes the upscale PlumpJack Cafe, also on Fillmore Street, the PlumpJack winery and an online wine outlet.
Other Newsom partnerships own two popular Cow Hollow night spots, the venerable Balboa Cafe and the MatrixFillmore bar, which features designer cocktails, a plasma screen video system and tables shaped as letters S, E and X. Other partnerships run the Squaw Valley Inn, or are associated with PlumpJack and Balboa cafes at the ski resort.
And while Newsom contended that Gordon Getty is only one financial backer of many, records show the billionaire is Newsom’s top outside investor, either individually or through his firms and family trusts.
Getty owns 49 percent of the concern that manages all the PlumpJack businesses; 96 percent of the winery; 96 percent of the partnership that runs the Squaw Valley Inn; and more than 80 percent of Newsom’s real estate development firm (recently, Getty and Judge Newsom bought him out, Newsom says). Getty has a smaller stake in the other businesses, but he’s still the lead outside investor in most.
Getty declined to be interviewed for this story. In response to written questions, he said he treats Newsom like a son and invested in Newsom’s first business because of that relationship. “After that,” he said, “the reason for my further investments was the success of the first.”
Getty’s son Billy also invested in five businesses, and other Gettys, including Gordon’s wife, Ann, own stakes in some.
Other investors represent a slice of upper-strata San Francisco: a firm associated with Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi; high-society plastic surgeon Jack Owsley; even TV newscaster Ross McGowan, whose morning news show has often showcased Newsom the politician.
Members of Gavin Newsom’s wine, restaurant, bar, resort and real estate partnerships since 1991:
Kevin & Bronwyn Brunner, John Burton, Casey and Michelle Cadwell, Bob and Barbara Callan, Frank Caufield, Donna Chazen, Lawrence Chazen, Joe & Victoria Cotchett, Michael & Hilary Decesare, Philip DeLimur, Don Dianda, Gretchen Dianda, Edward Everett, Richard Freemon, James Fuller, Stanlee Gatti, Robert Gerry, Andrew Getty, Ann Getty, Anna Getty, Chris Getty, Gordon Getty, Mark Getty, Peter Getty, Ronald Getty, Tara Getty, William “Billy” Getty, Robert Goldberg, Florianne Gordon, Stu Gordon, Gordon Goletto, David Goodman, Arthur Groza, Richard & Martha Guggenhime, Tony and Anthony Guilfoyle, Shelly Guyer, James & Shea Halligan, Bob & Jill Hamer, Erin Howard, Thomas Huntington, Isolep Enterprises (Paul and Nancy Pelosi family personal investment company), Peter Jacobi, Gaye Jenkins, Jeffrey Kanbar, Chad Kawai, David Lamonde, John Larson, Rob Lavoie, Leavitt/Weaver interior designers, Marc Leland, Maryon Davies Lewis, Anne McCutcheon, Chris McCutcheon, Ross McGowan, Rich McNally, Robert & Carole McNeil, Paul Mohun, Robert Mohun, Jeff Morin, Sara Moughan, Terry Moughan, Brian Mueth, Bob Naify, Marshall Naify, John Nees, Barbara Newsom, Brennan Newsom, Catherine & David Newsom, Gavin Newsom, Patrick Newsom,
Tessa Newsom, William Newsom, John O’Hara, Jack Owsley, Pacific Design, Matt Pelosi, Robynne Piggott, James Samuel Powers, Elizabeth Rice, Jeremy Scherer, Paul Scherer, Gary Schnitzer, Steve & Theresa Selover, Steve Siino, Trevor Traina, Chris Vietor, Francesca Vietor, Kenneth Weeman, Nicki West, Justin & Aridne Williams, Kevin Williams, Thomas & Kiyoko Woodhouse
Lawrence J. Chazen, Inc. is a financial investment advisory firm headquartered in Carmel, California. The firm manages 3 accounts totaling an estimated $8 Million of assets under management.
Lawrence J. Chazen, Trustee
Larry Chazen grew up in Iowa. He was educated at the University of Colorado where he earned a B.A. in Accounting and Law degree. His career focus has been as an investment manager and advisor. Larry is both a CPA and a member of the California Bar and, since 1994, has served on the Board of Noble Corporation – a Fortune 500 company. He is an owner of the Carmel Restaurant Group, which includes Grasing’s and Kurt’s Carmel Chop House restaurants. Larry and his wife Cece (who grew up in Pacific Grove) live in Carmel and have three children and two grandchildren. Larry enjoys hiking and travel.
Aileen Getty is an artist. She married Christopher Wilding, son of Elizabeth Taylor, and has two sons- one with Wilding, the other adopted. Aileen became HIV-positive in 1984, and developed full-blown AIDS in 1990. However, she and Taylor are still very close, as well as devoted AIDS activists.
The Chop House, like its older sibling and neighbor, Grasing”s, is owned by a trio of intense devotees of food: Kurt Grasing, Narsai David and Larry Chazen. Grasing is executive chef of both restaurants and is unpretentious enough to fill any temporary vacancy in the kitchen, from pantry chef (cold food) on up. David is well known in the Bay Area as a chef, culinary educator, media personality, and owner of Narsai”s restaurant in Kensington.
I don”t know of any other local restaurants with the double-barrel ownership of two chefs, so I have high expectations for every aspect of the experience.
The wine list has been honed to a polish, including selections from Narsai”s personal cellar. If you throw a dart at the list, chances are you”ll be well over $40 for red and $30 for white, but there are a few wines below these points.