In the wake of the death this past weekend in England of John Paul Getty III (pictured), West Hollywood filmmaker Phillippe Mora today shares via WeHoNews.com a wonderful ode to the man’s very well-heeled spirit.
Mora first hired Getty in 1978, as a favor to David Puttnam, to help with a documentary project. Soon enough, Mora was being driven around town by Getty in a Porsche, witnessing the opening of doors that he “never knew existed.” The pair then journeyed to New York to pitch Andy Warhol. That meeting didn’t go particularly well, much like the subsequent conversation Mora had with the manager of the Pierre Hotel, where he and Getty had checked into the Presidential Suite. Recalls Mora:
The manager politely asked how I was going to settle the bill. It was astronomical. “Didn’t Paul handle this?” I asked. “His family owns the hotel.”
“Not anymore. We have had this happen before with Mr. Getty.” The manager allowed me to settle for far less than the bill. Paul laughed the whole thing off, saying he was going to introduce me to Timothy Leary…
Mora notes that despite becoming paralyzed from a stroke in 1981, Getty maintained an incredibly unlikely and inspiring joie de vivre right through until his death. RIP, Mr. Getty.