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Ivy Getty’s marriage to Tobias Engel may have broken family curse


Billionaire heiress Ivy Getty may be breaking the cycle of tragedy in her family.

The 26-year-old just married her photographer boyfriend Tobias Engel in a three day extravagance extravagance in her hometown of San Francisco – with a mirrored glass wedding dress by John Galliano.

Nancy Pelosi officiated and the luminaries in attendance included singer Olivia Rodrigo, Princess Olympia of Greece, Governor of California Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco London Breed and bridesmaid Ivy, star of “Queen’s Gambit. “Anya Taylor-Joy. Mark Ronson was a DJ at a pre-wedding ’60s-themed party, and Earth, Wind and Fire performed.

It’s a fairytale fresh start for Ivy, who last year lost her father, John Gilbert Getty, to a drug overdose, and her beloved grandmother, Ann, to a heart attack. . Ivy also had a somewhat chaotic upbringing.

John Gilbert Getty was such a dysfunctional parent to the point where Ann took over and decided Ivy was going to live with her and [her husband] Gordon, ”an insider told The Post last year. “It was kind of like a modern take on the poor little rich girl. Ivy’s mother was not too present.

Ivy’s jewelry designer mother Alyssa Boothby, also known as Alyssa Jewels, was in attendance at the wedding. But a guest who attended the three-day celebration told the Post she had never seen the two interact.

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi presided over the ceremony at San Francisco City Hall.
José Villa / Vogue Magazine

“It doesn’t look like a lot of love is wasted there,” the guest said. “[Boothby] is rarely, if ever, mentioned by Ivy. Ann raised her and they adored each other. Boothby’s LinkedIn profile indicates that she works as a full-time waitress at the Presidio in San Francisco.

The memory of Ivy’s deceased relatives resonated at the wedding in a gentle, not sad, way, according to a guest, who said her veil was decorated with images of her father and her guitar and her grandmother. The deceased were also remembered by name in the wedding program, she said.

“My grandmother and father were by my side, just like me, gagging with joy” Ivy wrote on her Instagram after the event.

John Gilbert Getty, Ivy’s 52-year-old musician father, died of heart problems triggered by an accidental fentanyl overdose in a San Antonio hotel room on November 20, 2020. His grandmother Ann Getty, who raised Ivy in the Getty mansion where she hosted, died at age 79, two months before her own son died.

Ivy says Vogue that her late grandmother inspired her choice of designer wedding dresses: “My grandmother always wore John Galliano’s designs,” she said. “After my grandmother passed away – she was really more like a mother to me – I felt that connection with John. I knew I wanted him to design my wedding dress.

Still, the guest said: “[The wedding] was not what I expected or what you would think when seeing all the photos. It was done so well that it didn’t seem great, and John and Ann’s memories were so inspiring and loving. It was just exquisite and filled with friends of Ivy and Toby that they have all known forever and who want the best for them. It was not a superficial social marriage where everyone said in a low voice, “This will never last. It felt like a real love match.

The wedding party included
The wedding party included “Queen’s Gambit” actress Anya Taylor-Joy (left of the bride), who was a bridesmaid.
José Villa / Vogue Magazine

Sources say Ann would be happy with Ivy’s husband’s choice.

“Toby really cared about Ivy,” added the guest, who has known the Getty family, including Ivy’s grandfather, 87-year-old Gordon Getty, for more than four decades.

“He adores her. He wrote his own vows and they blew everyone away. He said ‘I am your protector and your slave.’ It was so sincere. It wasn’t just two rich kids who, like, met in Ibiza last year.

Engel, who has been described as an aspiring tech entrepreneur and director as well as a photographer, was born in Vienna. Her parents are Peter Engel, an Austrian businessman, and Cheryl Prime, an English actress. She appeared in “Coronation Street” in 1982 and in the “Stolen” series of 1990.

The couple met at London Fashion Week and Engel proposed at sunset in Capri.

Getty, Taylor-Joy and more celebrated at a pre-wedding party with a '60s Mod theme.
Getty, Taylor-Joy and more celebrated at a pre-wedding party with a ’60s Mod theme.

Ivy met bridesmaid Anya Taylor-Joy six years ago, on the actress’ first day in Los Angeles, according to La Coupe.

“My little girl got married yesterday,” Taylor-Joy wrote on Instagram Monday. “To be by your side for all these years and your bridesmaid has been nothing less than a privilege and your existence nothing less than a miracle. I am so PROUD of the woman you have become. If you ever have the slightest doubt, I loved you and I will love you forever.

CONGRATULATIONS LIL MONKEY SPICE! You were truly the most beautiful of brides.

Ivy’s optimism was obvious last year after her father died, when she told the Post how much she loved him and even though she was in mourning, she also felt grateful.

“I am filled with gratitude for everything he taught me,” she said. “My glass is half full. I think our generation [of Gettys] received a special opportunity to do good in the world, and we intend to take advantage of this opportunity.

Ivy is the great-granddaughter of J. Paul Getty, the founder of Getty Oil, born in Minnesota, who by the mid-20th century was the richest man in the world – with a fortune of 1.2 billion dollars (around 9.1 billion dollars today). He has forty descendants and the family has experienced an inordinate share of tragedy over the decades.

John Gilbert Getty with his daughter Ivy Getty
Ivy’s father, John Gilbert Getty, died of heart problems caused by an overdose of fentanyl in 2020.

In 1973, John Paul Getty III – the 16-year-old grandson of the Patriarch (making him Ivy’s first cousin) – was kidnapped in Rome. His captors demanded $ 17 million, which his grandfather would not pay, which led his captors to cut off his right ear.

The ordeal, coupled with terrible neglect, ruined the boy’s life. At just 24 years old, he found himself paralyzed following a drug overdose. John Paul III, who was the father of actor Balthazar Getty, died in 2011, aged 55.

In 2015, Getty’s brother Andrew Getty died of bleeding from an ulcer. It was discovered that he had methamphetamine in his body at the time of his death.

Ivy's mother, Alyssa Boothby (left), was not very present during her childhood, so Ann Getty - the mother of John Gilbert (right) - raised the girl.
Ivy’s mother, Alyssa Boothby (left), was not very present during her childhood, so Ann Getty – the mother of John Gilbert (right) – raised the girl.

“No one in the family calls it an overdose,” the wedding guest said. “They say he died under mysterious circumstances. It’s still the sentence.

In addition to Ivy, the younger generation includes fashion designer August Getty, 26, who dresses icons ranging from Cher and Hailey Baldwin to Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus. Isabel Getty, 25, the jet set musician daughter of Christopher Getty and Pia Miller, is the singer of the group Jean Marlow. And Nats (Natalia) Getty, 27, founded her own streetwear clothing line, Strike Oil, and is an LBGTQ activist married to Gigi Gorgeous, a transgender woman with huge success on YouTube.


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