Teddy Getty Gaston
Teddy Getty Gaston
Louise Dudley Theodora Lynch
September 13, 1913
|Died||April 8, 2017 (aged 103)|
Teddy Getty Gaston (September 13, 1913 – April 8, 2017) (born Louise Dudley Theodora Lynch, also known as Teddy Lynch and Theodora Getty) was an American author and singer. She was the last wife of J. Paul Getty.
Life with John Paul Getty
While singing at a nightclub in New York in 1935, Lynch met J. Paul Getty. The two start dating. Lynch wanted to be an opera singer and Getty paid for her lessons. The couple married in Rome, Italy, in 1939.
Lynch went to England and Italy to study opera and she worked as a journalist for the New York Herald Tribune. On the dawn of World War II, Lynch was arrested and held by the Italian Fascist Party and was accused of being a spy. She was freed and moved back to the United States in 1942. Getty was living in Oklahoma and Lynch chose to reside in Santa Monica, California. Lynch had a son with Getty named Timmy, who died aged 12 of a brain tumor. Getty was overseas when Timmy died and remained there when the boy was buried at the family's home, now the Getty Villa.
Marriage to William Gaston and life after Getty
Late life and death
In 2013, her 100th year, she published a memoir titled Alone Together: My Life with J. Paul Getty. Gaston resided in Malibu, California. She died on April 8, 2017, at her home with her dog, Apache, and her daughter, Gigi.
- Gaston, Teddy Getty and Robert Jackson Hill. The Mark of the Eagle. Xlibris Corp: Bloomington (2002). ISBN 0738838225
- Gaston, Teddy Getty. Alone Together: My Life with J. Paul Getty. Ecco: New York (2013). ISBN 0062219715
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- Miller, Mike. "Teddy Getty Gaston, J. Paul Getty's Ex-Wife, Dies". People. Retrieved 3 December 2017.