Teddy Getty Gaston

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Teddy Getty Gaston
Louise Dudley Theodora Lynch

(1913-09-13)September 13, 1913
DiedApril 8, 2017(2017-04-08) (aged 103)

Teddy Getty Gaston (September 13, 1913 – April 8, 2017)[1] (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.

Early life[edit]

Lynch was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1913. She was raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. She moved to New York City to become a singer and worked at a supper club for $25 a week.[1]

Life with John Paul Getty[edit]

While singing at a nightclub in New York in 1935, Lynch met J. Paul Getty.[1][2] 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.[1]

Lynch went to England and Italy to study opera and she worked as a journalist for the New York Herald Tribune.[1] On the dawn of World War II, Lynch was arrested and held by the Italian Fascist Party and was accused of being a spy.[2] 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.[1]

Lynch and Getty divorced in 1958.[2] Lynch was Getty's longest marriage and last wife before his death in 1976.[1]

Marriage to William Gaston and life after Getty[edit]

She married her friend William Gaston. She had a daughter with Gaston, Louise Gigi Gaston.[1][2]

Gaston performed as an opera singer in the Billy Wilder film The Lost Weekend. She published a novel called The Mark of an Eagle in 1990.[1]

Late life and death[edit]

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.[1][2]


  • 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


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Marble, Steve (12 April 2017). "Teddy Getty Gaston, who wrote an unflinching memoir about her marriage to J. Paul Getty, dies at 103". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Miller, Mike. "Teddy Getty Gaston, J. Paul Getty's Ex-Wife, Dies". People. Retrieved 3 December 2017.