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Alone Together: My Life with J. Paul Getty Kindle Edition

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“’Alone Together’ is a whirlwind tour through the storied places and people of the early 20th century: the Stork Club and the Russian Tea Room, appearances by Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Jesse Lasky.” (LA Times)

“Their whirlwind courtship ... is the stuff of legend.” (C Magazine)

“Teddy vividly reflects on the tumultuous days of her marriage to the world’s first billionaire and the tragedies that defined their lives.” (Booklist)

“Offers a glimpse into a privileged world where all that glittered was far from being gold.” (Kirkus)

About the Author

Theodora "Teddy" Getty Gaston, born in Chicago in 1913, began singing at the age of sixteen in the chorus of J. J. Shubert's Arms and the Maid and, in the twenties, performed as a torch singer in New York's most prestigious supper clubs. She studied opera in Europe and worked for the New York Herald Tribune during World War II. After a long romance, she married J. Paul Getty, with whom she had one child. During their eighteen-year marriage, Teddy acted in Forgotten Women and Billy Wilder's The Lost Weekend, and she started a water company, a candy company, and a children's charity in her son's name. In 1990, she wrote her first book, The Mark of the Eagle.



Digby Diehl is one of the most trusted and successful literary collaborators in America. He has written, cowritten, rewritten, researched, and edited more than three dozen books. He was the founding editor of the original Los Angeles Times Book Review and previously served as a book columnist for AARP The Magazine and as a literary correspondent for ABC's Good Morning America. Diehl is currently the book editor of The Rotarian and writes articles and reviews for publications such as Esquire, the New York Times, People, and TV Guide. He lives in Pasadena with his wife, Kay Beyer Diehl.


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  • File Size: 43490 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco (September 3, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 3, 2013
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BATKNY8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Theodora "Teddy" Getty Gaston, born in Chicago in 1913, began singing at the age of sixteen in the chorus of J. J. Shubert's Arms and the Maid and, in the twenties, performed as a torch singer in New York's most prestigious supper clubs. She studied opera in Europe and worked for the New York Herald Tribune during World War II. After a long romance, she married J. Paul Getty, with whom she had one child. During their eighteen-year marriage, Teddy acted in Forgotten Women and Billy Wilder's The Lost Weekend, and she started a water company, a candy company, and a children's charity in her son's name. In 1990, she wrote her first book, The Mark of the Eagle.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Gigi on September 3, 2013
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If you want Kardashian don't read this book. This book is about a woman who had not a lot of self worth due to sexual abuse and rape as a child and ended up marrying america's first billionaire- NOT for the money- I think love and wanting to be something more was what she wanted....its fascinating really what she went through and how a woman's libber she was back in 1938 when she refuses to leave italy after they wed... It shows a side of Getty no one has seen- a human side by someone who should have stayed married to a man but chose to leave because she wanted more in the end...Its sad what happened to their son ...like the movie The way we were...look between the lines on this one and get pulled into another era
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Wilson Trivino on September 25, 2013
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Teddy Getty Gaston aspired to do three things, have a successful singing career, marry the man she loved, and have a beautiful child. She did it all. In Alone Together: My Life with J. Paul Getty by Teddy Getty Gaston with Digby Diehl, the reader gets insight into a magical love affair with one of the barons of American industry J. Paul Getty.
Up to this point, Getty to me was a name synonymous with buildings and supporters of great causes, I did not really know anything about this family.
The author, who just turned 100, takes you to a simple time of fancy parties, salons, and a changing world as globalization was transforming the world. Teddy was a modern woman in a time that the traditional role was standard. As Getty's fourth wife, she loved a man who was complex, fascinating, and worked all the time.
Her first person accounts of World War II and how she got tangled up in the bureaucratic maze are very telling. In the end, this memoir is about a woman who did it her way and reminds us that we all need to live full interesting lives.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mstave on September 30, 2013
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Alone Together takes the reader away to another time and place. I had a hard time putting it down and loved the honest style of Teddy Gaston's storytelling ! What a life and time in our history! A wonderful story of dedication ,desire,love and loss and a woman that was way ahead of her time. Bravo!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 18, 2013
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What an incredible time to live...what an extraordinary woman ...what an enormous ability to LOVE...and she loved J.Paul like no other woman every did...What a gloriously warm and open armed woman she is...how lucky Getty was to have had her in his life...It is no wonder that he never was able to marry again....Her story truly made me feel as though I was living back in the days of fabulous night clubs of Manhattan in the 20's-30's-40's and 50's....I cannot wait to read her story again and again and intend to buy it as Christmas gifts for all of my friends...I am so hoping that Teddy Lynch Getty Gaston might honor us with another chapter from her life!!!! ABSOLUTELY MAD FOR THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A MUST MUST MUST READ
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By celeste huston on September 23, 2013
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Knowing this wonderful woman and admiring her for my many years of our friendship more than many women of quality, I find this book on her life captivating as is she!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Booklover on September 19, 2013
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A truly interesting life and an admirable independent woman! This book paints a vivid portrait of so many unforgettable people. I enjoyed reading about Teddy, Paul Getty and their remarkable son Timmy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dudley de zonia on September 16, 2013
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a great book! teddy getty gaston shares the story of her life with j. paul getty. read it in a day... waiting for the sequel
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Edward E. Thompson on September 16, 2013
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So interesting. A look at the lives of the rich and famous with the backdrop of the war and the tragedy of the death of a child.
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