Ann Getty blossomed from teenage tomboy driving a tractor on her parents’ peach farm in California to the elegant wife of the composer Gordon Getty, who also happened to be the fourth child of the world’s richest man, the oil baron J Paul Getty.

Beautiful, effervescent and smart, Getty was the perfect hostess of their lavish parties in San Francisco attended by the glitterati of the classical music world, such as Luciano Pavarotti, Jessye Norman and Plácido Domingo.

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