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Did You Work For The Getty Family When They Lived At Sutton Place?

BBC 1’s The One Show is keen to talk to people who worked for billionaire J Paul Getty and his family at Sutton Place when they lived there between the 1960s and 1980s.

Billionaire J Paul Getty at Sutton Place. Picture from a BBC documentary in which he was interviewed by Alan Whicker and first shown in 1963. It can be viewed on BBC iPlayer.

It plans is to make a short documentary about life at the house that is just on the edge of Guildford, but actually within the borough of Woking.

Sutton Place was owned by the American oil baron J. Paul Getty, from 1959. He moved in in 1960 and entertained his wealthy friends there, and probably tied up business deals too.

It is said that he adopted a very low personal profile locally, being occasionally seen by Sutton Green villagers driving through in a very old model Cadillac coupé.

There is a Hollywood film out at the moment about the Getty family, and a TV series coming up soon also.

A  BBC documentary of Getty made in the 1960s by Alan Whicker at Sutton Place can be seen on BBC iPlayer by clicking here.

Another shot of J Paul Getty from the 1963 BBC documentary.

BBC film team producer and director Matthew Pitts-Tucker said: “We are keen to hear from anyone who worked at the mansion during the time the Gettys were there.

“It may have been a groundkeeper, maid, butler, dog handler, security person, driver or chef – anyone who dealt with working for the then richest man in the world!”

If you were one of those, or have any interesting snippets of information or related memories call him on 0203 6145779.

Or send him an email at: Matthew.pitts-tucker@bbc.co.uk

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2 Responses to Did You Work For The Getty Family When They Lived At Sutton Place?

  1. Jonathan Atter Reply

    January 10, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    I was J. P. Getty’s paperboy for many years. I would cycle from Burpham to the house and back each day.

  2. John Fox Reply

    January 14, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    At night from our garden we would hear his lions roaring..

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