Jerry Lee Lewis dying: What occurred to 13-year-old bride?

Myra Lewis Williams, also referred to as Myra Gale Brown, was the third spouse of late rock ’n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis and — extra infamously — his 13-year-old cousin on the time they bought married.

So no matter occurred to her? Williams, 78, mentioned in 2016 that she’s been “right here” the entire time — however she apparently not had a relationship along with her infamous ex-husband after 2015.

Lewis, who died Friday at age 87, weathered skilled exile in 1958 after a reporter masking his arrival in London inquired in regards to the younger woman in his entourage who finally launched herself as “Jerry’s wife.”

The “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Great Balls of Fire” hitmaker had eloped with Myra Gale Brown in December 1957, the results of a romance that developed when he moved into the Memphis house of Myra’s father, JW Brown, who was Lewis’ cousin and bass participant, in keeping with Lewis’ obituary in The Instances.

Lewis was 22 and Williams was 13, and the press got here down arduous on him when it was revealed that she was additionally his second cousin and that Lewis was nonetheless married to his second spouse, Jane Mitchum, once they wed.

The revelation resulted within the abrupt cancellation of Lewis’ tour; he was blacklisted by radio and his earnings dropped in a single day. ({Couples} married younger in his Louisiana hometown of Ferriday, and he wed for the primary time when he was 16 and had seven wives over the course of his life.)

He continued to file music and carry out in theater throughout that point and mounted a comeback a couple of decade later.

“When Jerry Lee and I went to England there was a whole lotta trouble going on… The press made me out to be a seductive Lolita, which was as far from the truth as it gets. Remember, gossip is not gospel,” Williams wrote on Instagram in 2015.

“It was really the first scandal of rock ’n’ roll,” Williams informed Georgia’s Gwinnett Day by day Put up in 2016. “What was happening back then, rock ’n’ roll was coming on very, very strong. The preachers hated it. The radio stations that didn’t play it hated it. They called it the devil’s music. It was crude and rude and ridiculous what it was doing to the teenagers. Little did they know what it was going to turn into.”

The 1989 biopic “Great Balls of Fire,” which starred Dennis Quaid as Lewis and a 17-year-old Winona Ryder as Myra, was based mostly on Williams’ first e book of the identical identify. However it didn’t delve deep sufficient into exploring Lewis’ indomitable character. As a substitute director Jim McBride, who co-wrote the script with Jack Baran, “ends up simply satirizing the argyle innocence and daffy exuberance of the ’50s,” in keeping with The Instances’ evaluation.

“‘Great Balls of Fire’ is the toon of rock movies, with Jerry Lee Lewis reduced on screen to Roger Rabbit,” Instances music critic Robert Hilburn wrote on the time. “Jerry Lee Lewis may be a lot of things, but he’s not a simple cartoon.”

Williams once more addressed their scandalous relationship in her 2016 memoir, “The Spark That Survived.” Whereas selling the e book, she took to Instagram to air among the sordid particulars. She described the memoir as her story “of how to overcome life’s worst tragedies and your own dumbass decisions.”

“I’m right here! With a new memoir, The Spark That Survived,” she wrote on the time, sharing a picture emblazoned with “Whatever happened to Myra?” over an previous photograph of her and Lewis.

“If you think you know [my] story of being the 13 year old bride of my second cousin, you’re in for a surprise,” she teased. “My 1988 book and the resulting movie, Great Balls of Fire, were just the beginning. Now I’m older and wiser, and [not] malleable in the hands of others. This time there are no holds barred. I think this book will warm your heart, tickle your funny bone, and touch your soul. I hope my story helps you handle your own ups and downs. If I can survive life’s worst tragedies and my own dumb-ass decisions, you can, too.”

For her half, Williams mentioned that she wasn’t a fan of her first e book and its film adaptation as a result of they had been another person’s thought about how that a part of her life story must be informed, the Put up mentioned. She additionally described herself as “the adult in the relationship” with Lewis. (She filed for divorce in 1970, citing allegations of abuse and adultery.)

Her second e book chronicled her experiences turning into a mom at age 14 after which once more at 17 and dropping their son Steve by unintentional drowning in 1962. She additionally described Lewis’ drug dependancy, being the sufferer of abuse, divorcing and leaping right into a rebound marriage, the Gwinnett Day by day Put up mentioned.

“That’s what this book basically is, this is what happened, this is how I handled it and here I am today,” she mentioned. “I not only survived it, I’m better for it, having gone through it. I’m stronger and appreciate different things in life that a lot of people take for granted. … I guess I went through like a trial by fire. You come out of the fire you make it.

“This is the book I wanted to write then. I’m really glad I didn’t though because it’s gotten better as I’ve gotten older.”

In a separate Instagram submit from 2015, Williams elaborated on her later relationship with the rocker, sharing a photograph of them with their daughter, Phoebe.

“Because we have a daughter, Jerry and I remained in contact for many years,” she wrote. “Phoebe worked for him and when I visited her I would still see him, too. However, since his marriage a few years ago to my ex-sister-in-law, who wasn’t an ex yet when they got together (yes, you read that correctly), Phoebe quit working for him and I haven’t seen him since. He’s no longer part of my life. I find living is nice and calm this way.”

As of Friday afternoon, Williams had not launched a public assertion about Lewis’ dying. Her Instagram account has been dormant since early 2016.

Lewis went on to marry 4 extra occasions. Two of these unions led to premature deaths for the brides, and his fourth and closing marriage got here in 2012. It was to Judith Brown, who was the ex-wife of his cousin Rusty Brown, Myra’s youthful brother.