Jerry Lee Lewis, who was 87 when he died, saw his career come to an abrupt halt after he married his cousin. Myra Williams, now at 78 years old, speaks out for Inside Edition.
Williams was 13 years old when she wed Lewis in 1957. Lewis was then 22. The press was outraged, calling Lewis a traitor. “baby snatcher.”
“It became romantic when Jerry was at our house, and he would ask me if I wanted to go somewhere, like to the Dairy Queen and get an ice cream or something like that. And he would just be silly with me, and then he started kissing me,” Williams tells Inside Edition.
The uproar over their marriage was the center of the 1989 film “Great Balls of Fire”Starring Dennis Quaid and Winona Ridge.
“They made Jerry look like a moron, and made me look just like a bubblegum-chewing kid with no brain,” Williams said.
After 13 years of marriage and two children, Lewis’s substance abuse took its toll and the couple divorced.
Williams said that Lewis died through her daughter. She said that she wanted to remember Lewis. “alive and playing ‘Great Balls of Fire.’”