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Pattie Boyd

Pattie Boyd
Born Patricia Anne Boyd
(1944-03-17) 17 March 1944
Taunton, Somerset, England
Occupation Model, photographer, author
Years active 1959–present
Spouse(s) George Harrison
Eric Clapton
Rod Weston
Parent(s) Colin Ian Langdon Boyd
Diana Frances Boyd
Modelling information
Height 5'6" (168 cm)
Hair colour Blonde
Eye colour Blue

Patricia Anne "Pattie" Weston (née Boyd) (born 17 March 1944) is an English model, photographer and author. She was the first wife of both Eric Clapton. In August 2007, she published her autobiography Wonderful Tonight. Her photographs of Harrison and Clapton, titled Through the Eye of a Muse, have been exhibited in Dublin, Sydney, Toronto, Moscow, London and throughout the United States. With the death of Cynthia Lennon on 1 April 2015, Boyd is now the sole surviving first Beatle wife.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
    • Marriage to George Harrison 3.1
    • Marriage to Eric Clapton 3.2
    • Marriage to Rod Weston 3.3
  • Citations 4
  • Sources 5
  • Further reading 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Boyd was born on 17 March 1944,[1] in Taunton, Somerset,[2] and was the first child to Colin Ian Langdon Boyd,[3] and Diana Frances Boyd (née Drysdale), who were married on 14 September 1942. The Boyds moved to West Lothian, Scotland where her brother Colin was born in 1946.[4] The Boyd family moved to Guildford, Surrey, where her sister, Jenny Boyd was born in 1947.[5] Boyd's youngest sister, Paula, was born at Nakuru hospital, Kenya, in 1951.[6] The Boyds lived in Nairobi, Kenya, from 1948 to 1953, after her father's discharge from the Royal Air Force.[3] Boyd's parents divorced in 1952, and her mother married Robert Gaymer-Jones in February 1953, in Tanganyika (now Tanzania). The family returned to England where Boyd gained two half brothers, David J.B. (b. 1954) and Robert, Jr. (b. 1955).[7]

Boyd attended Hazeldean School in Putney, the St Agnes and St Michael Convent Boarding School in East Grinstead, and St Martha's Convent in Hadley Wood, Hertfordshire (where she received three GCE O level passes in 1961).[8] Boyd moved to London in 1962 and worked as a shampoo girl at Elizabeth Arden's salon, until a client who worked for a fashion magazine inspired her to begin work as a model.[9]


Boyd began her fashion career in 1962, modelling in London, New York and Paris. She was photographed by

External links


Further reading

  • Badman, Keith (2001) [1999]. The Beatles Diary: Volume 2: After the Break-Up: 1970–2001. Omnibus Press.  
  • Barrow, Tony (2006). John, Paul, George, Ringo & Me: The Real Beatles Story. Da Capo Press.  
  • Boyd, Pattie (2007). Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me. Three Rivers Press.  
  • Browne, David (2011). Fire and Rain.  
  • Doggett, Peter (2009). You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup. HarperCollins.  
  • Huntley, Elliot (2006) [2004]. Mystical One: George Harrison: After the Break-up of the Beatles. Guernica Editions.  
  • Tillery, Gary (2011). Working Class Mystic: A Spiritual Biography of George Harrison. Quest.  
  • Turner, Steve (2010). A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles Song. Carlton Books Ltd.  


  1. ^ Boyd 2007, p. 5.
  2. ^ "Profiles: Pattie Boyd's extraordinary life". BBC Somerset. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Boyd 2007, p. 7.
  4. ^ Boyd 2007, p. 3.
  5. ^ Boyd 2007, p. 6.
  6. ^ a b Boyd 2007.
  7. ^ a b Junor, Penny, Boyd, Pattie. "Wonderful Today: The Autobiography of Pattie Boyd". Headline Review.  
  8. ^ Boyd 2007, p. 36.
  9. ^ Boyd 2007, pp. 35, 40–41.
  10. ^ Mason, Anthony (26 August 2007). "A Rock Muse Remembers".  
  11. ^ a b Spitz 2005, p. 499.
  12. ^ a b c Barrow 2006, p. 243.
  13. ^ Tillery 2011, p. 29.
  14. ^ a b c d Lepold, Todd (3 February 2005). "Harrison, Clapton and their muse". CNN. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Pattie Boyd Opening at La Jolla Gallery April 2008". Morrison Hotel Gallery. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  16. ^ Fulton, Adam (2 December 2009). "Fab faces of swinging '60s".  
  17. ^ Kuzmina, Olga (19 July 2011). "Beatles, Clapton Pics in Free Show".  
  18. ^ "The Old Pharmacy Gallery in Speightstown – Soon To Host Movie Classics & Lancaster 2010 Season". Bajan Reporter. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  19. ^ Sahagun, Louis (3 July 2011). "An ex-Beatle wife brings the Age of Aquarius back to Catalina Island". Los Angeles Times. 
  20. ^ unknown (29 September 2011). "Music on ... Photography: Pattie Boyd". 
  21. ^ a b c Meacham, Steve (4 July 2007). "Beatle's muse comes clean". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  22. ^ "New York Times Best Seller list for 9/23/07". New York Times. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  23. ^ Crowther, Bosley (19 February 2007). "A Hard Day's Night (1964)".  
  24. ^ Huntley 2006, p. 86.
  25. ^ Varjgas, Elizabeth (31 August 2007). "The Real 'Layla' Talks About George Harrison and Eric Clapton".  
  26. ^ Spitz 2005, p. 565.
  27. ^ Tillery 2011, p. 44.
  28. ^ a b Tillery 2011, p. 45.
  29. ^ Spitz 2005, pp. 565–566.
  30. ^ a b Turner 2010, p. 219.
  31. ^ Miles 2007, p. 210.
  32. ^ Boyd 2007, pp. 55, 75, 92–94.
  33. ^ Spitz 2005, pp. 644–645.
  34. ^ Spitz 2005, pp. 710–711.
  35. ^ Browne 2011, pp. 83–84.
  36. ^ Huntley 2006, p. 99.
  37. ^ Badman 2001, p. 210: Divorce date; Doggett 2009, p. 209: separated in 1974.
  38. ^ Boyd 2007, pp. 179–180.
  39. ^ Boyd 2007, p. 181.
  40. ^ Boyd 2007, p. 117: "Something"; Turner 2010, p. 70: "I Need You".
  41. ^ a b Doggett 2009, p. 261.
  42. ^ Tillery 2011, p. 93.
  43. ^ Pattie Boyd, "Pattie Boyd: 'My hellish love triangle with George and Eric' – Part Two", Daily Mail, 4 August 2007 (retrieved 23 May 2013).
  44. ^ Boyd 2007, pp. 304–307.
  45. ^ Woods, Judith (17 March 1999). "It's amazing we're still alive".  
  46. ^ Boyd 2007, p. 263.
  47. ^ Boyd 2007, pp. 153: "Bell Bottom Blues", 201–202: "Wonderful Tonight".
  48. ^ , 30 April 2015Daily MailRichard Kay, "Wedding Bells Again For Patti Boyd", . Accessed 1 May 2015


On 30 April 2015, Boyd was married for the third time at the Chelsea Registry Office at Chelsea Old Town Hall in London. Her husband, property developer Rod Weston, was quoted as saying, "It's almost our silver anniversary so we thought we had better get on with it".[48]

Marriage to Rod Weston

In the late 1960s, Clapton and Harrison became close friends, and began writing and recording music together. At this time Clapton fell in love with Boyd.[41] His 1970 album with Derek and the Dominos, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, was written to proclaim his love for her, particularly the hit song "Layla".[14] When Boyd rebuffed his advances late that year, Clapton descended into heroin addiction and self-imposed exile for three years.[42][43] Boyd moved in with Clapton and married him in 1979.[41] Her struggles within the marriage were masked by her public image with Clapton. Boyd drank, and admits to past drug use, but she never became a drug addict like Clapton did.[44] Boyd left Clapton in September 1984, and divorced him in 1988. Her stated reasons were Clapton's years of alcoholism, as well as his numerous affairs[21] including one with Italian model Lory Del Santo.[45] In 1989, her divorce was granted on the grounds of "infidelity and unreasonable behaviour".[46] Boyd believes she was also the inspiration for the songs: "Bell Bottom Blues" and "Wonderful Tonight".[47]

Marriage to Eric Clapton

In 1973, Boyd's marriage to Harrison began to fail and she had an affair with [39] According to Boyd, Harrison's songs "I Need You" and "Something" were written for her.[40]

Clapton on stage, 19 June 1977

Later that year, Boyd moved into Kinfauns with Harrison.[12] The couple were engaged on 25 December 1965, and married on 21 January 1966, in a ceremony at a registry office in Ashley Road, Epsom, with Paul McCartney as best man.[30][31] Later, the couple went on a honeymoon in Barbados.[32] In September, Boyd flew with Harrison to Bombay to visit sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, before returning to London on 23 October 1966.[33] The following year, Boyd attended the Our World broadcast of "All You Need Is Love". Through her interest in Eastern mysticism and her membership in the Spiritual Regeneration Movement, she inspired all four Beatles to meet the Indian mystic Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in London on 24 August 1967, which resulted in a visit to the Maharishi's seminar in Bangor, the following day.[14][34][21] Boyd accompanied Harrison on the Beatles' visit to the Maharishi's ashram in Rishikesh, India, in February 1968.[30] In March 1970, Boyd moved with Harrison from Kinfauns to Friar Park, a Victorian neo-Gothic mansion, in Henley-on-Thames.[35]

Boyd had her first encounter with LSD in early 1965[26] when the couple's dentist, John Riley,[27] secretly laced her coffee with the drug during a dinner party at his home.[14] As she was getting ready to leave with Harrison and John and Cynthia Lennon, Riley told them that he had spiked their drinks and tried to convince them to stay.[28] Outside, Boyd was in an agitated state from the drug and threatened to break a store window, but Harrison pulled her away.[29] Later, when Boyd and her group were in a lift on their way up to the Ad Lib club, they mistakenly believed it was on fire.[28]

In 1964, Boyd met Harrison during the filming of A Hard Day's Night, in which she was cast as a schoolgirl.[12][23] Her only line in the film was asking "Prisoners?", but she later appeared in the "I Should Have Known Better" segment.[24] Boyd was "semi-engaged" to photographer Eric Swayne[6] at the time, and so declined a date proposal from Harrison.[11] Several days later, after ending her relationship with Swayne, she went back to work on the film and Harrison asked her out on a date for a second time. The couple went to a private gentlemen's club called the Garrick Club, chaperoned by the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein. According to Boyd, one of the first things Harrison said to her on the film set was: "Will you marry me? Well, if you won't marry me, will you have dinner with me tonight?"[25]

Kinfauns, the home of Pattie Boyd and George Harrison from 1965 to 1970

Marriage to George Harrison

Personal life

[22].New York Times Best Seller list In the United States, Boyd's book debuted at the top of the [21][7] In 2007 Boyd published her autobiography, which includes some of her photographs, titled

[20] and at the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, DC in 2011.[19] in California,Santa Catalina Island Her exhibit "Yesterday and Today: The Beatles and Eric Clapton" was shown in [18][17] in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2009 and 2010.[16] Boyd's photography was shown in Dublin and in Toronto in 2008 and at the Blender Gallery in Sydney, Australia and[15] in 2008.La Jolla, California The exhibition appeared in San Francisco and London during 2006, and in [14].Through the Eye of a Muse 2005, in a show entitled Valentine's Day on San Francisco Art Exchange Boyd exhibited her photos of Harrison and Clapton, at the [13]

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