Ninetten year-old Pattie Boyd first met George Harrison in 1964 when she was cast as a schoolgirl fan on the Beatles film A Hard Days Night. Boyd said at the time that Harrison was "the most beautiful man she'd ever seen" but she was still with boyfriend Eric Swayne who she had dated for a year. One of the first things Harrison said to her was "Will you marry me?" when she laughed Harrison said "Well if you won't marry me, will you have dinner with me tonight?" Several days later when she was recalled for more work on the film he asked her out again. This time she accepted having just ended her relationship with Swayne. Their first date was at the Garrick Club in Covent Garden accompanied by Beatles manager Brian Epstein.
In December 1965 when they were driving through London Harrison proposed and they were married on 21st January 1966 with Paul McCartney as Best Man. John Lennon and Ringo Starr had gone on holiday with their wives to divert attention from the wedding. The couple moved into Kinfauns, a large bungalow-style house in Esher, whose outside they later had painted with psychedelic patterns and where The Beatles made many of the demo recordings for the White Album. They honeymooned at the Hotel Cap Estrelle near Eze in the South of France, again accompanied by Epstein.
Through her interest in Eastern mysticism and her membership of the Spiritual Regeneration Movement Boyd inspired the Beatles psychedelic period by taking them to meet the Mahirishi Manesh Yogi in 1967 and accompanied them on their visit to the Maharishi's ashram in Rishikesh, India in 1968.
In the late Sixties George Harrison became close friends with Eric Clapton and began writing and recording music together. Clapton fell in love with Pattie and also fell in love with her seventeen year-old sister Paula, who moved in with him but Paula left him when she heard the song Layla, realising she'd just been a substitute for her sister. Pattie maintains that she turned Eric down in late 1970 after which he went into self-imposed exile with Alice Ormsby-Gore for three years addicted to heroin.
John Lennon and Mick Jagger also made advances with Jagger admitting to his girlfriend Bebe Buell in the Eighties that he'd tried to seduce Pattie for years and failed. Pattie had a brief affair with Ronnie Wood in 1973 when her marriage to George was failing and was spotted in Barbados with him by the press. Boyd said that Harrison had backed out of a holiday claiming he was ill and had then taken Krissie Wood (Ronnie's wife) on holiday to Spain to see Salvador Dali, although Harrison denied any affair.
Pattie claims that George's religious explorations and personality changes irrevocably alienated her and they split in June 1974. She married Eric Clapton in 1979.
Their relationship was immortalised by the song Something, which George wrote for Pattie. It was described by Frank Sinatra as "the best love song written for fifty years."
"I regret allowing myself to be seduced by Eric and wish I had been stronger. I believed marriage was for ever and when things were going wrong between me and George I should have gritted my teeth and worked through them".
"When I heard George had died; I felt completely bereft. I couldn't bear the thought of a world without him. I'll miss him for the rest of my life"
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