Taunton, Somerset, England
Claim to Fame
First wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton
Patricia Anne Boyd (born 17 March 1944) is an English model and photographer. She was one of the leading international models during the 1960s and, with Jean Shrimpton, epitomised the British female "look" of the era. Boyd was married to George Harrison and experienced the height of the Beatles' popularity as well as sharing in their embrace of Indian spirituality. She later married and divorced Harrison's friend, guitarist Eric Clapton. Boyd inspired Harrison's songs such as "If I Needed Someone", "Something" and "For You Blue", and Clapton's "Layla" and "Wonderful Tonight".
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Patricia Anne Boyd was born March 17, 1944 in Somerset, England to Colin Ian Taylor and Diana (Drysdale) Boyd. She was the first child of the Boyd family, who would soon welcome Colin (1946), Helen Mary (better known as Jenny, 1947) and Paula (1949). Pattie had a good relationship with her sisters and Colin, particularly Helen, who got her nickname from one of Pattie`s favourite dolls.
The family later moved to Nairobi, Kenya, where Pattie spent most of her childhood, from 1949-1952. Her father was assigned there as a Royal Air Force pilot.
In 1952, Diane and Colin were divorced. Diane took the children back to England. She remarried around 1953 to Robert Gaymer-Jones and had two sons named David J.B. (1954) and Robert, Jr. (1955). Colin also remarried and it`s unknown if he had any other children.
After she finished religious school, Pattie went to London in 1962. Pattie got into modelling after working as a hairstylist. One of her clients asked her if she was interested in modelling. She happened to be a modelling agent and Pattie`s first test shots were taken the next day.
While Pattie was trying to start a modelling career, she was rejected many times by photographers. One told her "models don`t look like rabbits". Understandably, a discouraged little Pattie ran out of the room crying.
Jenny later became a model in 1965. Pattie travelled to the world`s fashion capitals, usually to New York City. Pattie modelled in Paris for Mary Quant and was an ambassador to "cool Britannia" in New York City. She hung with people who always had the latest trends, such as model Jean Shrimpton and photographer David Bailey. Pattie`s exposure in the press led to her getting a commercial contract from American director Richard Lester.
Lester wanted Pattie to be the Smith’s Crisps girl, to advertise for the potato chip brand. She was to be in television advertisements and do promotional appearances at stores throughout London. Around the same time, Lester was hired to direct a film for The Beatles. He was inspired by her work ethic and liked working with Pattie for the advertisements, and she became pretty well known in the London area. By this time, Lester got hired to work on the Beatles first film, A Hard Day`s Night and he offered her a small role in the Beatles` first movie. Pattie was cast as a schoolgirl named Jean in the opening scene. However, her part was shortened to the line "Prisoners?" (She can also be seen during the Beatles’ performance of "I Should’ve Known Better"). Pattie later commented that it would be her last acting role, (which it was), stating "I`m quite happy modelling."
After a few days of filming, Pattie and some of the other schoolgirls asked the Beatles for their autographs, except for John Lennon (Pattie was said to be afraid of his sarcasm). George Harrison, lead guitarist for the band, signed autographs for Pattie and her sisters. As was his custom, he put two kisses on her sister`s autographs, but put seven under Pattie`s.
"George hardly said hello. When we started filming, I could feel him looking at me and I was a bit embarrassed," Pattie recalls. He offered her a visit to his trailer, but, Pattie remembers, "I was loyal, not stupid." She remembers, "I figured he must like me a little," which is a bit of an understatement; George was smitten. Her likeness to Brigitte Bardot, the Beatles` dream girl, was enough to give George an initial attraction. He soon asked her out, but Pattie already had a boyfriend of 2 years, Eric Swayne, a 30-year-old photographer. But George was persistent, and finally Pattie agreed to one date. When she told Eric she`d made a date with George, he gave her an ultimatum: give up the date or give up me. But Pattie couldn`t resist the "quiet" Beatle, and she soon began developing strong feelings for George.
Once Pattie broke up with her boyfriend, the couple was able to plan their first holiday together to Ireland with John and Cynthia. This was Pattie’s first exposure to "Beatlemania", for soon the press found out that they were there. Their holiday ruined, all they wanted now was to leave and go back to London. To avoid on their way back to London, Pattie and Cynthia disguised themselves as maids and hid in a dirty linen basket. The basket was then pushed out by a bellboy, who took them to the airport. He put the basked in the back of the truck but forgot to unlatch the top, leaving the poor girls tossing and turning in the smelly linen basked all the way to the airport. When they finally got out, John and George were laughing hysterically.
Despite the problems in Ireland, they tried for another holiday undisturbed by the press. They travelled to Waikiki, Hawaii (from May 3 to May 26, 1964). After that, they even stopped by Los Angeles, only being noticed once by the press that quickly learned the identity of George’s new girl. Oddly, Geo
Full Name at Birth
Patricia Anne Boyd
Former model, Photographer, Author
Jenny Boyd (dated Donovan and married Mick Fleetwood, was so close to her), Paula Boyd (dated Eric Clapton before Pattie)
Jane Asher, Edina Ronay, Maureen Starkey, Astrid Kirchherr, Charlotte Martin (Was neighbour of the Harrisons while she was living with Eric Clapton. when Eric Clapton left her, she went to life with the Harrisons)
Corky (Cat - Persian cat, while she was living with Geroge), Rupert (Cat - while she was living with George), Joss Stick (Cat - while she was living with George)
Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me  (Three Rivers Press), Wonderful Today: The Autobiography of Pattie Boyd  (Headline Review)
Mick Fleetwood (brother-in-law)
Colin Ian Taylor
Diana (Drysdale) Boyd
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