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Beatlemania had taken over the world, it was the summer of 1964. On July 6th, the Beatles first movie "A Hard Day's Night" opened in London. It would become one of the most influential music movies ever made. Time Magazine would include it in their all-time list of Top 100 Movies. There was a bit part in the movie, for a British model/actress named Pattie Boyd.

She spoke one word in the movie, but her appearance started a chain of events that would lead to her becoming one of the great rock and rule muses. It was on the set of "A Hard Day's Night" that she met George Harrison, whom she would later marry. George would later write the song "Something" which Frank Sinatra called the greatest love song ever written. George told Pattie, he wrote it for her. While they were still married, another great British musician fell in love with Pattie Boyd, his name was Eric Clapton and he wrote the classic song "Layla" for her. They would later marry.

An amazing sequence of events which all began during filming of "A Hard Day's Night."

Fun Facts about Pattie Boyd (Source: Wikipedia)

Pattie is a model, photographer and author from the United Kingdom. She was the first wife of both George Harrison and 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.

Boyd began her fashion career in 1962, modelling in London, New York and Paris. She was photographed by David Bailey and Terence Donovan, and appeared on the cover of Vogue. Boyd appeared on the cover of the UK and Italian editions of Vogue magazine in 1969, with other popular models of the day, such as Twiggy, who based her early modelling appearance on Boyd. Boyd was asked by Gloria Stavers to write a column for 16 Magazine, and appeared in a TV commercial promoting Smith's crisps. She was cast for A Hard Day's Night, where she met George Harrison.

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

In 2007 Boyd published her autobiography, which includes some of her photographs, titled Wonderful Today in the UK; in the US it was published with the title Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me.

In the United States, Boyd's book debuted at the top of the New York Times Best Seller list.


The Avalon Casino Theater on Catalina Island is celebrating the 50th anniversary with a screening, and interview with Pattie this Sunday night, July 6th at 8:00pm. For tickets and info, log onto www.catalinamuseum.org.

Pattie's limited edition photographs of her time with the Beatles, and Eric Clapton are available on her website: pattieboyd.co.uk.


 

 

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