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Pattie Boyd Pic: Lesley Aggar

Pattie Boyd's extraordinary life

Pattie Boyd was the inspiration of music's most enduring love songs- 'Something' by the Beatles and 'Wonderful Tonight' by Eric Clapton.

Taunton-born Pattie has led an extraordinary life. Born in the 1950s, she spent her childhood in Kenya with lions and giraffes roaming through the garden before being sent to boarding school.

Pattie then went on to become an icon of the 60s as a model, photographer and wife of two of music's most talented stars.

In 1964, Pattie, then 20, met Beatle George Harrison on the set of A Hard Day's Night. They immediately fell in love- in her autobiography she says one of the first things he said to her was: "Will you marry me?"  His wish came true when they married two years later in 1966.

Pattie was part of the 'Swinging 60s' and alongside George dabbled with the drug LSD when a dentist laced their coffee with the drug. She was arrested for possession of marijuana along with Harrison in 1969 after a raid of their home.

In the late 1960s, Clapton became a close friend of Harrison, writing and recording music together at Harrison's home. Eric fell for Pattie and according to her, the day Clapton played Layla for her, Clapton told Harrison he was in love with her.

Pattie left George for Eric in 1974. They too got married but divorced in 1989 after she became an alcoholic and he reportedly had numerous affairs.

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