January 21, 1966 - George Harrison married Pattie Boyd in a ceremony at a registry office in Ashley Road, Epsom, with Paul McCartney as best man.
In 1964, Boyd met Harrison during the filming of A Hard Day's Night, in which she was cast as a schoolgirl. Her only line in the film was asking "Prisoners?", but she later appeared in the "I Should Have Known Better" segment. Boyd was "semi-engaged" to photographer Eric Swayne at the time, thus declining a date proposal from Harrison. 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?
In 1973, Boyd's marriage to Harrison began to fail and she had an affair with Faces guitarist Ronnie Wood. She separated from Harrison in 1974 and their divorce was finalized on 9 June 1977. Boyd said her decision to end their marriage and leave Harrison was based largely on his repeated infidelities, culminating in an affair with Ringo Starr's wife Maureen, which Boyd called the final straw.
Eric Clapton fell in love with Boyd in the late 1960s while she was still married to Harrison. Clapton's 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". When Boyd rebuffed his advances late that year, Clapton descended into heroin addiction and self-imposed exile for three years. Boyd finally moved in with Clapton and married him in 1979. Her struggles within the marriage were masked by her public image with Clapton. Boyd drank and admits to past drug use, she became a drug addict like Clapton did. 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.
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