Pattie Boyd: George Harrison's Wife And Clapton's 'Layla,' Then And Now

By Emily Morenz
Left: Beatle George Harrison and Patti Boyd on their wedding day, January 20, 1966. Right: 'La Fille au Bouquet,' a painting by Frandsen de Schomberg that reminded Eric Clapton of Boyd. Sources: Photo by Aubrey Hart/Evening Standard/Getty Images; Wikimedi

You know Pattie Boyd from Eric Clapton’s lyrics “Layla, you got me on my knees,” and George Harrison’s “Something in the way she moves.” She was an inspiration to both artists; they were madly in love with her, which was a problem since she was already married to Harrison. Boyd is known for her role in classic rock's most famous love triangle, but she was also prominent, in London, at least, as a fashion model. (Rock stars with models -- go figure, right?) Pattie Boys (and her sister Jenny) embodied the sought-after Swinging London look, with a place alongside Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy as an icon of the mod scene.