There’s a Beatles’ warm inner circle. In it are the girls they are fond of. This is the part of them that remains constant against the restless background of fame and fortune. Come in and meet these girls - the rare ones picked out of thousands by the four most famous boys in the world.
The Beatle girls have about as much in common as the boys themselves.
JANE Asher is very much the professional actress. When Paul first met her he was afraid that she might not like him. She, being a sophisticated London girl, and he a boy from Merseyside. He’s a differnt person when she’s around and they're seen frequently at their favourite haunt, the Ad Lib club in London. She goes for ankle length dresses and is fond of a particularly special black velvet one.
Like Paul, she drinks coke - usually plain, but sometimes with whisky, brandy or vodka in it. Or she’ll sip Portugese Rose wine. They both like steak sandwiches. Neither are limelight people. They rarely dance but prefer to sit and hold hands and talk.
CYNTHIA Lennon is the mature, quiet one. She can see through phonies but she doesn’t say much.
When she and John first met in Liverpool, she had short, curly, ordinary hair. John persuaded her to grow it and have it bleached white blond. He encouraged her to go to top dress designers for simple, expensive clothes.
She’s very shy and he has always sheilded her from the limelight. She’s happiest when having a quiet meal out alone with him, or when they’re together with their son, Julian, at home.
Friends say Cynthia has a strong influence on John. She certainly worries over him and is a devoted wife and mother.
MAUREEN Starkey, known in the inner circle as Midge* or Mo, is also shy and quietly spoken. She has gorgeous eyes, a pale complexion and likes to wear black. She’s guided by Jane Asher in the clothes she buys. Maureen and Ringo met back in the old Cavern days.
She says she’s no cook but adds: “I have a way with eggs.” She doesn’t like reporters. “They follow me everywhere. During our honeymoon at Hove there was a photographer camped out over the road all night and all day.” She doesn’t travel with Ringo on his tours, but generally stays with her mother in Liverpool. Her father is a ship’s steward and away a lot. (*“Mitch”, not Midge, was Maureen’s nickname.)
PATTIE Boyd wasn’t a Beatle fan when she was picked to be one of the girls in A Hard Day’s Night. But it was only a matter of weeks before she was a big fan of George’s.
She’s a dolly girl and a successful model, who is even more attractive in person than she is in photos. It took her a little time to be accepted by the other Beatle girls. Beatle people tend to be bit cautious about anyone breaking into their inner circle. But she’s a thoroughly nice girl and in due course was in.
Pattie’s not really the domestic type but likes an evening out with George. She’s more fond of dancing than he is, but is eager to please him.
BEATLE GIRLS AND TRAVEL
On the whistle-stop Beatle tours - like playing at twenty-four different towns in one month, as they did last summer in the States and this summer - it’s not safe for the Beatle girls to go along.
The boys travel between six and seven hundred miles a day, get mobbed by thousands and thousands of hysterical, desperate fans, perform to frantic audiences, go to grueling official receptions and get asked to visit the sick. They sign never-ending autograph books and do a hundred and one other things, so there just isn’t time for anything else.
None of the their girls have ever been on one of these Beatle tours. But Maureen, Cynthia and Pattie did go out when the boys were filming in Austria. Cynthia and John had already had a foretaste of the white, white world of snow and skiing. They had been to St. Moritz in Switzerland for few days’ rest in January (1965).
Cynthia obviously had a good time and looked marvelous in her diamond-pattern anorak, ski pants, ski boots and dark glasses. She wore no ski cap, but her husband swathed his head in a red scarf and put a hood over the top. He obligingly fell in the snow for photographers, and the whole trip was great.
On March 13 of this year (1965), the boys, plus Cynthia and Maureen, left for Salzburg; then they went on to Obertauern, a ski resort 7,500 feet up in the Austrian Alps. The party, including Pattie Boyd, stayed at the Edelweiss Hotel and most nights they had parties. Usually the girls didn’t dress up, but relaxed in apres-ski clothes.
Pattie had her twenty-first birthday out there and they had a special celebration at the hotel night club. The chef made a super birthday cake with one big candle on it, and Pattie blew it out in the trad fashion. Everyone sang “Happy Birthday” and Ringo and Paul put on an impromptu concert. George didn’t give her a present. He was saving his for when they returned to England, though she did get a box of chocolates from Gigi, Miss Austria 1964, their ski instructress.
Most evenings there was entertainment from Ringo and Paul who specialized in singing old songs with new words. Cynthia was quite gay on these nights but the other girls were quiet, along with John and George.
The girls didn’t watch the filming, but spent their days keeping out of the blaze of the limelight, learning to ski, walking in the snow and seeing the sights. Pattie had the bad luck to hurt her knee at the end of the first week, so she couldn’t do any more skiing. Pattie likes to play cards ‘specially Whist, when she has nothing else to do. She’s not particularly expert, but she enjoys it.
Most nights the whole gang were off to bed at one or two o’clock because the boys had to make an early start on the set each morning. During the two-week stay, several people in the party had birthdays, so there was quite a bit of celebrating - but usually no dancing. Pattie, who’s a keen dancer, maybe would have got some going but for her bad knee.
Paul (whose good friend Jane Asher, wasn’t able to be there because of her own acting commitments) was more keen than the others to learn to ski.
Of course, the girls have often been abroad on holiday with their Beatles. Pattie went with George, John and Cynthia to Dromoland Castle in Ireland at Eastertime in 1964. She also spent over a week with George in Nassau last December, when they stayed with Walter Strach, the Beatles accountant, who now lives in the Bahamas. But when the boys were filming out there earlier this year (February 1965), the girls didn’t go.
In May 1964, the same foursome went to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel at Honolulu, but flew on to Tahiti because they were hounded by fans. At the same time, Maureen, Jane, Ringo and Paul were holidaying in beautiful St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.
Jane joined Paul for a weekend in Paris, when the boys were playing there (January 1964). She went out alone and stayed at the hotel on the South Bank. He used to visit her and even the other Beatles, staying with Paul at the plushy George V Hotel, didn’t know Jane was in town.
When the girls can’t go along on a trip, they are most definitely not forgotten. They get lots of phone calls, letters, cards and presents.
Ringo rang Maureen five times a week when he was in the States the first time (February 1964). Paul rang Jane twice from Miami. George phoned Pattie regularly from Australia (June 1964) and bought her a “mini” when he came back.
When Ringo came back from the Bahamas in March, he walked off the plane carrying a very large, gold parcel. He wouldn’t say what was in it, though maybe he told the customs men. He did say it was for his wife.
The girls are attentive to the boys, too. Maureen visited Ringo frequently when he was in London’s University College Hospital with tonsilitis in June last year. That was when Jimmy Nichol stood in for him, remember?
Jane went with Paul to Newport Pagnell when he collected his fabulous new blue Ashton Martin, which cost over 4,000 pounds. She also went with him to see the house he’d bought for his father and stepmother near Liverpool.
Cynthia was nearby when John passed his driving test (February 15, 1965) in his white “mini” at Weybridge, and they celebrated the feat with a glass of champagne. And she was there to meet him at London Airport when he came back from Australia.
Pattie went with George when he was best man at his brother Peter’s wedding to Pauline Johnson at Maghull, Lancs., recently (January 27, 1965).
So traveling together, or having half the world between them doesn’t make any serious difference in the close Beatles circle. These eight people have real feelings, and it looks as if they’ve settled them for a long time to come.
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From articles published in (UK) Fabulous Magazine May 22 & 29, 1965, and (USA)16 Magazine October 1965.
The following article is from 16 SPECmagazine, Winter 1967 (for sale in late 1966). Pattie posed for photos in her own fall fashions in early September 1966 taken by John French. Above Pattie is wearing a lightweight pure wool white, yellow and pink-flowered Liberty print dress on a delicious pale greeny-beige background made by Jane and Jane. When Pattie bought this wool dress, it had a long, narrow bow on the high-gathered waistline. Pattie decided that the dress - a flowered print on a greeny beige background - would look better without the bow, and off it came. Scan made from the original photo from the 16 Magazine archives. This version is colorized.
PATTIE HARRISON’S SOOPA-FLASH FAB FASHIONS
BY Anne Edwards (London Fashion Expert)
If you’d like to be like Pattie, from head to toe, here’s what you need to know!
SHE IS TODAY’S GIRL. She is the girl most girls want to look like.
She is the beguiling, old-young mixture that most of today’s girls are - sweet and swinging, shy and sophisticated. And her big china-blue eyes, beneath a fine flaxen fringe, reflect today’s outlook - a “hip” innocence.
Pattie Boyd, George Beatle’s wife, is 22 and looks about 18. She has the kind of figure that turn eyes wherever she goes - slender and medium height, but rounded. And since she has a flair for choosing clothes that are a little ahead of today’s fashion, and for wearing them with the confidence they need, I got her to let me in on her own personal clothes philosphy, and to photograph her in her new clothes.
Although she is married to one of the richest young men in show business, and could pay top prices for everything, Pattie says the most expensive dress she ever bought cost $84 (it was a white crochet dress she bought in Paris).
Pattie wears her clothes a lot when they’re new, but she doesn’t want or - or go in for - clothes that last. She loves color in everything: shoes, dresses, handbags.
“I’ve all sorts of bags, large and small, but all in colors: pink, blue, mauve, purple,” Pattie told me. Her cocktail dress is more likely to be white or pink than black.
Pattie seldom wears gloves and her hats, when she wears them, are tiny and not very noticeable - just to finish off the outfit. She loves jewelry and doesn’t care whether it’s real or not. Her favorite is a cameo brooch, which she wears on a black velvet ribbon with a low-necked dress or pinned at the throat of a high-necked dress.
Pattie never wears long evening dresses except for theatre or film premieres, and she is sure enough of her taste to buy a dress for about $12 if she likes it - or to wear a second hand black velvet jacket with her evening dress. She bought one such jacket from a shop which specializes in second-hand clothes stretching back to Edwardian times.
Pattie even had the nerve to order one of the new long-length winter coats. “I think they’re super,” she said.
Usually, she wears her skirts three inches above the top of her knees. She wears no foundation or powder on her face, uses a fairly complicated eye make-up of black mascara and brown eye shadow, and uses a pale “Pan-stick” with lip gloss on her mouth.
Pattie seldom goes near a hairdresser. “I haven’t been to one for ages,” she says. “I can’t bear sitting under the drier. I wash my hair myself every five days - the fringe more often - and sometimes I give my hair a dry shampoo between washes. If I think the ends need cutting, then I just get whoever is at home to chop them off - George, my sister, anybody.”
This was the charming sample of today’s most up-to-date youth who drove around in her bright, tangerine Mini with its souped-up engine, picking the clothes she would buy for winter. All her clothes were chosen for the kind of life Pattie leads, which - surprisingly - tends to be much like any other young wife’s life: shopping, cooking, working, having a few friends over for dinner.
“I’m not very keen on parties,” Pattie says. “I always used to imagine that I’d be meeting interesting people, but I know now I usually won’t. I’m lucky enough to know one or two interesting people now, so I’m very happy.”
The following article was published in (USA) 16 Magazine’s January 1966 issue (on sale in November 1965) - a similar, but different version of the article originally published in Fabulous magazine.
The TRUTH about the BEATLES’ girls! HOW DID PATTIE “NAB” GEORGE?
Pattie Boyd was tailor-made to be a Beatle girl, but she needed some very special qualities to attract George Harrison. Here’s what Pattie is really like - and why she is the girl for George!
LATE LAST SUMMER a stunning young couple walked into the L’Escale restaurant, seated themselves and ordered iced drinks - and the whole room turned to stare at them! L’Escale is the most in, popular cafe in sunny St. Tropez. St. Tropez is the most in, popular - and expensive - French Riviera resort, frequented by royalty, jilti jillionaires and the jet set. The stunning couple were Mr. George Harrison and Miss Pattie Boyd (they may even be Mr. and Mrs. by now!) of London, England.
Two years ago it is highly unlikely that anyone would have turned to stare at George and Pattie. In fact, it is highly unlikely that these two children of England’s “provinces” would be allowed (or could afford) to go into L’Escale. But time has changed all that - and Fate has once again proved that anybody in the world can make it to the top if they have talent and luck enough!
Pattie Boyd was tailor-made for the role of a “Beatle girl.” She is very much up on everything, is slim and has lovely long blonde hair. She is five feet five inches tall and measures 34-23-35. She has sparkling blue-green eyes. But being tailor-made for a Beatle is not enough. There must be other qualities and other reasons (than the obvious) to attract and hold a particular and unusual individual like George Harrison. What are these qualities? And how does Pattie use them to keep her romance with “the most difficult Beatle” going along smoothly and continuously?
It all began when Pattie heard via her modeling agency, that Richard Lester, director of A Hard Day’s Night, was looking for young girls to do “walk-ons” in that famous Beatle movie. Pattie, contrary to what has been printed before, was curious about the Beatles. She was one of the top model girls at her agency, so when she expressed a desire to get a part in the film, an extra effort was made on her behalf. The extra effort wasn’t needed, however, for Dick Lester spotted Pattie for just the hip schoolgirl type he was looking for - and she was in.
Tina Williams, who was in the film, recalls, “Pattie was very nice to work with. George was different than the other Beatles - quieter. He didn’t lark about and joke as much as Paul, John and Ringo did. I noticed that he used to like to sit in a quiet corner and have long conversations. I think this is what attracted Pattie to him - and she was much the same, as George was attracted to her. I still see them about in clubs together and they still seem to enjoy a dark corner and conversing.”
George, of course, was also attracted by Pattie’s beauty. Pattie never lets herself go. She always wears - sparingly - the right make-up. She washes her hair every day. She keeps her nails and teeth and body spotless. Pattie has a great sense of clothes style and often sets a trend. She is a perfect “mod.”
As Pattie and George grew more fond of each other, he discovered that she shared all his interests, including watching movies (in a private screening room) and cars. She loves beautiful sports cars and knows enough about them to share a conversation concerning their merits, etc. About the only interest Pattie and George don’t share is her enthusiasm for dancing. George would just as soon sit them all out. But he enjoys watching Pattie cut a rug now and again.
George loves elegant, well-prepared dishes. He and Pattie often dine at expensive, exclusive retaurants in London, and - when they first started doing this - George was very impressed by the fact that Pattie knew which dish was what and how to order them. Dining out was something that Pattie had got onto as a popular model, and she had forced herself to learn to “read menus.” So her learning paid off!
Cooking in has been the easiest thing for Pattie to learn. When she shared a flat with a girl friend many months ago, she practiced and practiced until she could turn out a good - though simple - steak dinner for George. He not only profusely complimented her on the results, but he felt proud that she had made such an effort on his behalf.
When Pattie goes out for an evening with George, he is always proud of the way she looks and the way she conducts herself. She is very lady-like, yet still warm and friendly. She was not always a good conversationalist, but she made up her mind to master that, too - and started reading a lot between modeling bookings. It must have worked for, as was mentioned before, Pattie and George never seem at a loss for conversation when they are together. Pattie knows that George does not like to have attention called to himself (or her), so she sometimes wears a short black wig if she thinks they are going to a place where they might be recognized. Pattie never discusses George with anyone - another of the qualities he deeply appreciates.
On top of all the enchantments of Pattie Boyd, there is one crowning glory that outshines rest and that has made her dearer and dearer to George as time has gone by. It is aptly described by a close friend of Pattie’s: “Pattie is a thoroughly nice person - and nice is a big word. That is why everyone adores her.”
At a recent interview in England, George complimented Pattie in a simple but beautiful way when he said, “Of course, I’ll get married one day. I don’t want to end up like Elvis. Who to? Well, that’s obvious, isn’t it? You don’t go around with a girl for months and months unless you feel serious about her.”
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Photo of Pattie and George relaxing at the Edelweiss Hotel in Obertauern, Austria in March 1965 (They’re reading the March 20, 1965 issue of Melody Maker which had been sent out special to the Beatles featuring their arrival in Austria just days earlier) from 16 Magazine, January 1966 issue. Scan from the Something About Pattie Boyd group at Yahoo!
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE BEATLES’ GIRLSJANE ASHER
The following article is from 16 Magazine’s December 1965 issue featuring their chapter about Jane Asher in the Truth About The Beatles’ Girls series - which differs from the version published in UK Fabulous magazine.
The WHOLE STORY OF JANE & PAUL
Do they plan to share the magnificent house Paul bought in the middle London? Read the facts and decide for yourself!
JANE ASHER and Paul McCartney met for the very first time early in the spring of 1963, in the lounge of the Royal Court Hotel in London. Jane had an assignment to tape an interview with the Beatles for the radio show she had at the time. The boys had just finished a concert and Brian Epstein had asked them to give Jane a few moments of their time.
Though Jane was from a socially prominent London family, was a serious dramatic actress and a classical musician, she was thoroughly captivated by the spontaneity and wit of the irrespressible Beatles. She was a pop fan, but the Beatles were not then her favorites. After the interview, Jane politely thanked the boys and Brian and went off. She did not see them again until October, 1963 - seven months later!*
(Jane and Paul spent the evening they met, April 18, 1963, talking for hours and began dating then. By October 1963 Paul was living full time at the Asher’s London home at 57 Wimpole Street when he wasn’t away on tours.)
But second sight was enough for both Jane and Paul. This time it was backstage at the Royal Albert Hall.* Jane just dropped by to say hello. One thing led to another, and George and paul asked Jane to join them at a party they were headed for. Jane went along and those at the party said that both George and Paul were flirting with the red-haired London charmer.
(*The Royal Albert Hall is where Jane first met Paul backstage on April 18, 1963 when she interviewed the Beatles for the Radio Times and then she was invited back to their hotel, The Royal Court.)
Well, Paul won the hand of the lady, and by the end of 1963 they were definitely going steady - and did so since in spite of their “official” protests.
In December of 1963 Paul and Jane went to see Never Too Late at the Prince of Wales Theatre. At the second intermission they were recognized by some of their fans as they stood outside the theatre. Someone followed them back in and soon a flash-bulb popped in the dark. Dead embarrassed, Paul and Jane rushed out and hurried to Jane’s quiet family home on Wimpole St., in the heart of London’s posh residential section.
The next day all the newspapers were filled with pictures of Jane and Paul - and the inevitable one of them together. From then on, life became hectic for Jane (it had already been hectic for Paul). Inside the Asher home the phone kept ringing and female voices asked for Paul. Jane’s father, a doctor who had to have his phone number listed, found it very wearing.
Jane was the first Beatle girl to become really well known, probably because she was already in the public eye for her fine acting ability, radio shows and appearances on Juke Box Jury on TV. Jane’s career began when she was five years old and played the part of a deaf girl in a movie called Mandy. She had worked regularly since then. One outstanding stint was on the series Robin Hood, when she co-starred with her older brother, Peter Asher. Later, Jane was introduced to American TV through the series The Saint and the movie The Masque Of The Red Death. She just completed several weeks as Eliza Doolittle in Shaw’s Pygmalion in London.
In her private life, Jane is a slender, blue-eyed young lady (19) with long hair that Paul adores - the hair and the girl! She is a good conversationalist, a girl with decided and original views and a forthright but charming was of putting her opinions. She is well liked by all who know her. Despite the fact that she is a sophisticated and worldly person, she is still very human and understanding towards other people. Maybe this one of the reasons she is so popular with the Beatles’ fans. Of course, being loved by Beatle People can have its side effects, for there are many times when Jane worries if she is noticed and liked because of herself, her talent and and her work - or because she is a “part” of Paul McCartney. She agrees that just about everyone who likes Paul would be inclined to like those around him, but she secretly hopes that she can carve her name in the heavens of the bright stars by using her very own talent!
Paul and Jane are well suited to each other, as both are mature and straightforward and, under all their charm, have a take-it-or-leave-it attitude which gains them considerable respect from the press and the fans.
Well, Paul has bought that magnificent house in the middle of London and it is time to face the fact that he certainly doesn’t plan live there all by himself. The fans who really love Paul wouldn’t want it that way, anyway - and those fans who can’t accept Jane as a part of Paul’s life don’t really love him as much as they pretend to. He has given much, almost all, of himself to the public. That public should be only too glad to give Paul all the happiness he can find.
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Photo of Jane Asher taken on June 25, 1964 in London’s Regent’s Park.
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE BEATLES’ GIRLS - PART 3JANE ASHERJane Asher’s the most popular and probably the most envied of the Beatle girls. But she has a problem …
Since Jane Asher met Paul McCartney in Spring ‘63 she’s had a problem. She’s obviously very fond of Paul and terribly proud of him. But she’s been an actress since she was five and is determined to make a success of her career on her own.
As soon as her name was linked with Paul’s, the news was flashed around the world and she was instantly famous - but not for herself and not as an actress. Any girl whose name had been romantically tied with Paul’s would have been as well known. It was a terrible blow. How, in future, would she be able to tell whether people wanted to see her because of her power as a performer or merely for her friendship with a Beatle?
Paul encourages her to continue with her career because he thinks she has terrific talent and goes to see her perform whenever he can.
After the newspapers found out about Jane and Paul, fans began to collect outside her home. Being in the heart of London, it was easy for any Beatle-fan girl to find. Nauturally Paul - and the other boys, too - were frequent visitors to Jane’s home when they were in town. They used to play discs and write songs down in the basement.
Once, the exasperated Mrs. Asher threw some water at some persistent girls to try to persuade them to go away.
Inside the Asher home, the phone kept ringing and unknown female voices asked for Paul. When told he wasn’t there, they just hung up.
Jane’s father, a medical man who has to have his number in the phone book, found it all very wearing.
And all Jane wanted was to be friends with Paul and go on being as good an actress as she knew how.
Rumours about Jane’s friendship with Paul started in October 1963, though they had met about six months previously when she went back stage at a pop concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
After that she was often seen with The Beatles when they went to photo sessions and to parties.
When she and Paul went out they were recognised and their dates became world wide news.
For instance, in December 1963, they went to see Never Too Late at the Prince of Wales theatre in London. They both enjoy plays but because Paul was spotted and mobbed they had to go home without seeing the last act.
Next morning, in the newspapers, there was a picture of them both sitting in the stalls. Good publicity maybe, but it’s not easy to run a boy-meets-girl friendship in the full glare of big time publicity.
Jane was the first Beatle girl to become really well known, probably because she was already familiar to the public. Everyone knows her from films, television plays and appearances on panel games.
Being a good conversationalist, a girl with decided and original views and a forthright but charming way of putting her opinions over, she’s always been well liked.
Despite the fact that she’s a sophisticated and quite a worldly person she’s still very human and understanding towards other people. Maybe this is the reason for being the most popular Beatle girl. Being so very attractive to look at must have something to do with it, too. (Paul particularly loves her long, red hair.)
Paul and Jane are very well suited for both are mature, straightforward and have, under all their charm, a take-it-or-leave-it approach to things. Both are toughies at heart. Jane has earned herself considerable respect for her adamant attitude to publicity which is only connected with her Beatle boy and not with her acting. It’s paradoxical that Paul unavoidably has made it more difficult for her to make her own way in the world and prove herself in her own right.
Before she met Paul, Jane had, of course, been dated by many attractive boys, including actor Albert Finney and poster Craig Douglas. Both those dates didn’t make news.
But in February, 1964, stories leaked out, linking Paul’s name with Jill Haworth, the beautiful American actress.
He phoned back to England from Miami to reassure Jane that the papers had got it wrong. As soon as he got back, he drove down to Canterbury where Jane was appearing in The Jew Of Malta, to make it plain that she was the girl in his life.
When they went to see a movie at the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square, London, that same month, they had to leave separately and go off in individual taxis, because they were recognised and the crowds started closing in on them.
So unless they go to clubs where the people are mostly in show biz, like the Ad Lib, dates have to be carefully planned. They may go for a drive in his car or take a taxi and get out and walk round one of the quieter shopping areas, looking at clothes - both men’s and girl’s.
They like to be quiet and they tend to be rather a serious couple when they’re on their own.
Marriage? There have been lots of rumours, including one that the ceremony took place on board ship, in Paris and in Kensington last year. Jane herself said, back in '63: “I’m not going to get married until I’m twenty.”
She was nineteen on 5th April this year.
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Photos above: Jane posing in London’s Regent’s Park on June 25, 1964 in a summer dress with white and yellow daisys on an orange background. And Paul and Jane upon arrival home from their Caribbean holiday at Luton airport on May 27, 1964.
From (UK) Fabulous magazine, June 5, 1965.