March 17 in the 20th Century


Some famous Pats this day in the 20th Century…

Pattie Boyd (born Patricia Anne “Pattie” Boyd this day in 1944) is an English model, photographer and author.


Boyd began her fashion career in 1962, modelling in London, New York City and Paris, and appeared on the cover of Vogue. Cast for A Hard Day’s Night, she met George Harrison. Boyd was “semi-engaged” to a photographer at the time, so declined a date with Harrison. Several days later, after ending her relationship, she went back to work, and Harrison asked her out again. In 1973, their marriage began to fail, they separated in 1974 and divorced in 1977.

In the late 1960s Eric Clapton and Harrison became close friends, and began writing and recording music together. This is when Clapton fell in love with Boyd. His 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“. Boyd rebuffed his advances and Clapton descended into heroin addiction and self-imposed exile for three years. Boyd married him in 1979 but she left him in 1984, and they divorced in 1989.

In 2015 Boyd married a property developer..

Patrick Duffy (born 1949) is an American actor, best known for his role on the soap opera Dallas, where he played Bobby Ewing. Prior to joining the show, Duffy had landed the role of Mark Harris in the short-lived television series Man from Atlantis.


He converted to Nichiren Buddhism, and began chanting Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō at the approximate time of his earliest encounters with his wife, Carlyn Rosser, a professional ballerina with the First Chamber Dance Company of New York, 10 years his senior, in a Soka Gakkai International Buddhist ceremony on February 15, 1974. They lived in Oregon, with their sons Padraic and Conor. On January 4, 2017 Carlyn Duffy passed away.

Patrick Troughton became television’s first Robin Hood this day in 1953.  The future Second Doctor Who played the eponymous folk hero in the first of six live half-hour episodes, shown weekly until 21 April on the BBC Television Service.

60 years ago…

…in cinema: Kismet is a 1955 American musical film from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer released today in UK cinemas in 1957. It is the fourth movie version of Kismet, this version based on the successful 1953 musical Kismet, while the three earlier versions are based on the original 1911 play by Edward Knoblock.  It starred Howard Keel as ‘The Poet’, with Ann Blyth, Dolores Gray, Vic Damone, and Sebastian Cabot as ‘The Wazir’.

55 years ago…

…in music: Actress (Gregory’s Girl; Red Dwarf) & singer (Altered Images), Clare Grogan (aka C P Grogan), and members of all-girl rock band Vixen, singer Janet Gardner and drummer Roxy Petrucci, were all born today in 1962.


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