Jenny Boyd

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Jenny Boyd
Born
Helen Mary Boyd

(1947-11-08) 8 November 1947 (age 72)
NationalityBritish
OccupationFormer model, rock muse, author, clinical manager
Years active1962–present
Spouse(s)Mick Fleetwood (m. 1970–76; divorced, m. 1977–78; divorced)
Ian Wallace (m. 1984–90s; divorced)
David Levitt (m. 1997–present)

Helen Mary "Jenny" Boyd (born 8 November 1947) is a British former model, the younger sister of 1960s model and photographer Pattie Boyd (first wife of George Harrison). She quit her modelling career in the 1960s after discovering Transcendental Meditation, stating that modelling was "a waste of her time". She later managed an addiction treatment centre and wrote two books.

Early life and career[edit]

She was born as Helen Mary Boyd in Guildford, Surrey, England in November 1947 to Diana Frances Boyd and Colin Ian Langdon Boyd, a pilot.[1]

She was a freelance model in the 1960s, and often accompanied her sister Pattie to modelling jobs. The two of them began hanging out with The Beatles, various bands that included Eric Clapton, and other major British rock acts.[1] She wrote, or co-wrote, two songs for the band Fleetwood Mac, although the band manager gave the writing credits to her husband, Mick Fleetwood.[1] As a rock star muse, she inspired at least Donovan and Mick Jagger to write songs about her.[1] She travelled with The Beatles on their famous 1968 trip to India.[1]

She attended UCLA in the late 1980s, earned a PhD in psychology, and became manager of an addiction treatment clinic. She co-authored a book about music and psychology, titled Musicians in Tune.[2] She spent many years running an addiction treatment centre in England.[1] She recently authored her autobiography, titled Jennifer Juniper.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Despite Boyd being the inspiration of Scottish folk musician Donovan's song "Jennifer Juniper", they were never in a relationship, though Donovan admitted having a crush on her.[4][1] The song was released as a single in March 1968 and on the album The Hurdy Gurdy Man later that year. Also in 1968, Boyd travelled with The Beatles, Donovan and her sister Pattie Boyd to Rishikesh, India, to attend a training session in Transcendental Meditation held by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.[4][5][1] Later Jenny shared an apartment with Magic Alex of Apple Corps's Apple Electronics subdivision.[1] She also worked at the Apple Boutique in London.[1]

Boyd was fifteen when she met a similarly young Mick Fleetwood, who attended her school.[1] At the time, Fleetwood was the drummer in The Bo Street Runners and would later co-found Fleetwood Mac. From thereon, they began an on-and-off relationship that would last fifteen years. They eventually married in June 1970 and they had two daughters, Lucy and Amy. After divorcing Fleetwood (and remarrying and divorcing him a second time),[6] Boyd married drummer Ian Wallace in 1984 but they later divorced.[1] In 1997 Boyd married the architect David Levitt OBE.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Farber, Jim (30 March 2020). "'It's not what you think': behind the star-studded life of a rock star's wife". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  2. ^ Boyd, Jenny; Holly George-Warren (1992). Musicians in tune : seventy-five contemporary musicians discuss the creative process. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-73440-7. OCLC 25984281.
  3. ^ Boyd, Jenny (12 March 2020). Jennifer Juniper: A journey beyond the muse. United Kingdom: Urbane Publications. p. 300. ISBN 1912666618. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b Leitch, Donovan (29 November 2005). The Autobiography of Donovan: The Hurdy Gurdy Man. St. Martin's Press. pp. 201–202. ISBN 0312352522.
  5. ^ Lennon, Cynthia (10 February 2008). "The Beatles, the Maharishi and me". Sunday Times. London (UK). p. 3.
  6. ^ Jenny Boyd, Holly George-Warren (1 May 1992). Musicians in Tune. Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 19 March 2013. mick fleetwood jenny remarried 1976.

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