Jenny Boyd

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Jenny Boyd
Born Helen Mary Boyd
(1947-11-08) 8 November 1947 (age 70)
Guildford, Surrey, England
Nationality British
Occupation Former model, author, clinical consultant
Spouse(s) Mick Fleetwood (m. 1970–76; divorced, m. 1977–78; divorced)
Ian Wallace (m. 1984–90s; divorced)

Helen Mary "Jenny" Boyd (born 8 November 1947) is a former English model. She quit her modelling career in the 1960s after discovering Transcendental Meditation, and she soon considered modelling a "waste of her time." She later became a clinical consultant and author. She is the younger sister of 1960s model and photographer, Pattie Boyd (first wife of Beatles' lead guitarist George Harrison and blues guitar legend Eric Clapton) and the older sister of Paula Boyd.

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.

Her older sister, Pattie, had a favourite childhood doll named Jenny, hence Helen's nickname. The first six years of Jenny's life were spent in Kenya, East Africa. In the mid-fifties, her family moved to London.[1][2]

She was a freelance model in the 1960s, and often accompanied her sister Pattie to modelling jobs.

She attended UCLA in the late 1980s, earned a PhD in psychology, and became a clinical consultant and author. She co-authored a book about music and psychology, titled Musicians in Tune.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Despite Boyd being the inspiration of British folk musician Donovan's song "Jennifer Juniper", they have never been in a relationship, though Donovan admitted having a crush on her.[4] 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 Donovan and her sister, Pattie Boyd, to Rishikesh, India, to attend a training session in Transcendental Meditation held by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.[4][5] Later Jenny shared an apartment with Magic Alex of Apple Corps's Apple Electronics subdivision. She also worked at the Apple Boutique in London.

Boyd was fifteen when she met drummer Mick Fleetwood, who, at the time, was in a band called 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][7] Boyd married drummer Ian Wallace in 1984 but they later divorced. She has been the sister-in-law to both George Harrison and Eric Clapton through their respective marriages to her sister Pattie from 1966-1977 and 1979-1989 respectively.


  1. ^ "Pattie Boyd". Archived from the original on 9 October 2012. Retrieved December 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Jenny Boyd". Archived from the original on 21 December 2013. Retrieved December 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ a b Leitch, Donovan (November 29, 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. ^ Martin Adelson, Lisa Adelson. "Jenny Boyd". Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Jenny Boyd, Holly George-Warren (1 May 1992). Musicians in Tune. Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 

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