Olivia Harrison

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Olivia Harrison
Arias-Harrison in April 2009
In April 2009
Born Olivia Trinidad Arias
(1948-05-18) 18 May 1948 (age 67)
Mexico City, Mexico
Nationality Mexican, British
Spouse(s) George Harrison (m. 1978–2001; his death)
Children Dhani Harrison (b. 1978)

Olivia Harrison (born Olivia Trinidad Arias, 18 May 1948) is a Mexican and British author, film producer and widow of musician George Harrison.

Early life[edit]

Olivia Trinidad Arias was born on May 18, 1948 in Mexico City. Her parents were Zeke and Mary Louise Arias. She had other two siblings, Peter and Linda. Three years later, in 1951, they moved to California. She was educated in that same place, attended Hawthorne High School in Southern California and graduated in 1965. Shortly after, she started working as a secretary in an office of A&M Records and then worked at Dark Horse, George's company.[citation needed]

Adult life[edit]

Arias was a secretary at A&M Records, where she met George Harrison in 1974.[1] Arias gave birth to the couple's son, musician Dhani Harrison, in August 1978. Olivia and George married in a private ceremony in September 1978 at the Henley-on-Thames Registry Office in England.

Harrison attended Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach's wedding in 1981 without her wedding ring, giving rise to the mistaken speculation that her marriage to George was a hoax.[citation needed] In the early 1990s, along with the other Beatles wives Barbara Bach Starkey, Linda McCartney and Yoko Ono, Harrison founded the Romanian Angel Appeal to provide aid to children living in devastation in Romania.[2]

In 1999, George and Olivia were attacked by a deranged man who broke into their home. George went downstairs after hearing noises. Moments later, George came in, followed by his attacker and was stabbed multiple times. Olivia attacked the assailant with a "heavy table lamp" and the assailant turned on her. Later, they were both treated for their wounds at a hospital. The man was quoted as saying he was on a "mission sent by God", and that the Beatles were "witches".[3][4]

Harrison produced the memorial Concert For George in 2002 at London's Royal Albert Hall, which featured Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Ravi Shankar, Ringo Starr, and her son, Dhani. Proceeds from the event were given to George's Material World Charitable Foundation. Harrison's video production received the Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video in 2004.[2] She wrote the introduction for the 2002 book I Me Mine and authored the book Concert for George: A Celebration of the Life of George Harrison in 2006.

Harrison appeared on-stage at Microsoft's 1 June 2009, E3 press conference with Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to promote the The Beatles: Rock Band video game.[5]

She co-produced the Martin Scorsese film George Harrison: Living in the Material World and appeared with Scorsese at Cannes in 2010 and in New York City in the summer of 2011 to promote the documentary.[6] She co-authored the book George Harrison: Living in the Material World, which was released in 2011.


  1. ^ "Olivia Harrison Biography". the-beatles-history.com. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
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  3. ^ The Greedy Bastard Diary: A Comic Tour of America, pp 277–278, Eric Idle, Harper Entertainment, 2005, ISBN 0-06-075864-3
  4. ^ Udovitch, Mim; Wild, David (2 January 2002). "Tom Petty Remembers George". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 31 October 2008. [dead link]
  5. ^ Radosh, Daniel (11 August 2009), "While My Guitar Gently Beeps", The New York Times (New York ed.) (2009-08-16), pp. MM26, ISSN 0362-4331, retrieved 2009-08-26 
  6. ^ Itzkoff, Dave, "Within Him, Without Him" (limited free access), The New York Times, 23 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-25.

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