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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Alice Ormsby-Gore

The Honourable Alice Magdalen Sarah Ormsby-Gore (22 April 1952 - c. 17 April 1995) was a British socialite and model.

She was the youngest daughter of William David Ormsby Gore, 5th Baron Harlech, and his first wife Sylvia Thomas. She had 3 older siblings, Jane, Julian and Victoria, and one younger brother, Francis. She was raised on a farm in Wales before Lord Harlech became British ambassador to Washington during the Kennedy era (October 1961 – fall 1963). After that, she grew up on an idyllic 1,500-acre estate, Brogyntyn Hall in Shropshire in the West Midlands of England.

Two little girls, daughters of famous fathers, wait to rehearse their role as Blue Butterflies in the 1960 'Airs and Graces' show at the Scala Theatre in London. They are Alice Ormsby-Gore (8, L) whose father Mr. David Ormsby-Gore is Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Joanna Lloyd (8, R) whose father Selwyn Lloyd is Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The 'Airs and Graces' show is an exhibition of dancing by children of society people, put on in aid of the Forces Help Society and Lord Roberts Workshops. It takes place at the Scala on 3rd December 1960. Photo taken the prior day. More than 300 children from well known schools of dancing performed in aid of charity.
Phillip Jackson/Associated Nespapers/REX/Shuttertock & Topfoto.co.uk.
Laced and sashed like her ancestress, Alice Ormsby Gore, 9, stands before family portrait of her great-great-great-grandmother Mary Jane Ormsby, done in 1797 by nephew of Gainsborough. From the October 10 1961 issue of LIFE magazine.

Out on a wind-blown walk, Mrs. Ormsby Gore and Alice (left), Francis, 7 (right), Victoria, 14, take last look at Shropshire fields. Another son, Julian, 20, attends McGill in Montreal. From the October 10 1961 issue of LIFE magazine.

October 1961: The newly-knighted Sir William David Ormsby-Gore (5th Baron Harlech), British Ambassador to the US (L), leaves Victoria Station en route to the States. With him are his wife Sylvia (C) and their children Jane (R), Alice (2nd L) and Francis. Keystone Pictures USA/Alamy Stock Photo. Topfoto.co.uk

New British Ambassador to the U. S. sir David Ormsby-Gore with Lady Gore and their children Jane, 18, Francis, 7, and Alice, 9, as they arrived today aboard the Queen Mary. October 24, 1961. (Photo by Barney Stein/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images).

The Ormsby-Gores in the early 1960s. Probably at the US. Unknown details. Alamy.com

July 29th, 1963 - The Rt Hon Sir David Ormsby-Gore KCMG went aboard the Queen Mary on her arrival today at Southhampton with his children Julian (22, dark glasses), Jane (20) and Victoria (16) to meet his wife Lady Ormsby-Gore, daughter Alice (11, with coat over arm), son Francis (9, wearing a sailor hat) and an American guest, eleven year old Rebecca Crumlish (holding gloves) from Washington DC, who have been on an American visit. Belgaimage.be & gettyimages.co.uk

1965 - Alice skiing with her family. Unknown details. Youtube video screencap.

1966. Lord and Lady Harlech with their two youngest children Francis and Alice, and Shep, the pet collie, at their home it Oswestry, Shropshire. President Kennedy's closest non American friend, chief film censor, former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (then Sir David Ormsby Gore), re-enters politics this month (Jan). He will take his place in the House of Lords, where he should be a tartar. He wants to limit the number of hereditary peers (he is one himself ) and he also wants the law changing so that a peer can stand for Parliament without having to relinquish their titles. Keystone Pictures USA / Alamy Stock Photo

On May 30 1967, Alice's mother Lady Sylvia Ormsby-Gore was killed in a motor accident.
The Chicago Tribune March 18th 1968 issue said that in Oswestry, Lord Harlech's home town, the future of his children-particularly the two younger-was the main subject of gossip among the 12,000 in the ancient market town. "It is 16-year-old Alice who worries them. The fact that she spent a recent holiday at Woodhill, their home, tearing around the 3,000-acre estate on a motorcycle, did nothing to calm their fears... Alice is currently in a London school and living with Lord Harlech's mother, the dowager Lady Harlech, 77."
Time magazine reported on Friday, 12 April 1968 that Lord Harlech would be sending his "15-year-old daughter, Alice Ormsby Gore, to Manhattan's Dalton School for the coming spring term. Alice will stay at the East Side apartment of a family friend, John Hay Whitney, former U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James's."

Later in 1968, Ormsby Gore was to encounter guitarist Eric Clapton. There is some speculation as to how they met. Clapton in his autobiography gives the credit to interior designer David Mlinaric in 1968. Mlinaric was completing some work on Clapton's house, Hurtwood Edge, and had taken Ormsby-Gore along with him. David Mlinaric was part of a group of aristocratic hippies who hung out around London in the 1960s and was friends with Alice's siblings, Jane, Julian and Victoria. Alice was just 16. 
Clapton recalls on his autobiography: "As we began to give birth to a new band [Blind Faith], an extraordinary girl came into my life. She was brought down to Hurtwood by Monster, and her name was Alice Ormsby-Gore. The youngest daughter of David Harlech, she was barely sixteen, and hauntingly beautiful, with thick curly brown hair and huge eyes. She had an enigmatic smile and a wonderfully infectious giggle. I thought she was astonishing, but thought I was very taken with her it never occured to me then that anything could came from it. the age gap seemed enormous [he was around 23 or 24], and she seemed very fragile and slightly other-wordly. She asked me to go to a party in Lodon with her, which kind of suprised me. I went and she completely ignored me all evening, even though, apart from Monster and Ian Dallas, I didn't know a soul there. For some reason in spite of myself, for we didn't seem remotely compatible, I found her completely compelling. With her wistful quality and the Arabic clothes she used to dress in, she seemed to have sepped straight out of a fairy story. This was a fantasy that was encouraged by Ian Dallas, who told me the story of Layla and Majnum, a romantic Persian love story in which a young man, Majnum, falls passionately in love with the beautiful Layla, but is forbidden by her father to marry her and goes crazy with love. Ian was forever saying that Alice was the perfect Layla, and while he thought Steve should be her Majnum, I had other ideas. I have no idea what she saw in me, maybe it was because I was an outsider to her group, and she saw me as a means to spite them, who knows, but after a few days of clumsy courting, she moved in with me, and the madness began."
The couple announced their engagement on 7 September 1969. 

1969 - Alice pictured with Eric Clapton at Ephemera magazine. Unknown details.

Alice Ormsby-Gore by David Montgomery for the March 15th, 1969 issue of British Vogue.

Alice Ormsby-Gore pictured by Patrick Litchfield. From the April 15th 1969 issue of British Vogue. Photo by Patrick Litchfield. OUR SCANS. The watermarks are necessary because of screen copying for web use without permission or credits. Please, don't remove them, thanks.

Alice Ormsby-Gore and Eric Clapton in New York City. Cream played on the Madison Square Garden on July 12th, 1969. Top picture  from a  Youtube video screencap, bottom from Clapton was God instagram.

September 18th, 1969 - London: Alice Ormsby-Gore, 17, youngest daughter of Lord Harlech, former British Ambassador to Washington, and Eric Clapton, lead guitarist in Blind Faith pop group and one of the top rock musicians, pose on a set of London steps after announcing their engagement.

The Ormsby-Gores arriving at their father's wedding to Pamela Colin at Grosvenor chapel on December 11th 1969. From UK Vogue's February 1970 issue. (L-R) The Hon. Alice Ormsby-Gore holding niece Saffron, the Hon. Victoria Ormsby-Gore with Mr Julian Lloyd, and the Hon. Jane Rainey Ormsby-Gore with daughter Rose Soley. OUR SCANS. The watermarks are necessary because of screen copying for web use without permission or credits. Please, don't remove them, thanks.

Wearing hippie attire, members of Lord Harlech’s first family leave Grosvenor Chapel after their father's marriage to Pamela Colin on December 11th 1969. His daughters are Alice, at rear, and Jane, right, holding her daughter  Rose. At left, is Julian Freeman-Attwood (a friend of the Ormsby-Gores), holding another of Jane's babies, Saffron. Behind him is Francis Ormsby-Gore, son of Lord Harlech. From Wednesday August 16 1972 issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly.

In 1970, Ormsby-Gore moved into Hurtwood Edge with Clapton. Clapton had started using heroin quite heavily in an attempt to get over his continuing obsession with George Harrison's wife Pattie Boyd; dragging the teenage Alice down with him. In his autobiography Clapton says, "Alice came back to live with me, and she started using too... It never crossed my mind that it was wrong to bring her into my nightmare". 
Clapton’s success with the supergroup Cream had made him one of rock’s most revered and richly rewarded stars, but Alice’s life with him soon took a sorry turn. They spent years in reclusion at his Italian-style villa in Surrey, where their diet consisted of alcohol, heroin and junk food.
He recalls in his autobiography: "From the begining it was a very stiff, uncomfortable situation. I wasn't in love with Alice, my heart, and a good deal of everything else, being with Pattie [Boyd]. I also felt very ill at ease about the age difference, especially since she had told me she was still a virgin. In fact sex played very little part in our lives. We were more like brother and sister, although I was hoping that eventually it would blossom into a normal relationship. Her father was a serious jazz enthusiast, and she had inherited a love of music from him, so we listened to a lot of records, and we smoked a lot of dope."
Time magazine reported their intention to marry on Monday, 16 March 1970: “Rock Guitarist Eric Clapton, 25, son of a bricklayer, may soon marry Alice Ormsby-Gore, 17, daughter of former British Ambassador to the U.S. Lord Harlech—with her father's blessing. "She has gone to see him in New York," said Harlech, "and if they want to get married it is entirely their own affair.” The couple did not marry but stayed together for five years, until 1974. 

Clapton says in his autobiography: "There was also another extraordinary thing  that struck me later on. When I was a kid in the playground, aged seven or eight, my friend Guy and me had a game in which we would fall about laughing over the most ridiculous names we could think of, and the silliest name we came up with was Ormsby-gore. When things had begun to go badly wrong between me and Alice, I had a terrible fear that getting attached to an upper-class girl like her was part of a childhood resentment, connected to my feelings about my mother, to bring down women, and that deep inside I was thinking, 'Here's an Ormsby-Gore, and I'm going to make her suffer.'

In Eric Clapton: lost in the blues by Harry Shapiro, the author says: "As Lord Harlech's daughter, [she] moved in rarefield atmospheres where the police have always been loath to intervene. This meant that obtanining the drug was a safer operation than it otherwise might have been."

David Hepworth says in his 1971. Never a Dull Moment book: "Clapton was conducting affairs with [Pattie] Boyd's younger sister Paula and Alice Ormsby-Gore, the teenage daughter of Lord Harlech. Alice was drinking two bottles of vodka a day because there was not enough junk to feed both his habit and hers. Clapton's depression, which was rarely far away, had come in like a storm front following the unaccustomed experience of being rejected by both Pattie and the public who had failed to buy his 1970 album Layla."
Tony Shanchez explains about the couple in his book Up and Down with The Rolling Stones: "At four in the morning the us arrived to take the London contingent back to the airport for a dawn flight home. Only Eric Clapton and Alice Ormsby-gore, Lord Harlech's daughter,decided to stay on. Heroin addicts, they were starting to shiver and shake as the withdrawals began to ite. They had anticipated a brisk junket, but the circus had gone on for hours, and now they were caught without their heroin, which they had been affraid to smuggle out of london. I took them back to the hotel and persuaded Anita [Pallenberg] to let them have some of her methadone, the drug that stops withdrawal symptoms. We talked into the night, and the two of them told me how they had become hooked. 'The guy I was scoring coke from would only sell it to me if I bought smack as well,' Eric said. 'So I kept stashing it away in a drawer. i just didn't want to know about it. Then, one day, there was no coke around, so I thought I'd take a snort of smack, and it was quite nice. A lot of fuss about nothing, I thought. But gradually Alice and I started using it more and more. Now look at the state we're in.'"

1970 - T-Rex singer Marc Bolan, his wife-to-be June Ellen Child and Alice Ormsby-Gore having fun at Eric Clapton's house in Surrey. Found via Steve Moon's (moonmarc1961) photobucket.

Alice Ormsby-Gore in Bill Gibb for Baccarat. Photo by Tessa Traeger. Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Vogue, “Fashions in Living”, January 1970. Photo from: Miss Peelpants blog.

Friday January 30th, 1970 - T-Rex singer Marc Bolan and June Ellen Child got married at the Kensington Registry Office. Just five close friends were invited along: Mickey Finn and his girlfriend Sue Worth, Jeff Dexter, and witnesses Alice Ormsby-Gore and Pete Sanders. The pictures were taken by a passenger from the street. All the pictures come from facebook and tumblr.

March 8th, 1970 - Eric Clapton and Alice Ormsby Gore, the teenage daughter of Lord Harlech. The couple were seen at Heathrow Airport after they flew in together from New York. Found via http://silverhairspray.tumblr.com/

“The Fool” by Maurice Hogenboom. US Vogue, April 1, 1970 issue. From Ciao Vogue.
1970 or 1971. Vogue Beauty. Alice by Clive Arrowsmith. Unknown further details.

1972 - Alice Ormsby-Gore pictured by Francesco Scavullo. Unknown further details.

September 9th, 1972 - English guitarist and singer-songwriter Eric Clapton with his fiance, socialite Alice Ormsby-Gore in Paris. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

Alice with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker and his child, unknown details. Found via http://jairaji.tumblr.com/

Alice was soon in a wretched state. There had been scenes of ‘stomach-churning squalor and nastiness’ in her life with Clapton. There is no suggestion that he was in any way responsible for his partner’s choices. But it was all ‘one long, terrible downhill race, as if the two of them were competing to see who could destroy their life first.’

In January 1973, a few fans were at least able to slap Clapton on the back as he emerged from a restaurant on a rare visit to London. None of them recognised the haggard, bow-legged woman with broken teeth and matted, greasy hair hobbling along behind him. It was the once-ravishing Alice.

Alice Ormsby-Gore, R, in the Telegraph Magazine May 25 1973 issue, modelling Bill Gibb's clothes with two other models. From Miss Peelpants flickr.

Mark Wilkerson says in Who Are You: the Life of Pete Townshend book: "During the initial preparations for Quadrophenia [released in 1973], Pete was spending what he described as "a tremendous amount of time" with Eric Clapton in an effort to help him overcome a crippling heroin addiction. 'I was having to answer hysterial phone calls from Clapton's girlfriend Alice Ormsby-Gore practically every night,' Townshend said later. 'She always wanted me to go over there. It was an hour and half's drive, and always atawkward hours of the night... When I got there, usually she just wanted to explain what was happening. Eric would be asleep somewhere and she would be running around hysterically. What was worrying her, what she needed to talk about, was that she was giving Eric all of her heroin supply, most unselfishly. And then she was having to deal with Eric's extremely selfish outbursts, accusing her of doing the reverse. It was a typical junkie scene. It was despicable.'"

The following year, Clapton moved from heroin to alcohol and began a U.S. tour. It was the start of a triumphant professional comeback for him, but an even steeper personal decline for the fragile Alice. 
Clapton maintains he was not in love with Ormsby-Gore but she was deeply in love with him. In Ray Coleman's book CLAPTON she says, "Maybe because I was only seventeen I wrongly thought of it as mutual. My extreme youth made any rational analysis of the situation impossible."
Clapton broke the engagement and ended their relationship for good in after recovering from his heroin addiction with the help of Ormsby-Gore's family.

In November 1974, aged 22, she went to call on her elder brother Julian, who worked as a waiter, and found him dead on the floor of his Fulham flat. He had shot himself. After that, Alice seemed to drift off into a 20-year-long lost weekend. Her favourite uncle, like her mother, had already been killed in a car accident. And when in 1985 her father died, aged 66, also at the wheel of a car, the media began to refer to an ‘Ormsby-Gore curse’. 
In his autobiography Who I Am, Pete Townshend explains that on Autumn 1994 he received a call from Alice, who was in rehab. He explains that she told him that she found difficult to work with the theraphy because she felt she couldn't talk openly of her relationship with Eric Clapton. Townshend told her that she had to do it to stay clean. 
Sadly, she died of a heroin overdose in Bournemouth, Dorset, in 1995. She was 42.

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