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Olivia Harrison Articles, Features, Interviews
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seaglass eyes sunny smile
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4 October 2011 - 6.59pm

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(note: meanmistermustard renamed this thread on the 30th September 2014 to open it up so it could include additional articles, features and interviews by or with Olivia, originally it was called 'Beautiful Article by Olivia Harrison')
 
AOL linked me to this and it's amazing.  It's an article Olivia wrote on the movie, Living in the Material World, and on being with and without George. I'm not going to lie, I teared up.
 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....88989.html

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"What happens to them?" insisted Milo.

"Oddly enough, they often grow ten times the size of everyone else," said Alec thoughtfully, "and I’ve heard that they walk among the stars."

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5 October 2011 - 3.52am
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. I admit I have had a pretty amazing 10 years. It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway, that not in a million years would I have made that trade.

 

Wow.. that line conveys all her sadness. Thanks for the article, it was very beautiful indeed.

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie……

Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower…

Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go.

Beware of Darkness… 

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seaglass eyes sunny smile
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5 October 2011 - 11.17am

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8You're welcome. Glad you liked it too.

"Now and then, though, someone does begin to grow differently. Instead of down, his feet grow up toward the sky. But we do our best to discourage awkward things like that."

"What happens to them?" insisted Milo.

"Oddly enough, they often grow ten times the size of everyone else," said Alec thoughtfully, "and I’ve heard that they walk among the stars."

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Zig
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5 October 2011 - 11.28am

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I have to thank George for my life with him and oddly enough, for with my life without him.

She is a remarkable woman. Thank you for sharing this.

To the fountain of perpetual mirth, let it roll for all its worth. And all the children boogie.

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5 October 2011 - 11.49am

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Thanks for posting, that was beautiful.

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

"When I cannot sing my heart, I can only speak my mind."

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seaglass eyes sunny smile
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5 October 2011 - 3.20pm

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Zig said:

I have to thank George for my life with him and oddly enough, for with my life without him.

She is a remarkable woman. Thank you for sharing this.

You're welcome, Zig. I knew people here would appreciate. And yeah, Olivia is…just fantastic. I think she did the two of the best things you can do for somebody else for George. She saved his life, and she took care of him when he was dying. Plus, she's a pretty awesome person in her own right. I really like Olivia. Anyway, I'm glad everybody liked the article!

"Now and then, though, someone does begin to grow differently. Instead of down, his feet grow up toward the sky. But we do our best to discourage awkward things like that."

"What happens to them?" insisted Milo.

"Oddly enough, they often grow ten times the size of everyone else," said Alec thoughtfully, "and I’ve heard that they walk among the stars."

The Phantom Tollbooth

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Inner Light
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5 October 2011 - 5.36pm

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Great article. George and Olivia were very special people. Thanks so much for posting.

The further one travels, the less one knows

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HareKrishna
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6 October 2011 - 1.24am

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Thanks. I had missed this on my daily Beatles-browse. It's really beautiful. a-hard-days-night-george-5

"With our love, we could save the world." 

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GeorgeFan14
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18 October 2011 - 5.21am

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OMG...I don't know what to say...Olivia has been really, really strong though.

Here Comes The Sun, do-do-do-do, Here Comes The Sun, and I say, it's alright.

Rest In Peace.

"Ah-ah, Mr. Wilson"

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meanmistermustard
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30 September 2014 - 5.47pm

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Interview with Olivia published in 'The Times' on Wednesday 24th September 2014. The below is the first third, the others will follow soon. 

Edit: Source for the first part.

There are photos of the Beatles and family on every wall of the downstairs corridor and kitchen: there’s George, Paul, Ringo and John, some poses from the Hamburg years; Stella McCartney hangs by the spiral staircase. As I walk in, my eyes barely register them, these most famous of men almost as familiar as my own relatives, but then I get a jolt: these aren’t the posters of any ordinary fan, they’re the family photographs of Olivia Harrison and her son Dhani, just remembering husband and dad, now he’s gone.

It’s the same kind of jolt Olivia gets when she listens to Harrison’s voice now that his first six solo albums have been digitally remastered in a box set, The Apple Years. When I put on the first song of the set it’s so clear that the first words, “Let me in here”, are like Harrison whispering into my ear 13 years after his death. The effect isn’t ghostly, it’s real.

“I know,” says Olivia, with her forceful Californian lilt, now that we’re upstairs in the more formal sitting room in her Knightsbridge townhouse. “It’s got the breath in it, hasn’t it? He had the most distinctive voice, those funny little vowels. I always have that disconnect when I’m listening as a music lover and then I suddenly go, ‘Oh, oh, it’s you’.

Her deep brown eyes – so similar to his – drift to the middle distancne and there’s a beat of silence. That recognition is “not painful.”

Occasionally she finds herself listening to a song and it does not conjure  him up as just as he played it to her. “When that happens it doesn’t make me happy,”, she laughs. She wants that connection to live whenever she hears his music. “oh , wait, don’t ever let that become just objective, something that you don’t connect to.”

 

Olivia Harrison is the the unknown wife of the quiet Beatle. They were married for 23 years and pretty much all the public knows of her is two key incidents. First the moment the Mexican-born secretary met Harrison while working in Los Angeles. Then two years before Harrison died of cancer when this gentle woman had to save her husband by smashing in the head of the crazed intruder attacking him with a knife.

For all the years of retreat in between we have a few wearily wise lines from her in the Martin Scorsese documentary on Harrison: “Sometimes people say: ‘What’s the secret of a long marriage?’ [The answer is] You don’t get divorced.” There she was alluding to what she called on camera “always a challenge… He did like women, and women did like him”: the infidelity that beset his first marriage to Pattie Boyd and which he struggled to control in his second; what Olivia called a series of “hiccups”.

For Olivia these CD’s now transport her back to tell the story of their life together. She didn’t play these albums much; she knew them “by heart” anyway. “If I was going to indulge in listening to George’s music I would go into the studio and listen to some alternative takes, to hear him talking and just goofing around with music.”

Every now and then she’d hear a snatch of a famous melody – it’s hard to avoid Here Comes The Sun or Something – and get the jolt. It was inescapable. "I did a hike up Mount Picchu, just backpackers alone up the mountain, and two pan pipe players appeared playing 'Hey Jude'. I sent it to Paul on my phone, he said: "Ah, you see: you can't get away."."

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1 October 2014 - 2.55pm

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“If I was going to indulge in listening to George’s music I would go into the studio and listen to some alternative takes, to hear him talking and just goofing around with music.”

I like her more and more each time I hear or read what she has to say. Thanks, mmm.

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3 January 2016 - 9.08pm
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Zig said

I like her more and more each time I hear or read what she has to say. Thanks, mmm.

I was going to come here and say something exactly like that... 

Here's her telling of the knife attack-- which I'm sure we've all digested in various forms, but I like the way she tells it, she's a great storyteller. The title of the video is somewhat misleading, 'tis actually mostly Olivia and Dhani and two other chaps-- one with a really great (Scots?) accent-- and George puts in an appearance at the very end. The footage is from all over the place, time-wise. 

 

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4 January 2016 - 9.27am
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meanmistermustard said 

Interview with Olivia published in 'The Times' on Wednesday 24th September 2014. The below is the first third, the others will follow soon. 

Edit: Source for the first part.
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@meanmistermustard your source takes me to a tumblr search for 'olivia harrison'. 

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4 January 2016 - 3.33pm

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Silly Girl said

meanmistermustard said 

Interview with Olivia published in 'The Times' on Wednesday 24th September 2014. The below is the first third, the others will follow soon. 

Edit: Source for the first part.

@meanmistermustard your source takes me to a tumblr search for 'olivia harrison'. 

The interview was in The [London] Times newspaper which sits behind an online paywall. The tumblr to which I linked had the article available to read without having to go to the Times.

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