Friday, June 14, 2024

Olivia Harrison, Devoted Widow of the Beatles’ George Harrison, Recovering from COVID in a London Hospital


COVID is unsparing, as we all know. Now the great Olivia Harrison, beloved and devoted widow of Beatle George Harrison, reports that she is recovering from the virus in a London hospital.

Olivia posted to Instagram today: “Redesigning my hospital room curtain. Unlucky to get covid but on the mend. Gratitude to all the selfless carers.”

Olivia was George’s second wife (after Patti Boyd) and mother of his only child, son Dhani. Olivia and Dhani have been steadfast in preserving George’s legacy. She’s soft spoken, elegant, and up to the task of representing George in the Beatles’ extended family. (Her mother named her for Olivia de Havilland, so that gave her a good start!)

I was reluctant to post this story but the very private Olivia felt comfortable enough to post to Instagram, where over 7,000 people have already responded with well wishes.

To make her get better faster, take a look at the video posted below. Olivia and Dhani are incredibly charitable with the Material World Foundation, and here she’s asking for donations to a Los Angeles shelter. Send some money there today in her honor.

She writes: “Material World is matching donations for what would have been our annual Christmas benefit for Alexandria House; a safe place where determined Moms and kids are living and working to get through tough times in a supportive community. You and I can give together. And as my mom would say, “take care of your pennies and your dollars will take care of themselves.” Any amount welcome.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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