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Alice Magdalen Sarah Ormsby Gore (22 April 1952 - c. 17 April 1995) was a
British socialite.                                                                        Alice Magdalen Sarah Ormsby
                                                                                                      Gore
She was the youngest daughter of William David Ormsby-Gore, 5th Baron
                                                                                       Born          22 April 1952
Harlech and his first wife Sylvia Thomas. She became engaged to guitarist Eric
                                                                                       Died          c. 17 April 1995
Clapton but never married. She died of a heroin overdose in 1995.
                                                                                                     Bournemouth, Dorset, United
                                                                                                     Kingdom
       Contents
                                                                                       Cause of      Heroin overdose
 1 Teenage years
                                                                                       death
 2 Eric Clapton
                                                                                       Nationality   British
 3 Death of her brother
 4 Final years                                                                         Other         Deirdre Stevenson
                                                                                       names         (nickname) [1 ]
 5 References
 6 External links                                                                      Partner       Eric Clapton (fiance)

                                                                                       Parents       William David Ormsby Gore
Teenage years                                                                                        Sylvia Thomas


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." [2]

Eric Clapton
Later in 1968, Ormsby Gore was to encounter guitarist Eric Clapton. There is some speculation as to how they met. One
account gives credit for the introduction to Ian Dallas in 1969 when Alice was 17. [3] However, 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. [4] 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 Ormsby Gore, the older children
of Lord Harlech, who had been British ambassador to Washington during the Kennedy era.
The couple announced their engagement on 7 September 1969. 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 and Alice inevitably also became hooked on the drug. In his autobiography Clapton says “Alice
came back to live with me, and she started using too”. [4]
Time magazine reported their intention to marry on Monday, 16 March 1970[5]

       “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. 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.” [6]
Clapton broke the engagement and ended their relationship for good after recovering from his heroin addiction with the help
of Ormsby Gore's family.

Death of her brother
In 1974, aged 22, Ormsby Gore found her elder brother, Julian Ormsby Gore (33), dead in his apartment from gunshot
wounds, an apparent suicide. [7]

Final years
Ormsby Gore's father (William) David Ormsby Gore died in a car accident in 1985. He was succeeded by his youngest son
Francis Ormsby Gore, 6th Baron Harlech as his eldest, Julian Ormsby Gore, committed suicide in the 1970s, see above.
Alice Ormsby Gore died in poverty, found dead in a bedsit in Bournemouth, Dorset, having taken six times the fatal dose of
heroin.[8] The syringe was still in her arm.[9]

The Independent (London) reported on 21 April 1995, the day before her 43rd birthday:[10]

       Lord Harlech's sister, Alice Ormsby Gore, 42, who was once engaged to the rock guitarist Eric Clapton, died
       after taking a drug overdose at her flat, an inquest in Bournemouth, Dorset, heard.


References
   1. ^ ThePeerage.com
   2. ^ Time magazine , 12 April 1968
   3. ^ Hittin' The Web with The Allman Brothers Band :: Where Music Plus Friends Equals Family
   4. ^ a b Times Online , "Loving Layla" by Eric Clapton, 30 September 2007[dead link]
   5. ^ Time magazine , 16 March 1970
   6. ^ Slowhand Blues Guitar
   7. ^ Time magazine
   8. ^ FindArticles.com   "Peer's sister overdosed on heroin", The Independent, 6 May 1995[dead link]
   9. ^ "Poor little rich kids will save a fortune" . The Scotsman. February 17, 1999. Retrieved July 2, 2010. [dead link]
  10. ^ FindArticles.com "Drug Overdose", The Independent, 21 April 1995 Archived January 2, 2008 at the Wayback Machine

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