Alice Ormsby-Gore & Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton and Alice Ormsby
Eric Clapton and Alice Ormsby  

Alice Ormsby-Gore and Eric Clapton were engaged for 3 years. They dated for 1 year after getting together in 1968. They were engaged on 7th Sep 1969 but later separated in 1973.

On Screen Matchups

Alice Ormsby-Gore and Eric Clapton were in Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars(2017) together.


English Socialite Alice Ormsby-Gore was born Alice Magdalen Sarah Ormsby-Gore on 22nd April, 1952 in Brogyntyn Hall, in the parish of Selatyn to the north west of Owestry in Shropshire, West Midlands, England and passed away on 4th Apr 1995 Bournemouth, Dorset, United Kingdom aged 42. She is most remembered for Engaged to Eric Clapton. Her zodiac sign is Taurus.

Eric Clapton is a 77 year old British Musician. Born Eric Patrick Clapton on 30th March, 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England, UK, he is famous for The Yardbirds. His zodiac sign is Aries.


Eric Clapton and Alice Ormsby - Dating, Gossip, News, Photos list. Help us build our profile of Eric Clapton and Alice Ormsby! Login to add information, pictures and relationships, join in discussions and get credit for your contributions.


Relationship Statistics

Dating1968 - 7th Sep 1969 1 year, 8 months
Engaged7th Sep 1969 - 1973 3 years, 3 months
Total 1968 - 1973 5 years

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. 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. 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”.
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. 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 after curing his heroin addiction with the help of Ormsby Gore's family.
One of Clapton's first meaningful relationships was with British socialite Alice Ormsby-Gore. The couple date from 1968 to 1973 and even got engaged. Clapton's notorious infidelities unfortunately led to their breakup before they became married.

More about Eric Clapton and Alice Ormsby
Less about Eric Clapton and Alice Ormsby

Relationship Timeline

1973 - Breakup

7th September, 1969 - Engagement

1968 - Hookup

Couple Comparison

Alice Ormsby-Gore
Eric Clapton
Alice Ormsby-Gore
Eric Clapton
Age (at start of relationship)
5' 6" (168 cm)
5' 11" (180 cm)
Hair Color
Brown - Light
Brown - Dark
Eye Color
Brown - Dark

Onscreen Matchups

  • Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars 2017


Posted commentsView all comments (1)

little_queenieslittle_queeniesFeb 18, 2019

shared a link:

Join the FamousFix discussion board >>


Eric Clapton Other Relationships


Top Contributors for Eric Clapton and Alice Ormsby

Edit Page

Help keep Eric Clapton and Alice Ormsby profile up to date.