About Olivia Trinidad Harrison (Arias)
Olivia Trinidad Arias, aka Olivia Harrison, is the widow of George Harrison, former member of The Beatles.
She is the daughter of dry-cleaner Esiquiel Arias, and his wife Mary Louise, who worked as a seamstress. She has brothers named Ron and Gilbert and sisters named Chris and Linda. Olivia attended Hawthorne High School and graduated in 1965. She later worked as a secretary at A&M Records, where George Harrison happened to hold a recording contract. Olivia attended Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach's wedding in 1981 without her wedding ring, giving rise to speculation that her marriage to Harrison was a hoax. This is not true: her parents attended their private wedding ceremony at the Henley-on-Thames Register Office in England. George's brothers at Friar Park were not invited. George always referred to her by her maiden name, Arias, on all his original albums and even named her "my wife Arias" in a Musician Magazine article, c.1991.
Olivia, together with Beatles' wives Linda McCartney, Yoko Ono, and Barbara Bach, has been involved with the Romanian Angel Appeal since the early 1990s, which has raised millions of dollars to provide aid for children living in devastation. She reveals her concerns for the Romanian orphans in this quotation (from her appearance on "Wogan", transmitted 22 June 1990): "It was sort of a gradual assault on my conscience. It was slowly wearing away at me and I decided that perhaps we should try to raise some money...I went to Romania and was just overwhelmed, devastated and shocked by the situation." Olivia Harrison produced the Concert For George in her husband's memory in 2002. This concert was sold out at London's Royal Albert Hall and featured many musicians such as Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Ravi Shankar, Ringo Starr, and many more, including the first worldwide exposure of her son Dhani. She has received a Grammy Award in 2005 as a producer for the music video of the show in the Best Long Form Music Video category.
Olivia Harrison appeared on-stage at Microsoft's June 1, 2009 E3 press conference with Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to promote the upcoming The Beatles Rock Band video game.