1941 - 1998 (56 years)
Has 4 ancestors and 11 descendants in this family tree.
||Linda Eastman |
|Relationship||with Francis Fox|
||24 Sep 1941
||17 Apr 1998
||2 Apr 2002 |
- Linda Eastman grew up in Scarsdale, a wealthy suburb in New York. She attended the University of Arizona where she discovered her passion for photography. At the age of 19 her mother was killed in a plane crash. It was too hard for her to stay home and try to help the family, so she retruned to Arizona.
She later moved to New York City, where in 1966 her big break came: after coming across an invitation to a press party for the Rolling Stones, her career took off. She was soon in demand for her work, and she photographed such notables as Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Who, Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding.
In 1967 she went to London to photograph the Beatles and was introduced to Paul McCartney at a nightclub. Paul recalls this night in his new biography, Many Years From Now: "The night I met Linda I was in the Bag o'Nails watching Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames play a great set.... [Linda] was there with the Animals, who she knew from photographing them in New York.... The band had finished and they got up to either leave or go for a drink or a pee or something, and she passed our table. I was near the edge and stood up just as she was passing, blocking her exit. And so I said, 'Oh, sorry. Hi. How are you? How're you doing?' I introduced myself, and said, 'We're going on to another club after this, would you like to join us?'" They had a lovely evening, and he invited her to the launch party for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts' Club Band a few days later.
Paul stated to Vanity Fair: "A lot of the girls I had met were just girls. She was a real woman." Paul stayed with Linda in New York in 1968 and later that year she went with him to England.
Paul's fans were devestated by his marriage. Linda had to endure their hatred, coming home to see "American Slut Go Home" graffitied on the walls.
Things only got worse when Paul talked her into touring with Wings, the enormously successful band he put together in 1972 and took on and off the road until 1981. "I'm only there because we like being together," Linda said of her musical partnership with Paul, but her unpolished vocals invited derision. She thought of quitting numerous times, but Paul wouldn't hear of it. She endured ridicule from musicians and fans alike.
Linda was always an animal lover. As a young girl she used to bring home the injured dogs, sqirrels, and chipmunks and care for them. She went on to spend 25 years of her life as a vegetarian, campaigning tirelessly to save animals from medical experiments as well as ovens. In 1989 she published Linda McCartney's Home Cooking, a bestselling collection of vegetarian recipes. Two years later she launched McVege, a line of vegetarian products that has grown into England's most successful, with sales of more than $56 million in 1997.
In December 1995, Linda went for a routine checkup at London's Princess Grace Hospital. The doctors discovered a malignant tumor in her breast. That month she had it removed and soon began chemotherapy. She was unable to attend Paul's knighting ceremony on March 11, 1997 because of cancer treatments, but by July her hair had grown back. It appeared to everyone that Linda was on the road to full recovery. But in March of 1998, it was learned that the cancer had spread to her liver. The same disease that had taken Paul's mother from him at the tender age of 14 was now taking away his wife, soul mate, and best friend, Linda.
"The only 11 days we ever did not spend the night together," Paul told PEOPLE in 1993, "was when I got put in jail in Japan for pot. That's quite amazing." At 56, Linda McCartney succumbed to breast cancer, with her husband and her four children--Heather, Mary, Stella, and James--by her side. She was in Tucson, Arizona at the family's 150-acre ranch. Paul's statement of her death is as follows: "the kids and I were there when she crossed over. They each were able to tell her how much they loved her. Finally I said to her, `You're up on your beautiful Appaloosa stallion. It's a fine spring day . . . and the sky is clear blue.' I had barely got to the end of the sentence when she closed her eyes and gently slipped away."
The many songs Paul has written for Linda include "My Love," "No More Lonely Nights," "The Lovely Linda," and "Somedays."
Paul and Linda McCartney's relationship will go down in history as one of rock & roll's greatest love stories. When they met at a London nightclub in 1967, she was a well-known rock photographer, and he was world-famous as a member of the Beatles. The night she met Paul, Linda gave him her phone number, and she began to show up at places where Paul was, and diligently pursued him. Paul and Linda eventually began dating, even though Paul was engaged at the time to Jane Asher. It's a common myth that Linda broke up the relationship between Paul and Jane. The truth is that Paul's relationship with Jane was nearly over by the time he and Linda got together.
Linda came from a well-to-do New York family. Her father, John, was a prominent attorney. (Contrary to a popular myth, Linda isn't related to the Eastman family that founded the Kodak-Eastman empire. Her family name is actually Epstein, but it was changed to Eastman.)
Linda's first husband was Mel See Jr., who she met while attending college at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The marriage was short-lived and it produced a daughter named Heather. (Mel tragically committed suicide in March 2000 at the age of 62.) Linda and Mel's divorce was reportedly amicable, and after the divorce, Linda moved back to New York and began her career as a photographer. She quickly became one of the first well-known female photographers in rock.
Before dating Paul, Linda dated other rock stars such as Mick Jagger, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Winwood, Eric Burdon, and Neil Young. She was also briefly romantically involved with Warren Beatty.
Not long after Paul broke up with Jane Asher in 1968, Linda and her daughter Heather moved in with him at his home in London. When Paul married Linda in 1969, she was over three months pregnant with their daughter Mary. Paul may have broken millions of hearts because the Beatles heartthrob was no longer a bachelor, but Paul and Linda's marriage was one of the most enduring in the entertainment industry. Paul and Linda were inseparable (even weathering a few drug busts together), and they almost never spent a night away from each other. Linda became Paul's muse and musical partner: in the '70s she was a member of Paul's band, Wings, and she contributed to almost all of Paul's albums as a player and was listed as a co-songwriter on many of the albums. Linda was the inspiration for the Paul McCartney-written songs "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "Lovely Linda." They also had three kids together--Mary, Stella, and James--who they raised with Heather, who was adopted by Paul.
It's been said that the Beatle whom Linda was initially attracted to was John Lennon, but John showed no interest in her and Linda subsequently set her sights on Paul McCartney. Years later in the 1970s, when Linda was married to Paul and John was married to Yoko Ono, Linda and John reportedly had a brief affair, according to the book "Lennon In America," which the author claims is based on John Lennon's private diaries. According to the story, after an argument with Yoko, John went to Paul's home where he found Linda alone. She had also had an argument with Paul and he had stormed out. After a bottle of wine and some marijuana, the author says, John and Linda ended up in bed for a short encounter. Whether or not that story is true is anyone's guess, but it's the only report that Linda was ever unfaithful to Paul during their marriage.
Linda was different from most wives of rock superstars. She and Paul spent most of their home time at their farm in Scotland, where Linda did the cooking and cleaning. She also became an animal rights activist and a well-known vegetarian, having written best-selling vegetarian cookbooks and starting a highly successful vegetarian food business. In the mid-'90s, Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer and in 1998, she tragically died from the disease. That same year, a posthumous Linda McCartney album, "Wide Prairie," was released. In her will, Linda left her entire fortune (reportedly worth $230 million at the time) to Paul. In 2000, the first biography about Linda McCartney ("Linda McCartney: A Portrait") was published, and a TV movie about her followed shortly afterward.
Before dating Paul, Linda dated other rock stars such as Mick Jagger, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Winwood, Eric Burdon, and Neil Young. She was also briefly romantically involved with Warren Beatty