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American photographer, activist and businesswoman (1941–1998)
For the food brand founded by McCartney, see Linda McCartney Foods

Linda McCartney

McCartney in 1976
Born
Linda Louise Eastman

(1941-09-24)September 24, 1941

Scarsdale, New York, US
Died April 17, 1998(1998-04-17) (aged 56)

Tucson, Arizona, US
Occupation
  • Photographer
  • musician
  • vegetarian cook book author and advocate
  • activist
  • entrepreneur
Years active 1965–1998
Spouse(s)
Melville See Jr

(m 1962; div 1965)

Paul McCartney

(m 1969)

Children
  • Heather
  • Mary
  • Stella
  • James
Parent
  • Lee Eastman (father)
Relatives Rose Frisch (aunt)
Musical career
Instrument(s)
  • Keyboards
  • vocals
Formerly of Wings
Musical artist
Website wwwlindamccartneycom

Linda Louise McCartney, Lady McCartney (née Eastman; September 24, 1941 – April 17, 1998) was an American photographer, musician, animal rights activist, vegetarian cook book author and advocate, and entrepreneur She was the keyboardist in the band Wings, which also featured her husband, Paul McCartney, a former member of the Beatles

Beginning in the mid 1960s, Linda began a career as a photographer, landing with Town & Country, where she soon gained assignments to photograph various musicians and entertainers By the late 1960s, she was a regular fixture at the Fillmore East, a New York concert venue, where she became the unofficial house photographer, photographing numerous performances at the legendary club, and was the first woman to have a photograph on the cover of the influential music journal Rolling Stone Her photographs were displayed in galleries and museums such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, and were collected in several books

Linda had been learning to play keyboards from her husband, and after the 1970 breakup of the Beatles, Paul and Linda recorded the album Ram together, and formed the band Wings in 1971 She continued to play alongside Paul following Wings’ breakup in 1981 up until The New World Tour in 1993

She was a vocal animal rights activist and wrote and published several vegetarian cookbooks She also founded the vegetarian Linda McCartney Foods company with her husband In 1995, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and died from the disease three years later at the age of 56

Early years

Linda McCartney was born Linda Louise Eastman in Scarsdale, New York, on September 24, 1941 She had one older brother named John, and two younger sisters named Laura and Louise Jr Her mother, Louise Sara Eastman (née Lindner), was from a German-Jewish family Her maternal grandfather was Max J Lindner, founder of the Lindner Company clothing store in Cleveland, Ohio Her father, Lee Eastman, was born Leopold Vail Epstein and was the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants His sister Rose Frisch became a noted scientist who worked on women’s fertility and population studies Her father practiced entertainment law in New York and counted among his famous clients Harold Arlen, Tommy Dorsey, Willem de Kooning, Jack Lawrence, and Mark Rothko At Eastman’s request, Lawrence wrote the song “Linda” when she was four years old It was recorded by Buddy Clark in 1947 and went to No 1 on the charts, and was recorded again in 1963 by duo Jan and Dean

Eastman graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1959 She then attended Vermont College in Montpelier, Vermont, where she received an Associate of Arts in 1961 Her brother John, who studied law like their father, later became the attorney and manager of her husband Paul McCartney She preferred nature and animals while growing up and enjoyed going horseback riding as a child After graduating from Vermont College, she attended the University of Arizona and majored in fine arts while taking up nature photography as a hobby While she was studying there, her mother was killed in the 1962 crash of American Airlines Flight 1 in Jamaica Bay, New York She then left the University of Arizona without graduating, and married Joseph Melville See Jr (in June 1962) Their daughter Heather was born in December 1962 They divorced in 1965, and Linda resumed using her maiden name

Career

Photography

Linda became a receptionist and editorial assistant for Town & Country magazine In 1965, she became romantically involved with photographer David Dalton She studied how he worked during photo shoots, how he set up shots and managed lighting and composition When she began her own shoots, such as with music groups, he said he was “astonished” at how easily she could take control of unruly or uncooperative musicians He said that shooting rock groups was “a bloody pain in the neck But with the lovely Linda, all this changed Now their eyes were pinned on her”

Dalton was also impressed by the intelligence of Eastman’s daughter “Linda and I would get high and Heather would say the most amazing things I’d think, ‘This is André Breton at six years old!'” He added that he found Linda’s relationship with Heather a “very charming aspect of her life with this wonderful child”

When the magazine received an invitation to photograph the Rolling Stones during a record promotion party on a yacht, Eastman immediately volunteered to represent the publication The photo shoot marked a turning point in her life:

Eastman’s father wanted her to undertake formal training with a professional photographer “Well, I never had the patience for that,” she said “I had to trust my feelings” But she studied the photography of horses at college in Arizona under Hazel Larsen Archer and became an avid nature hobbyist, using a Leica camera A few months after her Rolling Stones shoot, she was allowed backstage at Shea Stadium, where the Beatles performed

Eastman had gained some experience in celebrity photography and became an unofficial house photographer at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East concert hall Among the artists she photographed there were Todd Rundgren, Aretha Franklin, Grace Slick, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton, Simon & Garfunkel, the Who, the Doors, the Animals, John Lennon and Neil Young Her photo of Young, taken in 1967, was used on the cover of Sugar Mountain – Live at Canterbury House 1968 in 2008

She photographed Clapton for Rolling Stone magazine and became the first woman to have a photograph on the cover (May 11, 1968) After she married McCartney, her photo of the two of them appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone on January 31, 1974, making her the only person to appear on the magazine’s cover who was also the photographer Her photographs were later exhibited in more than 50 galleries internationally, and at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London A collection of photographs from that time, Linda McCartney’s Sixties: Portrait of an Era, was published in 1992 She also took the photograph for the cover of Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson’s single “The Girl Is Mine”

Music

Main article: Paul McCartney and Wings

Paul and Linda McCartney at the Academy Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion April 2, 1974

After the Beatles broke up in 1970, Paul taught Linda to play keyboards and recorded an album with her, Ram, as a duo The couple formed the band Wings They garnered several Grammy Awards, becoming one of the most successful British bands of the 1970s, but had to endure jibes about Linda’s singing

In 1977 the reggae-inspired single “Seaside Woman” was released by an obscure band called Suzy and the Red Stripes on Epic Records in the United States Suzy and the Red Stripes were Wings, with Linda (who wrote the song) on lead vocals The song, recorded by Wings in 1972, was written in response to allegations from Paul’s publisher that Linda’s co-writing credits were inauthentic and that she was not a real songwriter In 1971 Northern Songs and Maclen Music filed a lawsuit alleging that Paul McCartney had violated an exclusive rights agreement by collaborating with Linda on the song “Another Day”, which had the effect of transferring a 50% share of the publishing royalties to his own McCartney Music company The lawsuit was “amicably settled,” according to an ATV spokesman, in June 1972

The McCartneys shared an Oscar nomination for the song “Live and Let Die”; they were photographed together at the event in April 1974 Linda’s album Wide Prairie, which included “Seaside Woman,” was released posthumously in 1998 Along with eight other British composers, Paul contributed to the choral album A Garland for Linda, and he dedicated his classical album Ecce Cor Meum (1999) to Linda

Vegetarian cookbooks and company

Main article: Linda McCartney Foods

When she and Paul decided to become vegetarians in 1975, Linda stated that she would no longer “eat anything with a face” and “if slaughterhouses had glass walls the whole world would be vegetarian”

This shift led to the creation of cookbooks and a company In 1989, she released her first vegetarian cookbook, Linda McCartney’s Home Cooking (she credits author Peter Cox “for all of his help and research” on the copyright page) Next in 1991, Linda started her own company called Linda McCartney Foods, that served frozen vegetarian meals According to Far Out Magazine, Linda McCartney Foods, “helped make it easier and more accessible for people to choose not to eat meat At the time, options were extremely limited and Linda essentially made vegetarianism possible on a much larger scale The brand is one of Britain’s most established meat-free food products” However, in 1999, The HJ Heinz Company acquired the company, and in 2007, the Hain Celestial Group bought it

Her next vegetarian cookbook, Linda’s Kitchen: Simple and Inspiring Recipes for Meatless Meals, was published in 1995, and was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award in the Vegetarian Books category in 1996 In 2021, Paul, Stella, and Mary McCartney updated and veganized a number of Linda’s vegetarian recipes, and released them as the vegan cookbook, Linda McCartney’s Family Kitchen

Personal life

Marriages

Melville See Jr (1962–1965)

Eastman’s first marriage was to Joseph Melville See Jr (April 19, 1938 – March 19, 2000), whom she met in college He received a geology degree from Princeton and undertook graduate studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson Eastman followed him there, where she enrolled at the university to study art history She was there in March 1962 when her mother was killed in American Airlines Flight 1 crash

She married See in June 1962, and their daughter Heather Louise was born on December 31, 1962 The couple had dissimilar lifestyles, became increasingly unhappy, and divorced in June 1965 He was an academic who spent much of his time studying and doing research, while she preferred a home life She loved the wide open spaces in Arizona and enjoyed riding horses through the desert landscape The settings, with saguaro cacti, reminded her of scenery from western films, which inspired her to take up photography as a hobby

Paul McCartney (1969–1998)

See also: Paul McCartney, Heather McCartney, Mary McCartney, Stella McCartney, and James McCartney

On May 15, 1967, while on a photo assignment in London, Eastman met Paul McCartney at the Bag O’Nails club, where Georgie Fame was performing They met again four days later at the launch party for Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at Brian Epstein’s house When her assignment was completed, she flew back to New York City

They got together again the following May in New York, while McCartney and John Lennon were there to inaugurate Apple Records A few months after he returned to London, McCartney invited Eastman to spend some time with him there When she arrived, they went to his home, where they spent the evening “He must have been really happy that night,” said one of the fans who often loitered outside his home “He sat on the windowsill with his acoustic guitar and sang ‘Blackbird’ to us” from his upstairs room”

McCartney was attracted to Eastman for a number of reasons, which he explained later: “I liked her as a woman; she was good-looking with a good figure, so physically I was attracted to her” McCartney also liked her sense of independence:

Linda’s daughter, Heather, created another strong bond between them, since he had always liked and wanted children of his own When McCartney first met Heather, who was nearly six, he insisted that she and Linda move to London to live with him After they did, he devoted time to Heather, playing with her, reading her stories, and drawing cartoons with her He sang her to sleep at bedtime

Linda McCartney performing in 1976 with Paul McCartney and Wings

Biographer Philip Norman observed that Linda had some personality aspects which Paul admired She seemed less concerned with clothing or her public appearance, preferring to dress casually, even in semi-formal settings She typically held his arm when they were together, often “gazing up at him in awe,” and seeming to idolize him Paul’s friends said that he began to be less formal, whether shaving less often or just wearing simpler clothes “He could go on the bus down to Apple,” said his maid, “and no one would recognize him”

Linda’s relaxed attitude about everyday things began to affect him in other ways He recalls once feeling guilty because he was exhausted from work and, having trained himself to never appear tired, apologized to her She simply replied, “it’s allowed,” which amazed him “I remember thinking, Fucking hell! That was a mind-blower I’d never been with anyone who thought like that it was patently clear that it was allowed to be tired”

They were married in a small civil ceremony at Marylebone Town Hall on March 12, 1969 British fans reacted negatively, partly because his marriage ended McCartney’s status as the last unattached Beatle John Lennon married Yoko Ono a week later, and both women were perceived by fans as reasons for the group’s breakup Lennon at one point publicly criticized the way the press treated Linda: “She got the same kind of insults, hatred, absolute garbage thrown at her for no reason whatsoever other than she fell in love with Paul McCartney”

In late 1969, Paul fell into a deep depression due to the Beatles’ pending breakup after John Lennon’s departure He spent days in bed and drank excessively, wondering what to do with his life McCartney later said that Linda helped him pull out of that crisis by praising his work as a songwriter and persuading him to continue writing and recording

After a few troubled months, Paul McCartney wrote “Maybe I’m Amazed” in Linda’s honour He explained during an interview that the song was written “for me and Linda,” and that with the Beatles breaking up,

—Biographer Philip Norman

During their 29-year marriage, the McCartneys had four children: she brought her daughter Heather (whom Paul later formally adopted) from her first marriage, and together the couple had Mary (b 1969), Stella (b 1971), and James (b 1977)

They sometimes went to his farmhouse retreat in western Scotland, which he purchased before they met, a hidden place he used to “escape Beatlemania” They both liked and needed time away from the city, and were equally attracted to natural surroundings, writes biographer Barry Miles “We’d just enjoy sitting out in nature,” Paul said The song “Two of Us” on Let it Be was written by Paul during one of their country drives “This song was about that: doing nothing, trying to get lost the wonderfully free attitude we were able to have

Linda recalled the setting:

McCartney began writing more of his songs away from the studio “I found that I was enjoying working alone,” he said He wrote the song “The Lovely Linda” for his debut solo album while they were staying in Scotland In 1971, they recorded the album Ram

She became Lady McCartney when her husband was knighted in 1997 Her brother, entertainment lawyer John Eastman, had represented McCartney since the Beatles’ breakup, until his death in 2022

Lifestyle

Animal rights activist

A strong advocate of animal rights, Linda lent her support to many organizations, such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the Council for the Protection of Rural England, and Friends of the Earth She was also a patron of the League Against Cruel Sports She narrated a TV advertisement for PETA in which she said: “Have you ever seen a fish gasping for breath when you take it out of the water They’re saying, ‘Thanks a lot for killing me It feels great, you know’ No! It hurts!” After her death, PETA created the Linda McCartney Memorial Award

Marijuana

In 1984, McCartney was arrested in Barbados for possession of marijuana; her husband had been arrested in 1975 in Los Angeles on the same charge After flying to Heathrow Airport, she was arrested on charges of possession She later said that, while hard drugs are “disgusting”, marijuana is “pretty lightweight”

Diagnosis and death

McCartney was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995, and her condition worsened when the cancer metastasized to her liver Paul was aware of the prognosis and later said, “The doctors had told me privately that we’d caught it too late, that she’ll have about 18 months And that was what she had” She died from the disease at the age of 56 on April 17, 1998, at the McCartney family ranch in Tucson, Arizona Her family was with her when she died

McCartney was cremated in Tucson, and her ashes were scattered at the McCartney family’s English farm in Sussex Paul later suggested that fans remember her by donating to breast cancer research charities that did not support animal testing, “or the best tribute: go veggie” A memorial service was held at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, which was attended by George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Billy Joel, Elton John, David Gilmour, Peter Gabriel, and other celebrities among a congregation of 700 A memorial service was also held at Riverside Church in Manhattan two months after her death Paul said at her funeral, “She was my girlfriend I lost my girlfriend”

McCartney left all of her property to Paul, including royalties from books and records and rights to her photos He pledged to continue her line of vegetarian food and to keep it free from GMOs

Tributes and dedications

The Linda McCartney Memorial Garden and bronze statue in Kintyre, Scotland

In June 1998, the artist Brian Clarke exhibited The Glass Wall (Dedicated to Linda McCartney), a 1,012 square foot artwork in stained glass, at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York Created by Clarke between 1997–98, a period in which he and McCartney exhibited their collaborations in photography and stained glass together at the Swiss National Museum of Glass Arts in Romont, the artwork—which takes as its motif the fleur-de-lys or lily, cited as Linda’s favourite flower—was renamed in tribute to her after her death The exhibition, of the same name, ran until September 1998, after which The Glass Wall was acquired by the Corning Museum of Glass, and installed as part of its permanent collection in Steuben After her death, the Edinburgh International Film Festival premiered Wide Prairie, a six-minute cartoon fantasy film McCartney made with director Oscar Grillo

In April 1999, Paul McCartney performed at the “Concert for Linda” tribute at the Royal Albert Hall, organized by two of their friends, Chrissie Hynde and Carla Lane Among the artists who performed, besides Paul, were George Michael, the Pretenders, Elvis Costello, Tom Jones, and Neil Finn Paul closed the concert by dedicating the event to Linda, whom he called his “beautiful baby,” and their children

In January 2000, Paul announced donations in excess of $2,000,000 for cancer research at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and the Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson, where Linda received treatment The donations, through the Garland Appeal, were made on the condition that no animals would be used for testing Also in 2000, The Linda McCartney Centre, a cancer clinic, opened at The Royal Liverpool University Hospital In November 2002, the Linda McCartney Kintyre Memorial Trust opened a memorial garden in Campbeltown, the main town in Kintyre, with a bronze statue of her by her cousin, sculptor Jane Robbins

Representation in other media

Elizabeth Mitchell and Gary Bakewell played the McCartneys in the 2000 TV movie The Linda McCartney Story She was portrayed as “Linda Eastman” in the 1985 TV movie John and Yoko: A Love Story The McCartneys guest starred as themselves in The Simpsons episode “Lisa the Vegetarian”

She appears in the 2021 Peter Jackson documentary, The Beatles: Get Back

Discography

Main article: Wings discography

Albums

  • Ram (1971) (with Paul McCartney)
  • Wide Prairie (1998)

Solo singles

Year Song UK US Hot 100 Album
1998 “Wide Prairie” 74 Wide Prairie
1999 “The Light Comes from Within” 56

Session work

  • Paul McCartney – McCartney (1970)
  • The Beatles – Let It Be (1970)
  • Denny Laine – Holly Days (1977)
  • Denny Laine – Japanese Tears (1980)
  • Paul McCartney – McCartney II (1980)
  • Paul McCartney – Tug of War (1982)
  • Paul McCartney – Pipes of Peace (1983)
  • Paul McCartney – Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984)
  • Paul McCartney – Press to Play (1986)
  • Paul McCartney – Flowers in the Dirt (1989)
  • Paul McCartney – Off the Ground (1993)
  • Paul McCartney – Flaming Pie (1997)

See also

  • List of animal rights advocates
  • List of vegetarians

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