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Sir Paul McCartney and Lady Linda Eastman Marriage Profile

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Paul and Linda McCartney in 1995.

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Paul and Linda's marriage was considered one of the entertainment industry's most successful long-term marriage. Here is information about how Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman met, their wedding, children, quotes, and more.

News Updates:

4/07/08: As the 10th anniversary of Linda Eastman's death approached, Paul McCartney shared thoughts and memories about his first wife.
Source: "Sir Paul McCartney on Linda." TimesonLine.co.uk. 4/06/08.

Born:

Sir Paul McCartney aka James Paul McCartney: June 18, 1942 in Liverpool, Merseyside, England.

Linda Eastman: September 24, 1941 in New York City, New York.

Died:

Linda: April 17, 1998 in Tucson, Arizona. Linda died at age 56 from breast cancer.

Linda's cremation took place in Arizona. One of the memorial services for Linda was in Saint Martin-in-the-Fields. Paul scattered her ashes both at their home in East Sussex, England and at their family ranch in Tucson, Arizona.

Paul: "She didn’t know she was dying. I’m not actually sure she ever knew she was dying. You have a decision to make as a family as to whether you tell someone and the doctors leave it to you, the immediate family. I talked it over with the doctor and he said: 'I don’t think she would want to know. She is such a strong, forward-thinking lady and such a positive girl that I don’t think it would do any good.' She was fighting right up to the end."
Source: "Sir Paul McCartney on Linda." TimesonLine.co.uk. 4/06/08.
Paul's last moments with Linda: "So it suddenly came to me at the moment when she was just about to die. I have no idea why, I just thought, 'I've just got to say this.' It was as if I was guided and I said, 'You're up on your beautiful Appaloosa stallion; it's a fine spring day, we're riding through the woods. The bluebells are all out, and the sky is clear blue.' And she just drifted off. So, a terrible tragedy. But I don't think it could have happened in a better way in a better place."
Source: Chrissie Hynde. "Tears and Laughter." USAWeekend.com. Oct. 30-Nov.1, 1998.

How Paul and Linda Met:

Linda and Paul met on May 15, 1967 at the Bag o'Nails in London. Paul claims he was attracted by Linda's smile. She went back to New York City, and they didn't meet again until a year later.

 

Paul: "Across a crowded room, as they say, our eyes met and the violins started playing ... There was an immediate attraction between us. As she was leaving -- she was with the group the Animals, whom she’d been photographing –- I saw an obvious opportunity. I said: “My name’s Paul. What’s yours?” I think she probably recognized me. It was so corny, but I told the kids later that, had it not been for that moment, none of them would be here. Later that night, we went on together to another club, the Speakeasy. It was our first date and I remember I heard Procol Harum’s A Whiter Shade of Pale for the first time. It became our song."
Source: "Sir Paul McCartney on Linda." TimesonLine.co.uk. 4/06/08.
Linda: "It was at the Apple press conference that my relationship with Paul was rekindled. I managed to slip him my phone number. he range me up later that day and told me they were leaving that evening but he'd like it if I was able to travel out to the airport with him and John."
Source: Linda McCartney. Linda McCartney's Sixties: Portrait of an Era. pg. 146.

Wedding Date:

Paul and Linda were married on March 12, 1969 in a civil ceremony at the Marylebone Register Office in London. Their marriage was blessed at St. John's Wood Church near London, England with Paul's brother Michael McCartney aka Mike McGear as best man.

Linda wore a fawn beige dress with a pale daffodil yellow coat. Paul wore a gray suit with a yellow tie.

Honeymoon:

Paul and Linda honeymooned in the U.S. They took Linda's daughter Heather with them on their honeymoon.

Children:

Paul and Linda raised four children together.
  • Heather Louise See McCartney: Born in 1962 in Tucson, Arizona. In 1969 Paul adopted Heather after his marriage to Linda. Heather is a pottery designer. Heather's birth father is Joseph Melville See Jr.

  • Mary Anna McCartney Donald: Born in 1969 in London, England. Mary Anna is a photographer and producer. Mary Anna married Alistair Donald on September 26, 1998. The couple separated in April, 2005. She has two sons, Arthur Alistair Donald who was born in 1999 and Elliot Donald who was born in 2002.

  • Stella Nina McCartney Willis: Born in 1971 in London, England. Stella is a fashion and costume designer. Stella designed Madonna's wedding dress. Stella married publisher Alasdhair Willis on August 30, 2003 in Scotland. Stella and Alasdhair have four children.

  • James Louis McCartney: Born in 1977. James is a musician.

Occupations:

Paul: Bass guitar player for The Beatles, composer, singer, and musician.

Linda: Photographer, composer, actress, producer, writer, musician, member of Wings, and animal rights activist.
"Linda McCartney Photographs -- 2008", James Hyman Gallery

Residences:

Linda and Paul preferred to live far from city life.
  • Ranch in Tucson Arizona
  • Farm in East Sussex, England
  • Farm in Campbeltown, Scotland

Other Marriages:

Linda: Linda's first marriage was to Joseph Melville See Jr, a geologist, who she met at the University of Arizona. They married on June 18, 1962, had a daughter together, separated in 1964, and later divorced in June 1965. Joseph See committed suicide in 2000.

Paul: Paul's second marriage was to Heather Mills. They married on June 11, 2002 and were divorced on March 17, 2008. They have one child, Beatrice Milly McCartney born in 2003.

Paul's third marriage is to Nancy Shevell. They married on October 9, 2011.

Quotes About Paul and Linda McCartney's Marriage:

Paul: "Every love song I write is for Linda."
Source: "Linda Louise Eastman McCartney." The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, Volume 5: 1997-1999. Charles Scribner's Sons. 2002.

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