Sunday 17 April 2022


Linda Louise McCartney, Lady McCartney (née Eastman; September 24, 1941 – April 17, 1998) was an American photographer, musician, animal rights activist, and entrepreneur. She was the keyboardist in the band Wings.

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. 

Linda 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.

Linda 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."

Linda 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 


This is the last photo of Paul and Linda together.
Paul, Linda and Brian Clarke (right).Paul and Linda traveled immediately after Stella´s Paris fashion show to Romont Switzerland -in mid March 1998 to attend an exhibition of stained glass that Linda and Clarke had collaborated on. Only three weeks after this photo, Linda would be gone.

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