Linda McCartney

Linda McCartney


9/24/1941, Scarsdale, New York, USA



Birth Name

Linda Louise Eastman


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Linda McCartney was born in Scarsdale, New York on September 24th, 1941. She graduated from University of Arizona with a BFA degree. As a photographer she started her career in New York, working as a secretary for Town and Country magazine in New York in the early Sixties.…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Linda was a talented horseback rider and won several competitions as a child.

    • The lyrics to the song, Cook of the House were inspired by a plaque in the kitchen of a house they were staying at, "wherever I serve my guests, they like my kitchen best."

    • Linda often stated that she never used artificial light when taking photographs.

    • Linda: The day Otis Redding died I was visiting friends on 57th street in New York. Dusk was falling as I left to catch the bus and I heard the news on a news vendor's radio. I can still see myself taking it in. I can still feel the same feelings.

    • Linda: We both came from families in which parents got married, had children and the whole thing. So we were not the kind of people to live together permanently.

    • Linda was a well regarded rock photographer long before she met Paul.

    • The song Linda, by Jack Lawrence, was written for her.

    • Linda's eldest child Heather is from her first marriage to Joseph Melvin See. After she married Paul, he legally adopted Heather.

    • "The Linda McCartney Story" was a television movie dedicated to her life in 2000. Linda was played by Elizabeth Mitchell.

    • The 200th episode of "The Simpsons" was dedicated to her memory.

    • She had three children with Paul McCartney: Mary, Stella and James.

    • She was diagnosed with breast cancer in December of 1995, and lost her battle in 1998 at the McCartney Family Ranch in Tucson, Arizona surrounded by her family.

    • Linda's mother, Louise, died in a plane crash when Linda was 20 years old.

    • Linda: I think we should care more about each other, I think we should think about what we eat, and how we live....and maybe I'm a dreamer.

    • She started her own line of vegetarian TV dinners.

    • Although her father's name was Eastman, she is not, as commonly rumored, related to Eastman-Kodak family.

  • Quotes

    • Linda: we spend so much time together, because that's how we like it. I never used to go on girl's nights out, even at school. And Paul has never liked going out for a night with the boys, either.

    • Linda: Paul and I have lasted this long close together, so we must have something going for each other.

    • Linda: Our kids haven't any airs about them. I don't like posh kids who don't like dirty dolls or expect a chauffeur every time they go out.

    • Linda: Photography was an interest at first, then a passion.

    • Linda: I became a professional photographer by accident.

    • Linda: Sticks and stones my break my bones but words will break my heart.

    • Linda: I don't eat anything with a face.

    • Linda: I wasn't looking for another marriage. I had been married before. He is a nice man - a geologist, an Ernest Hemingway type. But Paul and I married because of convention.

    • Linda: If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.

  • Linda McCartney was a wonderful woman, a dedicated wife, and mother, talented photographer, and a passionate animal rights activist.

    Okay, so maybe she couldn’t really sing too well and she wasn’t the greatest keyboard player, but really who cares? If she hadn’t of been married to Paul McCartney nobody would have thought twice about these things. What you need to remember about Linda McCartney was that she was one of the nicest people that ever lived. My whole life I have looked up to her, as a photographer, as an activist, and as a human being, and I have tried to model myself after her in whatever ways I can. Linda McCartney’s photos have been exhibited all over the world and she has published many books as well. She loved Paul very much and was a great mother to her four kids, Heather, Stella, Marry and James. She wasn’t one of those celebrities who get obsessed with having great press and looking gorgeous and making tons of money. She was happy to stay at home with her kids and her horses and her husband. I think we could learn a lot from Linda, and I would personally like to thank her for her courage. If not for her willingness to be herself and stand up for her right to do so I probably would have become another mindless drone and followed the crowd like everyone else. And oh yeah, go veggie!moreless