Bio: Linda McCartney

On September 24th 1941, Linda Louise Eastman was born in New York City.

Eastman was of Jewish descent. Her father was born Leopold Vail Epstein, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants; later changing his name to Lee Eastman. Eastman worked as an attorney for songwriter Jack Lawrence and would later go on to represent Paul McCartney.

Linda's mother Louise Sara Eastman was from a German Jewish family, the daughter of Max J. Linder, who was the founder of the Linder Company clothing store. Louise died tragically in 1962 from the crash of United Airlines Flight 1. This would sour Linda on the idea of flying throughout her life.

Linda Eastman, 1965. 

Linda Eastman, 1965. 

Linda McCartney working on some prints, circa 1969.

Linda McCartney working on some prints, circa 1969.

Early years

Eastman grew up in Westchester County, New York City, graduating from Scarsdale High School in 1959. After high school she attended Vermont College, where she received an Associate of Arts degree. While at Vermont Linda met her first husband Joseph Melville See, Jr. Eastman and See where married on June 18th, 1962; and Linda gave birth to their one and only child Heather Louise, on December 31st, 1962. The couple divorced in June of 1965.

Eastman later became a photographer working for the Fillmore East Concert Hall. While on assignment in the UK taking photographs of musicians, she met Paul McCartney at the Bag O'Nails club in London, on May 15th 1967. The future couple then famously met again four days later when The Beatles' were promoting Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band.

Marriage to Paul McCartney  

Paul and Linda McCartney get married, March 12th 1969. 

Paul and Linda McCartney get married, March 12th 1969. 

Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman at a promo party for Sgt. Pepper, May 19th, 1967.

Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman at a promo party for Sgt. Pepper, May 19th, 1967.

Paul and Linda crossed paths once more in New York in May of 1968, when John and Paul were there to announce Apple Corps. In September of 1968 Linda got a phone call from Paul asking her to fly over. They married six months later at Marylebone registry office on March 12th, 1969. Their union broke the hearts of millions of Beatles' fans worldwide, but began a marriage that would span 29 years until Linda's death.

Throughout her life Linda was a vegetarian and animal rights activist. She turned Paul onto vegetarianism in 1975 and he helped setup Linda's own line of vegetarian meals under the Linda McCartney Foods brand.

Death

Linda passed away on April 17th 1998 from breast cancer. She is survived by Mary, Stella, James and Heather McCartney; Paul adopted Heather from Linda's first marriage.

Paul and Linda McCartney. Photo by Timothy White.

Paul and Linda McCartney. Photo by Timothy White.

Paul and Linda McCartney circa 1997. 

Paul and Linda McCartney circa 1997. 

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