The other half of Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, not just performed with her husband but was likewise an acclaimed photographer in addition to a famous supporter of vegetarianism and animal rights.
Birthed Linda Eastman in New York on September 24, 1941, she was the daughter of copyright lawyer Lee Eastman and not, as is extensively held, a participant of the Eastman/Kodak household; photography was nevertheless in her blood, and during the ’60s she turned into one of one of the most sought after shutterbugs covering the rock-and-roll scene, publishing portraits of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and the Doors in the pages of Rolling Stone and various other magazines. She met McCartney during the launch of the Beatles’ 1967 site Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Band, and they started dating following the dissolution of his long time partnership with partner Jane Asher; eventually, on March 12, 1969, the couple married.
Linda’s marital relationship to Paul, the last staying bachelor among the Fab 4, caused a significant media furor– as a divorcée and single mom (she was quickly wed during the late ’50s), she was the topic of considerable criticism from ethical guard dogs and Beatles fans alike. The scenario only intensified after the Beatles’ subsequent breakup– as with John Lennon’s spouse Yoko Ono, Linda was charged of accelerating the dissolution of the band. At Paul’s insistence, she started studying piano; the 1971 LP Ram was credited to both Paul & Linda, and later that year, she was recruited to join his new band, Wings. Although the objections leveled at her musical abilities were frequently poisonous, she continued recording and touring with her husband throughout the years following, serving as the inspiration behind a lot of Paul’s solo hits too.
McCartney was a lot more successful outside of songs, earning respect as a top-level force for animal rights; a strong vegetarian, she released a series of best-selling recipe books (1989’s Home Cooking and 1995’s Linda’s Kitchen among them) and developed her own very profitable line of frozen vegetarian meals created at environmentally sensitive factories. In addition, she released a series of photo compilations, including 1982’s Linda’s Pictures and 1992’s Sixties: Portrait of an Era, and even won an animation award at the Cannes Film Festival for her 1980 project Seaside Woman. In 1995, McCartney was diagnosed with breast cancer, and on April 17, 1998 the disease took her life at the age of 56; a compilation of solo recordings, Wide Prairie, was released posthumously later that very same year.
With the nature and location of Linda McCartney‘s fatality in question, authorities in Santa Barbara Region, Calif., released a probe into the singer and rock photographer’s death. The outbreak of speculation prompted Linda McCartney’s widower, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, to flatly reject that his better half’s death was an assisted suicide rather than a natural death by cancer.
McCartney revealed that Linda, that disclosed she had breast cancer cells in 1995, had actually passed away that Friday on the household’s Santa Barbara ranch, following the recent discovery that the cancer had spread in her liver. Inquiries regarding the concern occurred numerous days later after the regional coroner obtained no death certificate for Linda McCartney. In addition, there was no authorization for the cremation of Linda McCartney’s body, as required by county law.
Worsening the confusion was a report on Wednesday from People magazine’s on-line edition that pointed out anonymous resources confirming that Linda McCartney, who was 56, had actually passed away in Tucson, Ariz., 400 miles from Santa Barbara.
On Thursday, the Arizona Daily Star paper reported that unnamed neighborhood officials had independently validated that Linda McCartney had actually passed away on the family cattle ranch east of Tucson. Nonetheless, authorities will not publicly prove that an Arizona death certificate has been provided because such files are considered sealed, exclusive records under state law.
A representative for Pima County, Ariz., Medical Inspector Bruce Parks, expressed that the office had no comment on the concern.
We certainly heard the rumor that she may have passed away in Arizona,” Sgt. Jim Peterson, a spokesman for the Santa Barbara County sheriff’s
office, told CNN. “Until we can confirm that either through the state of Arizona or through an attending physician, we’re not going to be able to cease our investigation.”
The questions obliged Paul McCartney to issue a statement with family spokesman Geoff Baker that revealed the area of Linda’s death just as a “private” location.
Linda McCartney’s ashes were apparently carried back to the UNITED KINGDOM over that weekend and scattered around the household estate in Sussex, England.
Linda Louise McCartney was born on September 24th, 1941, in Scarsdale, New York. After graduating from Scarsdale High School in 1960, she went on to study Art History at the University of Arizona.
After college, Linda became a professional photographer. In her career, she photographed many of the iconic musicians of the time, including Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Aretha Franklin, and others. She became the first female photographer to have her work featured on the cover of “Rolling Stone” magazine with a portrait of Eric Clapton.
In 1974, Linda and Paul appeared together on the cover of Rolling Stone. That photo made her the only person to have been a photographer for and photographed for the cover of the magazine. That was a great representation of Linda’s life both in front of and behind the lens.
After marrying Paul McCarney in 1969, her photographs began reflecting more of her personal interests. She began exploring the natural work and family life, creating intimate, emotionally charged photos.
In her parallel career as a musician, Linda joined her husband, Paul, in the album, RAM, on the stage as a keyboard player and vocalist in Wings and toured with the band throughout the 70’s extensively.
In the 1990’s, Linda’s passion for animal rights and the vegetarian lifestyle led her to write two vegetarian cookbooks, “Linda’s Kitchen”, and “Linda McCartney’s Home Cooking”. Both of these books became international bestsellers and helped to revolutionize vegetarian home cooking, along with her food company, Linda McCartney Foods.
Linda continued her work as a photographer until her death from breast cancer in 1998. Her work has been exhibited in many institutions, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the International Center of Photography in New York.
More recently, Linda’s works have been exhibited in Seoul, South Korea, Pavillon Populaire in Montpellier and Kunst Haus, Vienna. A selection of her images from her thirty-year career were published by Taschen, in Life in Photographs, in 2011.