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Name: Linda McCartney  
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Date of Birth: 24th September 1941
Place of Birth: New York, New York, USA
Profession: Composer
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Linda McCartney and Denny Laine in the 1970s as members of Wings

Linda McCartney (September 24, 1941 – April 17, 1998), born Linda Eastman in Scarsdale, New York, to a Jewish family, was an American photographer, perhaps best known for her marriage to singer Paul McCartney.


Linda grew up in the wealthy Scarsdale area of Westchester County, New York. She established herself as a professional photographer in the rock and roll scene, and met her second husband, Paul McCartney, while photographing groups for a book titled Rock and Other Four Letter Words in 1967. They met at a night club called the Bag o' Nails. They married in 1969. She and Paul raised four children: Heather (from her previous marriage), Stella, Mary, and James.

After the breakup of the Beatles in 1970, Paul began teaching Linda to play keyboards, and included her in the lineup for his new band, Wings. Although Linda was shunned by music critics for her amateur singing and playing skills, Wings garnered several Grammy Awards for their music, and became one of the most successful bands of the 1970s. Linda developed her musical talent through the years, even writing and recording her own music. Her album, Wide Prairie was released posthumously in 1998.

Linda introduced her husband to vegetarianism and popularized a meatless diet through her best-selling cookbooks and line of frozen vegetarian meals. Additionally, Linda was a vocal advocate for animal rights.

After her husband's knighthood, she was occasionally referred to as Lady Linda or Lady McCartney.

When breast cancer claimed Linda's life in 1998, Paul suggested that fans remember her by donating to breast cancer research, "or the best tribute—go veggie".

It's often cited that Linda McCartney is related to the Eastman-Kodak dynasty. This is a myth and McCartney had no connection whatsoever with the family, as she explains in an interview, the audio file for which can be found on this page.

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