Linda McCartney – Paul McCartney's Second Wing
Linda Louise Eastman (later McCartney ) was born in New York City, to the family of Leopold Vail Eastman, the son of Louis Epstein, a Jewish immigrant who was born in Russia in 1887 and came to America as a child soon after the break of the XX century.
An widespread notion that Linda was related to the George Eastman family of Eastman Kodak fame is incorrect - their common surname is a pure coincidence.
McCartney started working as a rank-and-file photographer for Town & Country magazine (despite only having experience with horses as subjects), and very soon scored a jackpot: she managed to take photographs of the Rolling Stones during a notorious record promotion party on board of the SS Sea Panther yacht. This gave McCartney a new status that would allow her to photograph artists such as Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton, Simon & Garfunkel, the Who, the Doors, the Animals, John Lennon and Neil Young.
In 1969 she married Paul McCartney, whom she met during an assignment. They had three children together; Paul also adopted her daughter from a previous marriage.
She and husband Paul appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone on January 31, 1974, making her the only person to have taken a photograph, and to have been photographed, for the front cover of the famous magazine.
After the breakup of The Beatles and the creation of Paul's The Wings, Linda learned to play the piano and took an active part in her husband's music career. The McCartneys even shared an Oscar nomination for the co-composition of the song "Live and Let Die".
Linda introduced her husband to vegetarianism, which she actively promoted through her cookbooks: Linda McCartney’s Home Cooking, Linda’s Kitchen, and Simple and Inspiring Recipes for Meatless Meals. And in 1991, she introduced a line of frozen vegetarian meals under the Linda McCartney Foods name, which turned into a thriving business and brought her a considerable fortune.
McCartney was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995. Despite all the efforts of the doctors, hampered to a degree by Linda's staunch animal rights position (she simply refused to take cancer-fighting medications that had been tested on animals).
Linda McCartney died at the age of 56 at the McCartney family ranch in Tucson, Arizona.
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