Diagnoised with breast cancer in December 1995. She lost her battle with the disease on April 17, 1998 at the McCartney Family Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. Her husband Paul McCartney and their four children were at her bedside.
A dedicated vegetarian who founded her own successful range of frozen veggie food in the early 1990s.
A top photographer whose pictures of rock stars in the 1960s led to her meeting her future husband, Paul McCartney (Sir Paul from 1997).
Her oldest daughter Heather McCartney was adopted by her second husband Paul McCartney in 1969.
Her line of vegetarian foods made her independently wealthy, in the years before her death.
Took a lot of flak for her ability (or lack thereof) on keyboards; she played along with husband Paul McCartney's bands because he wanted her there, as with John Lennon's making Yoko Ono his musical partner. A late starter, taught mostly by Paul, Linda knew her limitations on keyboards; before going back on the road in the 1990s, she took a winter off to build up her chops. Nonetheless, in her own words, "there's high-schoolers who could do better".
Three children with Paul McCartney: photographer Mary McCartney (Donald), top fashion designer Stella McCartney and musician/sculptor James McCartney.
Was a devoted animal rights activist and vegetarian.
Daughter from her first marriage, pottery designer Heather McCartney.
Grandmother of five boys and one girl, all born after her death: Mary McCartney's three sons Arthur Alistair Donald (b. 3 April 1999), Elliot Donald (b. 1 August 2002), and Sam Aboud (b. 11 August 2008) and Stella McCartney's two sons Miller Alasdhair James Willis (b. 25 Feburary 2005), and Beckett Robert Lee (b. 8 January 2008), and daughter Bailey Linda Olwyn Willis (b. 8 December 2006).
Occasionally hinted that she was related to the Eastmans of Eastman-Kodak fame, but her photography career was coincidental. Her father Lee Eastman and brother John Eastman were New York show-business attorneys... and her father changed the family name from its original Epstein. (This wasn't lost for a moment on John Lennon or Allen Klein, who marvelled at the exchange of the late Brian Epstein for another would-be manager of the same name.)
Her mother Louise died in a plane crash when she was 20 years old.
The 200th episode of "The Simpsons" (1989), "Trash of the Titans", was dedicated to her memory.
Is portrayed by Elizabeth Mitchell in The Linda McCartney Story (2000) (TV).
After her death, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) created the Linda McCartney Memorial Award in her honor.
Oscar and Grammy nominee for co-writing the theme song of Live and Let Die (1973) with her husband.
Actually found John Lennon the most appealing of the Beatles, when they first came on the scene, but liked Paul better in person after they'd met. (She and John got along adequately in private, but took occasional barbs at each other and their spouses, in the media.)
She was the only photographer invited to an outing with The Rolling Stones, and she boasted Eric Clapton as a sometime babysitter for daughter Heather McCartney.
Along with Paul McCartney and Denny Laine, performed with the group Wings through the 1970s.
Flirted with girl-group singing with school friends in the late 1950s, but didn't make anything of it.
Attended Sarah Lawrence College for a short time, a few years after Yoko Ono.
Mother-in-law of producer Alistair Donald and publisher Alasdhair Willis.
In the early 1960s, singers Jan Berry and Dean Torrence, aka Jan and Dean, had a hit song with "Linda". The song was actually written in 1944 by Jack Lawrence, and was about a friend's two-year-old daughter. Linda--who at the time was Linda Eastman--was that daughter.
Has a stunning amount in common with Yoko Ono, John Lennon's widow. Both women were raised in extremely wealthy environments. Both shunned relying on this wealth and attempted to make it on their own (McCartney as a photographer, Ono as an actress and artist), only to later be accused of marrying their husbands for their money despite their families' wealth. Both attended Sarah Lawrence College (at different times) and left without finishing degrees. Both married a frontman for the Beatles, and these weddings took place eight days apart in March 1969 (the McCartneys were first). Both women were pregnant at their weddings (Ono later suffered a miscarriage, McCartney later gave birth to Mary McCartney). Both had a daughter from a previous marriage. Both had mentally unstable former husbands (Ono's later kidnapped their daughter and took her to a fundamentalist Christian commune; McCartney's committed suicide in 2000). Both were accused of playing a major role in the Beatles' breakup. Both suffered personal attacks by fans and by the press. Both suffered attacks on their musical talent (particularly vocal) by fans and the press. Both were older than their husbands. Both were activists.