Linda McCartney

(Maiden Name: Linda Louise Eastman)

Years of her Life

Born September 24th, 1941 in New York City, New York.

Died on April 17th, 1998 in Tuscan, Arizona due to Breast Cancer at the age of 56.

Education and Family Life

  • Daughter of Leopold Vail Epstein (Lee Eastman) and Louise Sara (Lidner) Eastman.
  • The second-eldest of her parents four children: Older brother John. and two younger sisters, Laura and Louise.
  • Graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1959 and received her Associate of Arts degree from Vermont College in 1961.
  • Attended the University of Arizona where she majored in the fine arts.
  • Once her mother died in the 1962 crash of American Airlines Flight 1 in Queens, she did not care for travelling by air and took up nature photography as a hobby.

Her Photography Journey and Successes

  • In 1962 she moved to Manhattan, New York with her daughter Heather after divorcing her husband Melville See after Linda's mother died.
  • Her mother gave her money to live off of and a numerous amount of valuable paintings.
  • Found a job in 1965 as a receptionist and editorial assistant for Town and Country Magazine. Here she had a love fling with David Dalton where she picked up some of her photography skills. Dalton was amazed by how well she controlled unruly musicians.
  • When she was chosen to take photos of the Rolling Stones, she realized her passion for taking pictures for her work.
  • Because of her photography skills, she was allowed backstage at Shea Stadium where she met her future husband Paul McCartney.
  • Was able to photograph many other artists because of this and got an award/recognition for being the first woman to have a photograph featured on the front cover of the Rolling Stone Magazine.
  • Later on she had her photographs that were exhibited in more than 50 international galleries. One of which being at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

About her work:

  • "I don't need a lot of money. Simplicity is the answer for me." - Linda McCartney. A quote when McCartney had to answer a question about why she chose to be a photographer.
  • "My mom became quite close with the people who she photographed. ... I remember Mom saying she felt quite bad for Janis Joplin because she thought that she was a lovely girl but she just was really insecure and had to drink so much to get herself onstage," -Mary McCartney when asked about her mothers work.
  • I personally appreciate Linda's photography because she captures people's true personality.

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