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Sunday, April 19, 1998 Published at 20:01 GMT 21:01 UK


Obituary: Linda McCartney

Linda, far right, with her family who lived in New York

In 1969, millions of girls and women throughout the world had their hearts broken when Paul McCartney married.

His bride, Linda Eastman, went on to build her own reputation as a photographer, musician and businesswoman.

[ image: Mick Jagger and Linda]
Mick Jagger and Linda
Lady Linda, as she would later become, was born in 1942 in New York, USA. Her father was a successful lawyer and Linda was educated at the prestigious Scarsdale High School.

After leaving school, she became a photographer and captured some of the most illustrious rock stars of the 1960s, including the Rolling Stones.

On a trip to London in 1967 she photographed the Beatles, fell in love with Paul McCartney, the bassist, singer and co-writer of the majority of the Beatles songs. She married him two years later.

[ image: Paul and Linda in Wings in the 1970s]
Paul and Linda in Wings in the 1970s
Linda McCartney introduced her husband and many Britons to vegetarianism. She said she did not eat anything with a face.

After the Beatles split up in 1970, Paul McCartney brought her into his new band, Wings, where she sang and played keyboards.

Critics at the time derided her involvement as a form of nepotism but the group's back-catalogue continues to contribute to the position of Sir Paul McCartney as one of Britain's richest people.

[ image: Linda's branded foods made her fortune]
Linda's branded foods made her fortune
Lady Linda's vegetarianism proved a business success. Her own range of food products, marketed in the 1990s, made her a millionaire in her own right.

The couple had three children, Mary, Stella and James. Linda also had a daughter Heather from a previous marriage.

Stella McCartney has achieved fame in her own right as a fashion designer and more recently a member of the UK Government's 2000 committee, which is seeking to promote Britain around the world.

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