Photographer, activist, cook, singer, and musician, Linda McCartney would have been 70 this past Saturday, September 24th. Born Linda Louise Eastman in New York in 1941 to a wealthy family, Linda studied fine arts at the University of Arizona. She would return to New York and become one of the leading music photographers of the late ’60s. Linda was the first woman to have a portrait on the cover of Rolling Stone when the magazine used her photo of [mp3com-artist]Eric Clapton[/mp3com-artist] on May 11th, 1968.
Linda met [mp3com-artist]Paul McCartney[/mp3com-artist] at a London club in 1967, kicking off a 31-year relationship that lasted until her death from breast cancer in April 1998 at age 56.
During her time with Paul, she continued to take photos, played with him in Wings and became an animal-rights activist and vegetarian. She even had her own line of cookbooks and frozen meals. She would have three more children with Paul — Mary, Stella and James. She also had a daughter named Heather in 1962 with her first husband Joseph Melvin See Junior.