An overview of the life and career of Linda McCartney
Linda Louise Eastman is born on 24th September 1941, Scarsdale, New York
Graduates from Scarsdale High School, New York
Enrols at Sarah Lawrence College and then later the University of Arizona to major in Art History.
Daughter Heather is born
Moves to New York and is employed by 'Town & Country' magazine as their Editorial Assistant
Shoots The Rolling Stones for 'Town & Country' magazine on the Hudson River in New York
Voted US Female Photographer of the Year
Photographs Jimi Hendrix at Rheingold Festival, Central Park.
Travels to London and photographs The Beatles at the album press launch of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Travels to San Francisco to shoot Big Brother and the Holding Company for Mademoiselle magazine. The first of many occasions Linda will photograph Janis Joplin.
Photographs Neil Young. The picture is later used as cover art for Young’s Sugar Mountain: Live At Canterbury House 1968.
Linda becomes the first female photographer to have her work featured on the cover of 'Rolling Stone' with her photo of Eric Clapton
Linda is hired as the house photographer for the Fillmore East. Big Brother, Albert King and Tim Buckley all play the opening concert.
During her time at the Fillmore East Linda also photographs The Who, The Doors and The Animals, among many others.
Photographs The Beatles during the White Album recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios, London.
Linda is commissioned by Life magazine to take a colour photograph of Jim Morrison for their cover. Martin Luther King is killed two weeks later, and so Linda’s photograph of Jim never made the front page.
Moves to London.
Linda marries Paul McCartney in London on 12th March
Daughter Mary is born.
Linda photographs The Beatles during recording sessions for their album Abbey Road and takes behind-the-scenes photographs at their cover shoot.
Photographs cover of The Beatles single ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’ / ‘Old Brown Shoe’.
Linda is photographed by Penati for the May issue of American Vogue.
Appears in the music video for ‘Something’ by The Beatles.
Moves to Scotland.
Linda and Paul appear on cover of Life magazine alongside daughters Heather and Mary McCartney.
Linda’s photographs are used in the McCartney album artwork. Her vocals feature on the album and Paul dedicates his song ‘The Lovely Linda’ to her.
Linda photographs Paul for the cover of 'Rolling Stone' magazine
Linda and Paul appear for a second time on the cover of ‘Life’ magazine
Daughter Stella is born.
RAM – Linda’s first studio album with Paul – is released. The album cover features a photograph taken by Linda in Scotland.
The band Wings is formed with Linda on vocals and keyboard.
Wings’ first studio album Wild Life is released.
Linda and the band play to eleven universities in the UK as part of the ‘Wings University Tour’
'Red Rose Speedway' is released using one of Linda’s photographs as the album cover
Linda appears with Paul on the cover of 'Rolling Stone'. Linda is the first person to have both photographed the magazine cover and also had her portrait taken for the cover
Linda and the band travel across Europe, Australia, the USA and Canada as part of the 'Wings Over The World' tour
Linda's first photography book 'Linda’s Pictures: A Collection of Photographs' is published
Linda photographs the cover of Wings At The Speed Of Sound. Linda’s track ‘Cook of the House’ features on the album.
Linda continues to travel with the band Wings as they embark on their ‘Wings Over America’ tour.
Linda photographs extensively during this period – from the band recording to documenting her travels around the USA.
Linda's first solo photographic exhibition 'Linda's Pictures' opens at the Jan Baum & Iris Silverman Gallery in Los Angeles
Son James is born.
Linda’s single ‘Seaside Woman’ is released under the moniker of Suzy And The Red Stripes.
Wings’ single ‘Mull Of Kintyre’ is released and becomes the first single in UK history to sell over two million copies nationwide.
Linda photographs the album artwork for 'London Town'
Wings’ album 'Back To The Egg' is released
Animator Oscar Grillo creates a cartoon short film of Linda’s song ‘Seaside Woman’, which goes on to win the Short Film Palme d’Or at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival
Wings break up
Linda’s second photo book 'Linda’s Photographs' is published
Her photograph of Paul features on the cover of Paul’s album Tug of War.
Linda photographs the cover of Michael Jackson’s single ‘The Girl Is Mine’, which features Paul McCartney.
Linda photographs the cover of Paul’s 'Pipes of Peace' album
Linda and Paul are photographed on the cover of 'Press To Play' by George Hurrell
A second version of Linda’s 'Seaside Woman' is released
Linda’s first major exhibition, 'Linda McCartney', is shown at the Royal Photographic Society in Bath, England
Linda receives the Distinguished Photographers Award from 'Women In Photography'
Linda, having experimented with 19th Century photographic techniques, dedicates a photo book to her cyanotypes and salt prints entitled 'Sun Prints'
A Sun Prints exhibition opens at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Linda appears in British TV comedy Bread.
Linda’s cibrachrome prints are exhibited at Mayor Gallery, London. A photograph from the exhibition becomes the cover artwork for Paul’s album 'Flowers in the Dirt'
Linda’s first vegetarian cookbook, Linda McCartney’s Home Cooking, is published.
Linda is recognised as a pioneer of vegetarian food in the United Kingdom and beyond.
Light Lunches, Linda’s second cookery book is published.
Linda McCartney Foods is launched. Linda promotes the brand on ‘Good Morning Britain’
Linda's renowned photo book 'Sixties: Portrait of an Era' is published, with commentary throughout the book on each photographic session
A Linda focused documentary Behind the Lens is aired on BBC 2. It follows Linda photographing the streets of New York and a market in the East End of London. Linda is interviewed about her photography as are some of her friends and peers, such as Brian Clarke and Hazel Archer.
A travelling exhibition accompanies the release of ‘Sixties: Portrait of an Era’, which travels to California, San Francisco, San Diego, New York, England, Canada, Germany, Slovenia, Puerto Rico and Japan until 2007.
Main Courses, Linda’s third cookery book is published.
Linda collaborates with Sue Timney-Folwer on a ‘National Perspective Collaboration’ making ethical scarves printed with Linda’s photographs
'Roadworks', a photo book focusing mainly on Linda’s work taken on the street or from a car window, is published
'Behind the Lens' wins a CableACE Award in the ‘International Cultural Performing Arts/ Theatre/ Musical or Series’ category at the American Cable Awards
Linda is diagnosed with breast cancer.
Paul and Linda appear on an episode of The Simpsons called ‘Lisa the Vegetarian’.
The Linda McCartney Foods factory opens in Fakenham, England.
A touring exhibition of 'Roadworks' opens simultaneously at both the International Center of Photography, New York and at The National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford, England
Linda collaborates with artist Brian Clarke, combining her photography with his stained glass technique
Musée Suisse du Vitrail, Switzerland exhibits Brian and Linda’s unique works of art.
Roadworks is exhibited at The Butler Institute, Ohio, USA and goes on to travel to Germany and Japan.
Linda photographs Paul for the cover of his Flaming Pie album and features on the album herself.
Linda passes away from breast cancer, 17th April 1998
Wide Prairie, the posthumous solo album from Linda McCartney, was compiled by Paul after Linda’s tragic death.
Among its 16 tracks are 13 original songs written by Linda and three cover versions.
The music video to accompany Wide Prairie premieres posthumously at Edinburgh Film Festival.
Wide Open a photography exhibition is held at Bonni Benrubi, New York. Bonni Benrubi worked on the exhibition, and accompanying book, with Linda and they chose to focus on the openness and freedom found in her work as well as her mastery of different photographic techniques from photogravure still lifes, platinum print landscapes to Polaroid transfers.
The cookery book Linda McCartney On Tour is published.