- Heather McCartney
Heather Louise McCartney (née See) (born on
December 31 1962in Tucson, Arizona), is the biological daughter of Linda McCartney (née Eastman) and Joseph Melville See Jr., an American geologist.
McCartney's parents divorced after only eighteen months of marriage, because See had taken off for
Africaand expected his wife and daughter to follow. Linda See refused, and sent a letter to her husband stating that she wanted a divorce. After raising her daughter on her own in New York Cityfor several years, Linda McCartney married Paul McCartneyof The Beatlesin 1969, when her daughter was six years old. That same year, she was formally adopted by Paul McCartney through legal process (and prior consent from See, her biological father) and took the McCartney name. Also in 1969, McCartney appeared in the last Beatles movie, "Let It Be". She has stated that although See had a lifelong influence on her, she considers Paul McCartney to be her father. [http://www.geocities.com/beatlechildren2/quotes.html]
A sister, Mary, was born in 1969, followed by another sister, Stella, in 1971 and a brother, James, in 1977. Heather's former stepmother
Heather Millsis five years younger than she. She has a much younger half-sister, Beatrice Milly McCartney, born to Paul McCartney and Heather Mills on October 28, 2003. She has five nephews and one niece: Mary's three sons Arthur Alistair Donald (born 3 April 1999), Elliot Donald (born 1 August 2002) and Sam Aboud (born 3 August 2008). Stella's two sons Miller Alasdhair James Willis (born 25 February 2005) and Beckett Robert Lee (born January 8 2008, and her daughter Bailey Linda Olwyn Willis (born 8 December 2006).
Beginning shortly after the birth of Stella in 1971, McCartney and her siblings accompanied their famous parents around the world with their successful rock group Wings. This continued until 1980 when the band stopped touring. As a child, she had trouble forming friendships with other children. She did not do well in school and had difficulty fitting in. [http://www.jibboo.com/beatlekidsbb/_beatlekids/0000017d.htm Heather McCartney Interview! ] ]
With encouragement from her mother, she took up printing at the Photographers' Workshop in
Covent Garden, and was talented enough to win the Young Black and White Printer of the Year Award in Ilfordfor a photo she called "Waterfall." Her success encouraged her to go on to art college, where she discovered a talent for potteryand design.
During the early 1980s, Heather McCartney dated musician
In her twenties, Heather McCartney was hospitalized in a clinic for treatment of an emotional disorder. A few years after her release, she travelled to
Mexicowith very little money and spent several months living among natives of the Huicholand Tarahumaratribes. She felt liberated by this experience.
Later, McCartney moved to
Arizonato live with See, where she became even more interested in ceramics. She later returned to Englandto work as a potter. Her pottery is now famous and critically acclaimed in the United Kingdom.
In 1995, McCartney's mother Linda was diagnosed with
breast cancerand died on April 17, 1998, in Tucson, Arizona.
To date, McCartney remains a prominent potter and designer, with exhibitions in New York City, Phoenix,
Tokyo, Parisand Sydney, and has been described by Wedgewood as "one of Britain's most exciting new talents." [ [http://famous.adoption.com/famous/mccartney-heather.html McCartney, Heather ] ] In 1999, Heather unveiled a line of houseware products in Atlanta, Georgiacalled the Heather McCartney Houseware Collection. She was accompanied by Paul McCartney.
In line with the beliefs of her parents, and siblings, Heather has interests in
ecology, animal rightsand native peoples.
Currently, Heather McCartney lives on Paul McCartney's
Sussexestate in England, where she maintains a low profile and continues to work as a potter.
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* [http://www.jibboo.com/beatlekidsbb/_beatlekids/0000017d.htm Interview with Heather McCartney, "The Daily Telegraph"; February 6th, 1999]
* [http://members.fortunecity.com/jlennongrrl/heathermccartney/heather_mccartney.htm Photographs of Heather McCartney]
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