Heather Louise McCartney (born Heather Louise See; December 31, 1962) was born in Tucson, Arizona to Linda McCartney (née Eastman) and Joseph Melville See Jr., an American geologist. She is the adopted daughter of Paul McCartney.
McCartney's parents divorced after 18 months of marriage, because See had left for Africa and expected his wife and daughter to follow. Linda See refused, and sent a letter to her husband stating that she wanted a divorce, which was granted. After raising her daughter on her own in New York City for several years, Linda married Paul McCartney, of The Beatles, in 1969, when Heather was six years old. Also in 1969, Heather was formally adopted by Paul McCartney through legal process (and with 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.
A half-sister, Mary, was born in 1969, followed by another half-sister, Stella, in 1971 and a half-brother, James, in 1977. Heather has six nephews and two nieces: Mary's four sons Arthur Alistair Donald (born 3 April 1999), Elliot Donald (born 1 August 2002), Sam Aboud (born 11 August 2008) and Sid Aboud (born 3 Sept 2011); and Stella's two sons Miller Alasdhair James Willis (born 25 February 2005) and Beckett Robert Lee Willis (born January 8, 2008), and her two daughters Bailey Linda Olwyn Willis (born 8 December 2006) and Reiley Willis (born 23 November 2010).
Beginning shortly after Stella's 1971 birth, 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. She has said that, as a child, she had trouble forming friendships with other children and had difficulty fitting in; she has also said she did not do well in school.
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 Ilford for a photo she called "Waterfall." Her success encouraged her to go on to art college, where she discovered a talent for pottery and design.
In her twenties, Heather McCartney was hospitalized in a clinic for treatment of an emotional disorder. A few years after her release, she traveled to Mexico with very little money and spent several months living among natives of the Huichol and Tarahumara tribes. She felt liberated by this experience.
Later, McCartney moved to Arizona to live with See, where she became even more interested in ceramics. She later returned to England to work as a potter. Her pottery is now famous and critically acclaimed in the United Kingdom.
McCartney remains a prominent potter and designer, with exhibitions in New York City, Phoenix, Tokyo, Paris, and Sydney, and has been described by Wedgewood as "one of Britain's most exciting new talents." In 1999, in Atlanta, Georgia, and accompanied by her adoptive father, McCartney unveiled a line of houseware products, the Heather McCartney Houseware Collection.
Heather McCartney lives on Paul McCartney's estate in Sussex, England, where she maintains a low profile and continues to work as a potter.
- Heather McCartney at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview with Heather McCartney, The Daily Telegraph; February 6th, 1999
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