Happy 71st birthday Paul ! Remember, all you need is love ! :D
Nancy's graduation photo in the 1977 yearbook of her Edison, New Jersey school. She was 17 at the time.
''The black-and-white photograph shows that the Nancy Shevell has not only improved with age, but has possibly had cosmetic surgery to straighten her nose. It appears also that Nancy Shevell have had her teeth straightened and possibly veneered, giving her the smile she has today. On the high school yearbook she listed her interests as skiing and flying. Nancy Shevell was born in November 1960 to Myron and Arlene Shevell with a brother Jon and sister Susan in Edison, New Jersey. Her father, Myron Shevell is a head of a trucking firm, New England Motor Freight. Nancy Shevell graduated and was accepted at Arizona State University, where she majored in transportation, and was the only woman to do so at the time. During her Arizona University studies she met her ex-husband, attorney Bruce Blakeman, with whom she has a son, Arlen, 19. Nancy Shevell is a member of the board of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority as well as vice president of a family-owned transportation conglomerate which owns New England Motor Freight. Nancy Shevell and Paul McCartney have a combined fortune of over $1 billion. Nancy Shevell, 51, is the third wife of Sir Paul McCartney. The New York millionairess started dating Paul McCartney in November 2007 and it was announced on 6 May 2011 that the two had become engaged. Nancy Shevell and Linda McCartney, Paul’s first wife, were pals. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 30s, around the time Linda was losing her battle. The two women became then close friends. Nancy Shevell is a breast cancer survivor. Nancy and her ex-husband Bruce Blakeman knew Paul McCartney, his wife Linda and the children when they visited the Hamptons where Linda had family''. (Belle News)
Fall 2011, Arriving at the premiere of Living in the Material World, a documentary based on George's life and directed by Martin Scorsese. Pattie & Ronnie, are you together or what? n.b. Pattie had a brief affair with Ronnie in 1973, while still married to George.
Sir Paul McCartney proposes to girlfriend Nancy Shevell
by Tom Bryant, Daily Mirror
Sir Paul McCartney is to marry for the third time, telling friends: ''I couldn’t be happier.'' The pop legend, 68, has proposed to New York heiress Nancy Shevell, 51, after a ''wonderful'' four-year romance. A friend said: ''They’re head over heels in love and make a perfect couple.'' His first marriage ended in tragedy, the second in a bitter and costly divorce.
But Sir Paul McCartney has never given up on romance.
Now the 68-year-old former Beatle, who recently confessed, ''I just love being in love'', plans to take the plunge again. He has proposed to American heiress Nancy Shevell, 51, after what he described as ''four truly wonderful years together''. Romantic Paul is said to have got down on one knee in New York last weekend to pop the question – and present her with a diamond ring. A close friend said: ''She said yes immediately – it was a complete no-brainer. The pair of them are head over heels in love and plan to wed as soon as possible.''Paul’s children are absolutely delighted for him.'' The couple were all smiles when they were seen together at a the Met Ball in New York earlier this week. The friend added: ''Nancy chose not to wear the ring because they’d only told a few friends and family and didn’t want it to become public knowledge too soon.'' Nancy and Paul, worth an estimated £495million, have not yet set a date for the wedding. Insiders do not believe they will sign a pre-nup – particularly as Nancy is an heir to a £250million fortune from her family’s freight and transport business. Last night a spokesman for Sir Paul confirmed the news, saying simply: ''It’s true.'' Paul’s brother Michael, 67, said: ''It’s a surprise to me – but it’s wonderful.'' Nancy is said to get on well with Paul’s children – Heather, 48, Mary, 41, Stella, 39, James, 33, and Beatrice, seven. Fashion designer Stella, in particular, is said to have given Nancy her seal of approval. Sir Paul married first wife Linda in 1969. He was devastated when she died of breast cancer in 1998. He wed former model Heather Mills in 2002. They separated in May 2006 and were divorced in 2008 after an acrimonious court battle and £24million settlement. Divorcee Nancy has been nicknamed Jackie O by Paul’s children because they reckon she looks a bit like Jacqueline Onassis. She and former husband Bruce Blakeman have a son Arlen, who is at university. Like Linda with whom she was close friends, Nancy has also battled breast cancer. Friends have been desperate for Sir Paul to find love again after his ''hellish'' marriage to Mills. One said: ''Nancy makes him so happy and the entire family love her so much.''
WHO IS THE MOST ATTRACTIVE BEATLE GIRL ?
& WHY ?
(Maureen, Pattie, Cynthia, Jane, Barbara, Olivia, Linda, Yoko, Chris O'Dell, Nancy Shevell, Nancy Andrews, Heather Mills, Dot Rhone, Astrid Kirchherr, May Pang, Shelley Duval, Lynsey De Paul, Maggie McGivern, Francie Schwartz, etc.)
Photo from Tribute to Maureen Starr Yahoo ! Group.
My list (with the 8 main wives, girlfriends) would be :
My list (with the 8 main wives, girlfriends) would be :
The women at the Beatles' sides
Cynthia Lennon, Jane Asher, Pattie Boyd, Yoko Ono and Linda Eastman were among girlfriends, wives and inspirations
In the 1950s, the four lads who would become the Beatles were just typical teenagers. Len Garry of John Lennon’s group the Quarrymen recalls Lennon and McCartney as ordinary young men, courting “birds”, in a world where heavy petting could lead to betrothal.
Then came Hamburg, and what Lennon called “sexual awakening”. Certainly, there was a lot of casual sex in the Beatles’ early days, but Hamburg also offered a glimpse of artier things to come. It was there that Astrid Kirchherr, paramour of the then Beatles bassist Stuart Sutcliffe, was the queen of the “exis” — the hip existentialists — and, vitally, influenced the group to change their hairstyle from duck’s arse to moptop.
Back in Britain, the Cavern days set up a limitless Liverpudlian version of La Ronde, with the Beatles women providing a parallel intrigue. McCartney’s Liver birds included Dot Rhone, who later complained that he insisted she dye her hair blonde and wear fishnet stockings. “At that time, everyone was trying to turn their girlfriend into a bargain-basement Bardot,” McCartney would recall.
Cynthia Powell, the first Beatle wife, was similarly Bardot-ised by Lennon. She and John met at Liverpool Art College and married when the Beatles were on the cusp of fame. “When John and I fell in love we were students,” she recalls. “I was 19 and John was 18. As the Beatles were gaining popularity, Paul, Ringo and George did not have regular girlfriends.” When the Beatles played The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, the legend “Sorry girls, he’s married!” flashed up over Lennon’s TV image.
For McCartney, it was the 17-year-old actress Jane Asher, whom he met in 1963, who gave expression to his search for status. In 1964, Harrison met the model and his future wife Pattie Boyd on the set of A Hard Day’s Night. Then, in 1965, Ringo married a Cavern regular, Maureen Cox, who was 18 and pregnant. The era of the “birds” was over, and their romantic lives, which their manager Brian Epstein had assiduously kept secret, emerged.
Boyd and Asher were southerners to Cox and Powell’s Scouse, but they all shared one great quality: independence. “The first wives didn’t set foot into Beatles territory,” says Tony Bramwell, the band’s ex-road manager. “They shopped, looked after children, did their thing.” Powell recalls the solidarity of the four women, and a “mix that worked beautifully… a fascinating blend of personalities. Two from the north and two from the south, plus four tightly knit characters/musicians/comedians.”
Asher prefigured McCartney’s position as the culturally pioneering Beatle, and as with art, so with women: McCartney was engaged to Asher, but still slept around and dated the singer Julie Felix and the model Maggie McGivern. After Asher, McCartney saw a string of bohemian lovers, including Francie Schwartz, who, at 23, went to see the Beatles on the grounds of making a movie, and ended up singing “na-na” on Hey Jude.
In 1967, Pattie Boyd influenced the Beatles’ spiritual direction after she suggested they went to a lecture by the guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. But Harrison’s second wife, Olivia Trinidad Arias, was his strength and his abiding love. In 1999 she bravely fought with an intruder who stabbed Harrison in their Henley home, and she was at his side when he died from cancer two years later.
After Ringo’s marriage to Cox, he dated the actresses Shelley Duvall, Nancy Andrews and Stephanie La Motta, and the singer Lynsey de Paul. In 1981 he married Barbara Bach, once a Bond girl and now a psychologist. It was an uncontentious coupling compared with those of John and Yoko and Paul and Linda. The animus towards Ono as the destroyer of the Beatles still exercises observers such as Bramwell, who is writing a book about the era. “I don’t like the unhappiness she caused. She was horrible.” Yoko started almost as a stalker. “John wanted to avoid her at first. He said,
‘Get rid of the bloody woman!’ But after India, he saw her differently — perhaps filtered through an exotic mindset.”
Did Ono’s cultural influence outweigh her status as the fans’ most hated? She certainly served both as co-artist and muse: The Ballad of John and Yoko was about a kind of elopement, and of all the wives’ contributions, it was arguably the most meaningful. The musical duties of the Beatle Wags still exercises the Beatle-ologists: on Birthday, Pattie and Yoko contributed backing vocals. Cox sang on The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill, Boyd on Yellow Submarine and more.
Anti-Yoko sentiment has engendered a curious solidarity: Bramwell says Cynthia and May Pang both hated her. Ah, May Pang: Lennon’s girlfriend at the time of the “lost weekend”. “She’s delicious,” says Bramwell. “She was just a secretary at Apple. As for the ‘lost weekend’, it was a year of boozing in LA.” Similarly, Linda Eastman was hated by the fans at first, yet Paul and Linda became one of rock’s most enduring love stories, with her death eclipsing even her derided backing role in Wings. Heather Mills, in turn, was the butt of revulsion. Now McCartney is alone in keeping the Beatles’ Wags story afloat, and it looks as if his current girlfriend, Nancy Shevell, an heiress, will be uncontroversial. “I doubt he’ll go for the limelight,” says Bramwell, adding that, as a millionaire herself, she will have no reason to relieve him of a fortunes.
The Sunday Times
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