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Linda McCartney was a photographer who became widely known as the wife of Beatle Paul McCartney.
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In addition to her devotion to family, McCartney supported many social and environmental causes. A vegetarian, McCartney wrote several cookbooks and developed a successful line of frozen meat-free meals. She was also active member of PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Over the years, McCartney continued to express herself artistically. She published several books of her photographs, including Linda's Pictures (1976),
Sun Prints (1989), Linda McCartney's Sixties: Portrait of an Era (1992), and Roadworks (1996).
In 1995, McCartney discovered that she had breast cancer. She had surgery and many rounds of chemotherapy, but the cancer eventually spread to her liver. She spent her final days with her family at their ranch in Arizona. McCartney died on April 17, 1998. The family initially released a statement saying that she had died in Santa Barbara, California, to throw off the media so that they could have time to grieve privately. Memorial services were held in England as well as in California and New York.
Linda McCartney's legacy continues on through her art and charitable efforts. Open Wide: Photographs, a book of her work, was published a year after her death. The frozen food line she created is still selling vegetarian items in the United States and the United Kingdom.
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