Mary McCartney

Mary McCartney
Mary McCartney
Born Mary Anna McCartney
August 28, 1969 (1969-08-28) (age 42)
London, England, UK
Occupation Photographer

Alistair Donald (m. 1998-2007) (divorced)

Simon Aboud (m. 2010-present)
Children Arthur Alistair Donald, Elliot Donald, Simon Aboud and Sid Aboud.

Mary Anna McCartney (previously McCartney-Donald) is a photographer. The first biological child of rock photographer Linda Eastman McCartney and Paul McCartney of The Beatles, Mary was named after her paternal grandmother, Mary McCartney.[1]

Mary has an older half-sister named Heather McCartney (born Heather Louise See in 1962 to Linda and Joseph Melville See Jr.), who was adopted by Paul McCartney; a younger sister, Stella (born 1971); and a younger brother, James (born 1977). Mary's mother, Linda, died from breast cancer in 1998. Mary has a much younger half-sister, Beatrice Milly McCartney, born to her father and his second wife Heather Mills in 2003.

The most famous photograph of Mary McCartney was taken by her mother; it is a photograph of her as a baby, peeping out from inside her father's jacket. The photograph is featured on the back cover of her father's first solo album, McCartney (sometimes known as the "cherries" album).

After the birth of sister Stella, McCartney's parents formed the classic rock group Wings, with whom she and her siblings travelled the globe until 1980. She grew up to be a vegetarian and is passionate about animal rights like the rest of her family.[2][3]


Professional life

Following in the footsteps of her mother, McCartney became a professional photographer. She was photo editor for the music-book publisher Omnibus Press[4] and in 1992 began taking photographs professionally, specializing in portrait and fashion photography.[5] Because her paternal grandmother and her mother died after long bouts with breast cancer, she began campaigning for breast cancer awareness in the United Kingdom. As a result, she became close friends with Cherie Blair, wife of former UK prime minister Tony Blair. This led to McCartney being chosen to take the first official photo of the prime minister and his wife with their fourth child, Leo, born 20 May 2000.[3][5] Before this, the most well-known photos of hers were the last photographs taken of her mother, three weeks before her death.[6] McCartney has taken portraits of Sam Taylor-Wood, Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, and of her sister Stella, who is a fashion designer.

Her first public photography exhibition was titled Off Pointe: A Photographic Study of The Royal Ballet After Hours. It includes offstage pictures of members of The Royal Ballet as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe, and was meant to showcase the difference between their gruelling and often painful everyday lives and their storybook performances.[7]

In 2001, McCartney produced the television documentary Wingspan, a story of her father's post-Beatles musical career, focusing on her parents' band Wings. She also interviews her father in the film. In 2005 she was employed by former Spice Girl Melanie C to be the official photographer for her album Beautiful Intentions. Melanie C then asked Mary to direct the video for her single "Better Alone."

McCartney now runs the picture department at her father's company, MPL Communications.[6]

Personal life

In 1995, Mary McCartney's brother James introduced her to director and television producer Alistair Donald. After dating for three years, they set a wedding date for May 1998. Upon the death of her mother, the wedding was delayed and McCartney and Donald were married on 26 September 1998. On 3 April 1999, McCartney gave birth to Paul McCartney's first grandchild, Arthur Alistair Donald, making Paul the second Beatle grandfather (the first was Ringo Starr). The Donalds' second son, Elliot Donald, was born on 1 August 2002. For most of their married life, the couple lived in Lauderdale Mansions South in Maida Vale, London.

In April 2005, the couple announced their separation, but stated that the separation was only temporary and that they wished to reconcile for the sake of their two sons.[8] Although there was no public confirmation of a divorce, by 2007 she had dropped the surname Donald and returned to using her birth name professionally.

On 11 August 2008, Mary gave birth to Sam Aboud, her first child with director boyfriend Simon Aboud.[9] On 12 June 2010, McCartney and Aboud were married in a private ceremony in London at the Marylebone Register Office — the same location where her parents were wed in 1969.[10] Her children were in attendance, but the wedding was kept secret and her father and siblings were not present.[10]On 3 September 2011, Mary gave birth to her second son with Simon, Sid Aboud.


  1. ^ Miles 1998 p3-4
  2. ^ Peta's Animal Times. Autumn 2007. Page 3
  3. ^ a b IMDB bio
  4. ^ Miles, Barry; Andy Mabbett (1994). Pink Floyd the visual documentary ([Updated ed.] ed.). London :: Omnibus,. pp. [174] p. : ill. (some col.), facsims, ports (some col.) ; 29 cm. ISBN 0711941092. 
  5. ^ a b CAROLYN ASOME (2004-11-04). "Mary McCartney Donald: I wish I had a flat stomach". (London) Times Online.,,275-1342424,00.html. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 
  6. ^ a b "Life behind the lens: Mary McCartney". BBC News. 2000-05-23. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 
  7. ^ "Off Pointe by Mary McCartney Donald". 2004. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 
  8. ^ "Mary McCartney splits from husband". 2005-04-12. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 
  9. ^ "Mary McCartney Welcomes Third Son". 2008-08-16. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  10. ^ a b Simpson, Richard (2010-06-17). "Mary McCartney marries without even telling her father". London: Retrieved 2010-07-07. 

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