On Sunday, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney walked down the isle with American trucking heiress Nancy Shevell in 45-minute civil ceremony.
The couple were both outfitted by McCartney’s fashion designer daughter Stella. The groom wore a blue suit. The bride donned a white dress and had white flowers in her hair.
The only other living Beatle, Ringo Starr, was present. Also in attendance was George Harrison’s widow Olivia. No doubt there in spirit, was John Lennon, whose 71st birthday happened to fall on this happy occasion.
Hundreds of well wishers gathered outside Marylebourn Town Hall, cheered and showered the happy couple with confetti.
McCartney and Shevell got engaged in May. It the third wedding for McCartney. His first wife Linda died of breast cancer in 1998 at the age of 56. His divorce from second wife Heather Mills in 2008, after four years of marriage and the birth of a daughter, ended bitterly.
Shevell, 51, a second cousin to Barbara Walters, was previously married to lawyer Bruce Blakeman, who unsuccessfully ran for a New York Senate seat against Democrat Kristin Gillibrand in 2010. The two have a 19 year own son.
Shevell is an executive at her father’s company New Jersey Motor Fright, which has annual revenues of $400 million.
A party followed at McCartney’s home and there was not one, but two, wedding cakes; one traditional and one vegan.
On Oct. 3, McCartney told People magazine, “It’s a good time for me. I’m happy.”
Paul McCartney is in the process of putting two new films on his resume.
The first is The Love We Make, a documentary on McCartney’s experience in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and leading up to The Concert for New York City. Paul was in a plane on the tarmac in New York when the attacks took place. He was forced to stay in the city with the film chronicling his experiences on the streets that day and the planning and performance of the benefit concert.
McCartney said of the concert, “It was an honor to be able to help New York and America at that time in its history. There was a feeling of shock and fear in the air that I thought we could help alleviate with music. And the fact that so many people stepped up to join us made for a very uplifting evening for us all.”
The film was directed by Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens) and Bradley Kaplan (Get Your Ya-Ya’s Out!) and also includes such luminaries as David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Jay Z, Billy Joel, Elton John and more.
The Love We Make will debut on Showtime September 10, the night before the tenth anniversary of the attack.
In addition, Roger Friedman’s Showbiz 411 is reporting that Unique Films is working on an animated adaptation of McCartney’s 2005 children’s book High in the Clouds. Little more is know about the production other than the fact that Paul has already written a number of songs for the film.
The Beatles legend insists he has not yet been approached to sing at the London Games next summer but is willing to be involved if he is asked.
Asked by Absolute Radio Hometime DJ Geoff Lloyd if he has been approached to take part, he said: “I’ve no idea about that. Have they asked me? No, well I met a man who knew a man.
“They don’t ask me to do everything. I haven’t heard anything about that just yet.
“I’m not looking coy, but, you know, I’m working on it.
“Well, you know, its Olympic, very good running, very good jumping, very good swimming and all that. That’s the basis, you know, and if they’re interested in that I could think of doing it.”
Paul received a knighthood in 1997 for services to music and can’t understand why his former bandmate Ringo Starr ‘ the only other remaining surviving member of the group ‘ has not received a similar honour from Queen Elizabeth, and jokingly claimed he will ask the British monarch why his friend has been snubbed.
He said: “Don’t look at me. I do know the queen, I do know her, but last time I went by she was out.
“The flag wasn’t flying otherwise I would have popped in and said ‘Look, love, Sir Richard Starkey’.
“It’s got a ring to it. And he’s got lots of rings. You see, well, I don’t know, I’ll try and pop in because I do think it’s about time.”
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