|Born||Heather Louise See
December 31, 1962
Tucson, Arizona, United States
|Parent(s)||Joseph Melville See Jr.
(biological father; deceased)
|Relatives||Mary McCartney (maternal half-sister)
Stella McCartney (maternal half-sister)
James McCartney (maternal half-brother)
Beatrice McCartney (stepsister)
McCartney was born in Tucson, Arizona to Linda Eastman (later McCartney) and Joseph Melville See Jr. (1938-2000), an American geologist. Her parents separated after eighteen months of marriage, with her mother marrying Paul McCartney in 1969 when Heather was six years old. During this time Heather was formally adopted by McCartney, also making an appearance in the Beatles film Let It Be. A sister, Mary, was born in 1969, followed by another sister, Stella, in 1971 and a brother, James, in 1977. She has said that although See had a lifelong influence on her, she considers Paul McCartney to be her father.
McCartney began showing an interest in art, taking up printing at the Photographers' Workshop in Covent Garden and winning the Young Black and White Printer of the Year Award in Ilford for a photo she called "Waterfall". She later went on to art college, where she focused on pottery and design. McCartney was hospitalized briefly in her twenties for treatment of an emotional disorder and traveled to Mexico a few years after being released, where she lived among natives of the Huichol and Tarahumara tribes. McCartney later moved to Arizona to live with her biological father and eventually returned to England to work as a potter.
In line with the beliefs of her parents and half-siblings, she is a vegetarian and is passionate about animal rights.
- "McCartney's girl plots pot success". BBC. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
- Sounes, Howard (2010). Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney. Da Capo Press. pp. 381–382. ISBN 0306817837.
- "NOT PAUL BUT HEATHER: BEATLE'S STEPDAUGHTER HAS HOUSEWARES TO SELL". Charlotte Observer. February 20, 1999. Retrieved 31 December 2012.