Category: Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney: His might be the cutest Beatles star in Hollywood

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — finally. And, boy, is it a cutie.

Though he's been on the walk already as a member of the Beatles, McCartney on Thursday became the final member of the band to be honored with an individual star, and hundreds of fans turned out to help him enjoy the moment, according to Pop & Hiss, which was on hand at the event.

With his new wife, Nancy Shevell, on hand, the cute Beatle heard words from fellow musician Neil Young, who described first hearing the band's music when he was in high school.

"I loved the Beatles, and I tried to learn how to play like them, and no one could figure out what Paul was doing on the bass," Young said. "Not only was he playing differently because he plays left-handed, he played notes that no one had put together before — in a way that made us stand in awe of this great musician."

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Also spotted at the event: Elvis Costello, Herbie Hancock, Dave Koz, Diana Krall, Jeff Lynne and Joe Walsh.

McCartney wrapped up his own comments by telling people "around the world that I send you all hugs and kisses on the bottom." Lest the man be misunderstood, we're pleased to inform you that his newest album, "Kisses on the Bottom," came out Tuesday.

McCartney's star is lined up alongside those of his fellow Beatles, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, on the east side of the 1700 block of Vine Street outside Capitol Records. The ceremony was, incidentally, held two years to the day from when Starr was honored in 2010 and on the 48th anniversary of the Beatles' debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

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Top photo: Paul McCartney takes a moment after the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday. Credit: Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty Images.

Bottom photo: Paul McCartney acknowledges the crowd as he arrives for star dedication. Credit: Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times.

Paul McCartney, Nancy Shevell are married -- let it be!

Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell are married

Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell were married Sunday in a low-key ceremony that had far more in common with the Cute Beatle's first wedding than his lavish second.

McCartney, 69, and Shevell, 51, tied the knot at London's Old Marylebone Town Hall, officially known as the Westminster Register Office.

"I feel married," the groom told reporters on his way out of the building Sunday after the civil ceremony. "I feel absolutely wonderful.”

The register's office is the spot where McCartney and Linda Eastman wed in 1969, beginning a union that lasted through three children and a knighthood, until her death in 1998. Another connection to the past: Sunday would have been fellow Beatle John Lennon's 71st birthday.

Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach, were at the ceremony, as were George Harrison's widow, Olivia, and -- of all people! -- Barbara Walters, the Shevell cousin who had a hand in bringing the bride and groom together in the Hamptons in 2007. Brother Mike McCartney was the best man.

"Going away for a big weekend," Walters had teased Friday on Twitter. "Will tell you more when I get back." She kept to her word, commenting Monday on the "wonderful family wedding of Nancy and @PaulMcCartney. Loved being there." That was it for details from Barbara -- until she spills more on "The View" on Tuesday.

The bride wore a dress by McCartney -- Stella McCartney, that is, the groom's designer daughter. And McCartney wore McCartney as well. Another daughter, 7-year-old Beatrice (she turns 8 this month!) was the flower girl. About 120 guests, including '60s it girl Twiggy and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, gathered at Paul's St. John's Wood home for the reception, where, according to the New York Post, he performed an original tune he'd spun up for his bride, along with one of her favorite songs: a little ditty called "Let It Be."

Mark Ronson deejayed the party, where grownups dined on vegetarian fare, including savory tarts, polenta, gyozas and more, Us Weekly said. The younger set had their own entertainment, including spinning plates, french fries and an early out courtesy of a small bus that left around 8:30 p.m.

For those keeping track, McCartney's simple first marriage had much better results than the extravagant 2002 affair in an Irish castle that saw him wed Heather Mills. At the time, friends and family had worried that Sir Paul was rushing into things in the wake of Linda's death. Only a few years later, it cost McCartney in the neighborhood of $50 million to settle his divorce.

But it seems to be a different story with Shevell: "The rest of the family love her and are thrilled she's made their dad so happy," a source told Britain's the Sun ahead of the ceremony.

New Yorker Shevell has a job of her own, holding down a vice president gig at a New Jersey-based transportation company run by her father. That company is valued in the nine-figure range, and Shevell has also been on the board of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

McCartney and Shevell announced their engagement in May. This will be her second marriage; he has a son, two daughters and a stepdaughter from his first marriage, and one daughter with Mills.

The newlyweds plan to hold a second ceremony and reception in the Hamptons this week, but not before the groom on Monday announced 11 additional dates for his "On the Run" world tour, which will wrap up Dec. 20 in Liverpool.


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Photo: Nancy Shevell and Paul McCartney are showered with rose petals by family and friends, including Barbara Walters, left, as they leave London's Old Marylebone Town Hall after their wedding Sunday. Credit: Lefteris Pitarakis / Associated Press

Paul McCartney, Nancy Shevell post notice of intent to marry

Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell

This post has been corrected, as detailed below.

Paul McCartney and fiancee Nancy Shevell have posted notice of their intent to marry, at the same central London spot where the Beatle married his first wife in 1969.

McCartney, 69, and American Shevell, 51, posted wedding banns Wednesday at the Westminster Register Office, a.k.a. Old Marylebone Town Hall. They must wait 16 days after posting the marriage banns, then they have a year from that "go" date to get the civil ceremony done. 

It's a second marriage for Shevell, an executive at a transportation company based in New Jersey who's also been on the board of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority. McCartney in 1969 married Linda Eastman, who died of breast cancer in 1998. He and Heather Mills wed in 2002, then split in 2008 with an acrimonious divorce that included a court-ordered settlement of nearly $50 million. 

On the banns posted Wednesday, McCartney gave his profession as "business executive," with his multi-millionaire future wife listed simply as an "executive."

The register office is described by Britain's Independent newspaper as "the venue of choice for countless loved-up celebrities from the Beatles onwards," with an impressive marble entry and four "marriage rooms."

Too bad they didn't wait until January or February -- could've gotten a 20% discount on a winter wedding.

[For the record, 8:30 p.m. Oct. 2: A previous version of this post incorrectly said that Linda McCartney died in 1988. Thanks to commenters Sean Greene, Richard LeComte and Fatima Curiel for flagging the gaffe.]


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Photo: Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell in June at the fifth-anniversary celebration of "The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil" show in Las Vegas. Credit: Steve Marcus / Las Vegas Sun

Paul McCartney is engaged to girlfriend Nancy Shevell

Paul McCartney is engaged to girlfriend Paul McCartney engaged to Nancy Shevell Nancy Shevell, the New York woman he's been dating since 2007, his rep confirmed Friday.

"We're all thrilled for him," the singer's publicist told the Associated Press, declining to give further details about the proposal.

This will be the third marriage for the cute Beatle, now 68. McCartney's first wife, photographer, musician and activist Linda McCartney, died of cancer in 1998. His second marriage, to model, activist and eventual "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Heather Mills, ended in a $49-million divorce in 2008. Mills and McCartney had separated in May 2006.

Described in some reports as a "New York socialite" -- she and McCartney met in the Hamptons -- Shevell, 51, is vice president of administration for New England Motor Freight Inc. and the Shevell Group of Companies, based in New Jersey and run by her father, Myron "Mike" Shevell. She's also a board member for New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, with a term expiring in June.

McCartney and Shevell "have the right chemistry," a source told People. "They're both cool, chilled out and optimistic."

It's a second marriage for Shevell, who has a teenage son. She and New York lawyer Bruce Blakeman separated in 2007 after more than 20 years together; their reportedly amicable divorce was final in December 2008.

McCartney has five children, including one, 7-year-old Beatrice, with Mills.


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Photo: Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell at the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on May 2, 2011. Credit: Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty Images.

Paul McCartney flirts equally with president, first lady


Too bad the Beatles never wrote a tune called "Hey Barack" -- it would have come in handy in D.C. last night.

Paul McCartney, this year's winner of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Music, made like a rock star Wednesday and seized the opportunity to flirt directly with the president's wife, crooning an acoustic rendition of "Michelle" to First Lady Michelle Obama as she sat with her husband in the front row of the White House audience. (Check out the video below.)

He then joked about maybe being the first guy ever to be punched out by the president.

McCartney, however, seems to be an even bigger fan of Barack Obama than of the first lady: "Getting this prize would just be good enough," the cute Beatle said upon getting his trophy ...

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