McCartney was born to Linda and Melville See in Arizona. Her parents divorced after 18 months and after raising Heather on her own for several years her mother married Paul McCartney of the Beatles in 1969, when she was five, and she was then formally adopted by him.
She is a prominent British potter and designer, with exhibitions in New York, Phoenix, Tokyo, Paris and Sydney, and she has been described by Wedgwood as "one of Britain's most exciting new talents." In her twenties she was hospitalized in a clinic for treatment of an emotional disorder. She shares her late photographer mother's interests in ecology, animal rights and native peoples.
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