The Girlfriends

Photos from Yahoo groups, IMDB, Chris O'Dell's personal collection, my scans, BeatlePhotoBlog, SentStarr & from the Beatles' Wives & Girls Facebook Page.
 - May Pang
With Nancy Andrews, Ringo's ex-girlfriend in the 70s
With Cynthia Lennon, John's first wife & Paul's brother Michael
With John & Beatles roadie Mal Evans

 - Thelma Pickles

- Barbara Baker

Iris Caldwell
''Iris found her first boyfriend when she was twelve, in a fourteen year old lad called George Harrison. Her mother Vi recalled "George used to come and watch TV three times a week. He and Iris used to sit there holding hands. It was the first time either of them had ever taken any interest in someone of the opposite sex. At Iris' fourteenth birthday party, I remember George turned up in a brand new Italian-style suit covered with buttons. As in most teenage parties, they kept on playing kissing games and somehow or other, George and Iris always ended up together." George definitely saw her as his first girlfriend, but was unsure how she saw the relationship. "My first girlfriend was Rory Storm's sister, Iris Caldwell. She was really nice and had cotton wool in her bra. She probably didn't ever think she was my girlfriend. You never know when you're young; you just fancy somebody, or someone's in the same room as you, and you end up thinking they're your girlfriend. ...I'd met Iris a couple of times and went round to her house and hung out. They had a little basement that they were trying to turn into a coffee club. That seemed to be the craze in the Fifties." She also dated Paul McCartney in 1961, aged 17.

Maureen Cox Starkey
Mary ''Maureen'' Cox Starkey, later Tigrett, was Ringo's first wife BUT she also had an affair with George Harrison, another Beatle & husband to famous London 60s model Patricia Ann Boyd Harrison, known as Pattie Boyd. Maureen was NEVER George's girlfriend though. George was a known ladies man. Maureen claimed that they were only having a spiritual ''affair'' and that she felt they connected a lot on that level, says Chris O'Dell, friend to both Pattie & Maureen. Of course, Pattie would have none of it and so did the others. Maureen sometimes came late at night at Friar Park, the Harrisons estate. Pattie used to say what are you doing what about your children ? I'm going to bed. And Maureen said that she was going to the studio to see George. She spent several nights at the Harrisons. Pattie then phoned Ringo to tell him that every night he was asking hiself where his wife was, she was with George ! Once, Maureen & George were behind locked doors. Pattie knocked on the door and George answered, grinning, saying that Maureen had to lay down. Pattie was desperate. George had already cheated on her with a bevy of beauties, and sometimes in front of her in her own house. Then, during a tense night at the Starkeys, George proceeded to tell Ringo that he was in love with his wife. Ringo then said : Better you than someone we don't know. This was confirmed and told by Chris O'Dell, who was there, in her book, Miss O'Dell. For more on this subject, I suggest you read Miss O'Dell, from Chris O'Dell.

Geraldine McGovern
Ringo met Geraldine, a factory worker, in 1957. They became engaged in 1960, everything was ready for the   wedding, but Geraldine didn't approve of Richie's passion for music. She wanted him to find a stable job. In the end, they broke off the engagement. Music was more important to Ringo than she was.

Chris O'Dell
Chris with ''good friend'' Ringo
Chris holding her cigarette like Maureen used to
Chris with friend Keith Richards
Chris with friends Mick and Bianca Jagger
Chris with friend George Harrison
Chris O'Dell was friends with everyone from The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Carlos Santana to Leon Russell & was always tense with Eric Clapton, Pattie Boyd's second husband. A girl from Tucson, Arizona, she never expected to work at Apple for the Beatles but she did after meeting with Derek Taylor. She then dated famous rocker Leon Russell who wrote ''Pisces Apple Lady'' for her. She then met The Beatles, becoming friendly with them and even attending the famous rooftop concert, 1969 along with Maureen & Yoko. Chris, like everyone else, was in awe of Pattie Boyd. At first, Pattie was reserved towards her & it was normal : The Beatle Wives were very protective of their husbands and understandably so. Same with Maureen. In fact, Maureen was icy-cold with Chris at first, when she saw him talking with her husband. Then, when things were tense in the Starkey marriage, Ringo decided to vacay in the USAs to have a little peace. Maureen asked Chris to take care of Ringo. She took more than care of him, she started sleeping with him. She later admitted it to Maureen, because Maureen asked. Maureen was not that mad. Then Ringo left Chris (with whom he never really went out with) for model-photographer Nancy Andrews and it was the end of their affair.
 Nancy Lee Andrews
With Paul & Linda McCartney, NY, 1977
With John & Yoko
Nancy Lee Andrews is an american photographer. She was once an international model. John introduced her to Ringo. She dated Ringo for six years (1974-1980). She was engaged to him for some time and after the broke up, she sued him for palimony. Some say he cheated on her with future wife Barbara Bach.

Shelley Duvall
 Playing the role of the mother & wife in The Shining
 Modeling in Vogue during the 70s
Shelley Duval is a model and an actress.

Lynsey De Paul
Ringo with Shelley Duvall & Lynsey De Paul
De Paul is an English singer-songwriter who was popular during the 70s. She had a fling with Ringo in the 70s. Ringo was the inspiration behind her prophetic song ''If I don't get you, the next one will''.

Dorothy Rhone
Dorothy ''Dot'' Rhone was originally attracted by John. She became good friends with Cynthia and, seeing that her favorite was taken, she turned her attention towards Paul. To get his attention, she pretended to faint. She said both John & Paul were really controlling & possessive, trying to turn them into Brigitte Bardot. But Paul was also very generous and she got along very well with his family. At the tender age of 16, Dot became pregnant. Paul was supportive, her mother was not. She miscarried 3 months into the pregnancy. Paul then went on tour with the rest of the band in Hamburg. During that time, Dot found postcards addressed to Paul from a German girl. Even though she knew he was unfaithful, she stayed in the relationship. The relationship ended abruptly in 1962. Paul wrote P.S. I love you for her.
Thelma Pickles (see the John section)

Iris Caldwell (see the George section)
After dating George Harrison, Iris started dating Paul. "Paul and I dated for a couple of years," recalled Iris, "It was never that serious. We never pretended to be true to each other. I went out with lots of people. I was working away in different theatres at the time but if I was back home then we would go out. There were never any promises made or love declared." The couple were together for twelve months, and after six months they were considered serious enough to be "going steady". The Beatles were still using The Caldwell's family home at 54 Broad Green Road as their late-night hang-out as Paul remembered fondly. "We used to go back to Vi Caldwell's. I went out for a short time with Rory's sister Iris, a dancer. Their house was the only one open at that time of night. Vi was a night owl. It was our late-night hang-out, really, just cups of tea and card games and chatting. I remember playing a Ouija board with Cilla and her friend Pat." The relationship started to get difficult when The Beatles' new manager started issuing rules about girlfriends. "Epstein was not very pleased that I was going out with Paul and I wasn't allowed to go anywhere with the group in case any of their fans saw me. But every night after they'd appeared at The Cavern, Paul would come round to our house - and when they went away to Hamburg he used to write me the most fantastic letters." The relationship ended when Paul met Jane.
Maggie McGivern
Dark haired model Maggie McGivern was dating a photographer when in 1966 she embarked on a secret relationship with one of the most famous men in the world. She had just taken on a steady job working for Marianne Faithful and John Dunbar, as the nanny to their little boy Nicholas, and it was while taking care of Nicholas in Marianne’s third floor Chelsea flat that she first encountered Paul McCartney. He buzzed the intercom to ask if John (Dunbar) was around, and when Paul explained who he was, Maggie invited him straight up. “Paul ran up the stairs and came in. Very casually I told him that John wasn’t really in – and that sent us both into hysterics. We were laughing and chatting. I made a nice lunch for Marianne and a bunch of her friends but they never showed up. Paul and I sat together and ate it instead. I’ll never forget the meal – it was chicken casserole. It was such a funny introduction that it threw us both off guard. It could have been very embarrassing, but there was an immediate rapport and we just couldn’t stop talking.” Their three year courtship didn’t begin straight away though. “It was a gradual thing. From that point on Paul kept coming up to the flat. he was very good friends with John but I knew he was coming to see me. He would ring and ask if anyone was there and if there wasn’t he would come up. We used to talk about lots of things but it was obvious to both of us that our other relationships were not going well.” Six months after their first meeting Maggie says their friendship turned into love. Paul had been recording the Revolver album and arrived at the flat with John Dunbar and some friends to listen to some demo tapes of it.“There was something in the air that night and that’s how it all started. He ended up staying the night and we went to bed. It was wonderful. The next morning was one of the most precious moments of my life. We didn’t say much but it was such a tranquil, pleasant feeling – made all the more so because we left things unsaid. He stayed with me until lunchtime and we chatted and larked about. Everything with Paul was so natural. From that moment on he used to come round regularly.” Paul was 23 and Maggie just 20 and both still in other relationships at this point which didn’t seem a god start. There was also the added pressure of Paul’s fame, but despite their young age they were sensible enough to think up logical solutions to their predicament. “Our relationship was a secret from day one, at first because we didn’t want Jane to find out, and later because we preferred it like that. We hardly ever went to parties. We would occasionally go to restaurants but normally we’d walk his dogs in Regents Park or go for drives in the country. We craved isolation and I for one did not want to become and overnight superstar – I certainly wasn’t ready for that emotionally.” In order for the young couple to stay together and let their relationship evolve it was essential that it remained a secret, and even a short break with friends took a great deal of forward thinking. In the first year of their relationship the couple took a trip to Paris with John Lennon and Brian Epstein, all four of them flying seperately, their seperately timed arrivals at least allowing them to stay in the same hotel together where Paul and Maggie shared a very luxurious suite. “It was a marvellous holiday… just walking around the streets of paris. My abiding memory is of me, John and Paul lying under the Eiffel Tower, gazing up at it. We couldn’t go up because we would have been recognised, and we were masters of the art of avoiding people… We spent more time with John than we did with George and Ringo – we hardly saw them at all.” Even when they returned home their meetings had to be planned with a simular strategy. “I don’t believe celebrities when they say they can’t keep affairs secret. We managed it quite well for more than three years… Throughout the relationship we never met in obvious places. we would go to places like auction rooms in South Kensington, and say ‘whoops – fancy meeting you here’… I never told any friends we were seeing each other – that was an unspoken rule. My mum and dad knew, but not in any detail.” Girls all over the world had dreams of marrying Paul McCartney, but this one girl that was actually close enough to possibly achieve it never gave it a moments thought. She was beginning to see Paul as a “permanent fixture” in her life but never planned any further than just spending time with him when and where she could. “I know it sounds strange but I didn’t really regard it as a big deal. They were mad times and the world was changing. People look back on it now as an era- but all we were doing was living it. I knew in my heart that Paul was a real family man – working at Marianne’s we used to spend hours just looking at little Nicholas. It was obvious Paul wanted children but, at that stage, I was in no way ready for it. I was a free spirit.” As well as taking care of Nicholas, Maggie was involved in modelling and acting. Her frequent modelling assignments abroad meant that Paul had to make all the effort of going after her which is unusual in Rock’n'Roll relationships. He was no longer touring with The Beatles so it turned out that he was the one sat at home waiting for a convenient moment to see her while she jetted around the world. “When we were having our love affair, I hardly phoned him. He used to find me wherever I was and that was fine as far as I was concerned. He did tell me that Jane Asher had moved in with him at his house in St John’s Wood and I remember saying that it meant nothing to me. Throughout the relationship I never pursued him – I just didn’t think abut him having other women. My view on relationships has always been that if something works, it works. If it’s meant to be, let it be. Besides which, I had a busy life and I was very busy living it.” After working for John and Marianne for 18 months she left to set up an antiques stall in Chelsea Market, but spent little time in the flat she was now sharing in Chelsea as she was still busy modelling and even had a part as an extra in the cult sixties film Blow-Up. Paul supposedly wanted her to appear in the Beatles TV film Magical Mystery Tour but couldn’t find her in time to ask her as she was already away on an asignment. They had been together a year now and things between Maggie and Paul were staring to get quite serious. They were no longer just arranging meetings around London, she was now spending a lot of time over at his house. “By this time I knew that I was in love with him, and I knew he loved me, too… I used to spend many nights at his house in St John’s Wood. It was a beautiful Regency house, and his garden was full of Alice In Wonderland characters built in stone. We spent many romantic times there. At the end of the garden was a glass-topped, circular, domed building where we meditated. I’ll never forget the first time he showed me that place. We went inside the dome and he told me to stand on the floor. Suddenly, the floor started rising and there I was, up in the air, looking at the stars. That’s what it was like, you see. By the time he and The Beatles were into the Maharishi and that whole scene, so was I – there were amazing parallels in our personalities.” In 1968, Paul’s realtionship with Jane Asher was having major problems. Maggie had moved into her own place and Paul seemed to be trying to create a normal steady relationship with her where they could go to places together and spend time with his inner circle instead of the scattered solitary meetings in quiet locations they had enjoyed previously. “By September 1968 I had rented a flat on my own in Fawcett Street, Chelsea. I really wanted to live alone. I hadn’t been there long when one day I got a telegram at my flat from Paul. It said: ‘Flying to the sun. Car picking you up at 8pm. Love Paul’. I was so excited because I had no idea where we were going. A car drew up and we went to pick up Paul at St John’s Wood. As he came out he took an Instamatic Camera from a fan, who was camped outside his house, and told us he was borrowing it to take on holiday. Paul had hired a private jet so no one would spot us. There was a proper lounge, no rows of seats – we were drinking champagne and laughing and joking with a male cousin of Paul, and his American girlfriend. I kept asking him where we were going but he refused to tell me.” Paul had booked a holiday in Sardinia with a hotel room overlooking the ocean and frequent visits to restaurants where they were “treated like royalty”. A banquet in their honor was held by one prestigious party where all of the guests were in evening wear and Maggie walked in wearing a T-shirt dress to be confronted by a room full of ladies in ballgowns. “Paul and I just collapsed in giggles. We thought it was hilarious”. Many happy hours were spent lazing around on the beach, and this was where their relationship began to take a different course. “We were lying on the beach just being young and in love. Paul turned to me, smiling, and out of the blue he just said: ‘Have you ever thought about getting married?’. I said, ‘yes, I suppose, one day…’ and I thought nothing more of it. Looking back, it was obviously the wrong answer. When I said one day I I meant in six months, maybe, but not never. But Paul was always slightly insecure and probably saw me as such a free spirit that he thought I was never going to settle down… I suppose I assumed that we would end up together but at the time I was just enjoying it all. In the ‘Sixties there was just so much going on that I didn’t have time to sit and think about the future. I suppose that, with the pressures of fame, Paul was craving security.” While on the sands, the couple were also photographed together by a photographer who sold the picture to a Sunday newspaper back in Britain. It appeared along with a report describing Maggie as Paul’s new girlfriend. She confirmed that they had been going out together, and suddenly their relationship was no longer a private affair. “On the way home we were singing Those Were The Days and falling around laughing. I went back to Paul’s house with him – I distinctly remember waltzing around the rooms with him.” The couple continued to see one another but it soon became clear that their discussion on the beach had led Paul to go looking for the security he craved elsewhere. “One day, a little after we returned from Sardinia, I rang Paul – and Linda answered the phone. I had seen a newspaper story about him having lunch with her before that, but I wasn’t the type to ask questions or get jealous. I remember Paul telling Linda to get off the phone and I asked him who she was and what was happening. He said: ‘I don’t know the scene, man. I don’t know what’s going on’.” A while later Maggie recived a very late night and perculiar visit from Paul. “He was really down and I couldn’t sem to get a word out of him. He was crying and I knew he had been stressed. I stood and held him and asked him to tell me what was wrong. Then suddenly he jumped up and said he had to go. Somehow I knew when I closed the door that night I wouldn’t see him again.” Only two days had gone by before Maggie discovered that Paul and Linda had married when she saw the headline on a newspaper billboard on King’s Road. “My heart just thumped. I couldn’t believe it. He never told me he was getting married and he never told me our relationship was over. I didn’t contact him for ages. I had never pursued him and I wasn’t going to start then. Not many people knew we were going out together in the first place so there was no point in telling them it was over. Obviously, I told my mum and dad but not even they knew the depth of my suffering and depression. Looking back, I think I was in serious shock and it didn’t come out properly until years later… I’m the type to move on and live my life and not regret anything, but obviously I still feel the pain. I kick myself for that day on the beach in Sardinia.” In the early seventies, Maggie began a relationship with another musician, Denny Laine, and after Denny joined Paul’s group Wings she came into contact with Paul again. “It was a very emotional meeting and we had a great big hug. We were standing there gripping each other when their was a tap on his shoulder. We turned round and it was Linda. Paul told her who I was and she said she had heard about me. Ther was, of course, an unfriendly atmosphere and we didn’t get a chance to have a real conversation.” Maggie was dating Mel Collins when she ran into Paul again. It was a difficult meeting and Maggie recalled “a lot of sarcastic comments towards me.”. Thankfully she was very happy with her current love life and in 1974 fell pregnant with her and Mel’s child, Naiama. The couple married and six years passed before she bumped into Paul during a Christmas shopping spree in Harvey Nichols with her young daughter. Maggie was was just admiring herself in the mirror after trying on a new dress in the store when Paul walked past. “I was looking at myself in the mirror when a voice said: ‘That looks great’. It was Paul… he was buying Christmas presents for Linda. We got talking for a little while and then just said our goodbyes. We never discussed the relationship or anything like that.” It seemed that their earlier spark together that had created such a great rapport was now completely gone. But in 1984 she bumped Paul for the last time at a film studio and discovered that they could still get on very well when his wife was not there with him. “He’s a different person when he’s with her. But, to give Linda credit, although we were still uneasy we chatted amiably about horses and things like that. I suppose after years of marriage and several children, there was no need for any nastiness.” Maggie has now dyed her long dark hair a shade of honey blonde and lives in Brighton where she works as a Rollerblade Instructor. The story of her life with Paul only really came out properly when her mother, Everlyn, confirmed it to the Daily Mail in 1997. Maggie reluctantly agreed to an interview in order to clear up a few incorrect facts, saying that she would always care for Paul and desperately wanted to avoid upsetting him and his wife Linda, who was ill at the time.
 Francie Schwartz
Francie Schwartz, born 1944, is an American scriptwriter and the former girlfriend, during the late 1960s, of Paul McCartney, who referred to her as "Franny". At the time, McCartney was engaged to the actress Jane Asher who broke off the engagement when she found them in bed together, although Schwartz claims otherwise. One of the fans who used to hang around McCartney's Cavendish Avenue house says that "...Paul brought this American girl home...[and a little while later]...another car turned into Cavendish Avenue - it was Jane. She'd come back...earlier than she was supposed to. Jane went into the house. A bit later on she came storming out again and drove away." Later on, Jane's mother, Margaret Asher, arrived to retrieve Jane's things. She met the Beatles at a critical point in their development - when they were making the "White Album". She had written a script and  it was for a film about a street violinist and actor she had met when he was doing his act in front of Carnegie Hall, New York. She thought the story would be perfect for Paul McCartney with the addition of his lyrical and romantic musical melodies. She came to London on 3 April 1968 and a few days later just walked into the reception room of their first office in 95 Wigmore Street, London. This was prior to Apple Corps' move to Savile Row later in 1968. At the time McCartney was just standing there in conversation with some business contacts. A relationship developed and he later invited her to move in with him at 7 Cavendish Avenue in St John's Wood, London NW8 9JD, where he was living at the time. McCartney gave her a job working for Derek Taylor, Apple Corps' Public Relations manager, writing press releases for various Apple Corps artists including James Taylor, Mary Hopkin, Badfinger and Jackie Lomax. She was present, as was Lennon's girlfriend Yoko Ono when the "White Album" was being recorded when she says she: "was almost always stoned", and that: "the four began to diverge as artists during these sessions". Lennon and Ono came to live at Cavendish Avenue temporarily as guests when Schwartz was living there. Schwartz says that John was upset one morning after finding an insulting note from Paul about Ono, which referred to her as a "Jap tart". On Sunday, 28 July 1968, in the midst of recording the "White Album", the Beatles decided to spend what became known as "A Mad Day Out"being photographed at seemingly random locations in London. Schwartz had the task of picking suitable photographic sites. Veteran war photographer Don McCullin was primary cameraman, with additional photographers Ronald Fitzgibbon, Stephen Goldblatt, Tom Murrayand Tony Bramwell coming along as well. Beatles' assistant Mal Evans also took pictures. Ono and Schwartz were also present. In September, 1999, Schwartz reconnected with Yoko in SoHo for a mini-reunion. McCartney married Linda Eastman in 1969.