Cynthia Lennon

First Wife of Beatle John Lennon
Born Sep 10, 1939

Cynthia Lillian Lennon is the former wife of musician John Lennon, and mother of Julian Lennon. She grew up in the middle-class section of Hoylake, on the Wirral Peninsula in North West England. At the age of twelve, she was accepted into the Junior Art School, and was later enrolled in the Liverpool College of Art. Lennon also attended the college; a meeting with Powell in a calligraphy class led to their relationship.… Read More

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1939 Birth Born on September 10, 1939.


1958 18 Years Old In the autumn of 1958, she ended her engagement to be with him, and he ended his relationship with another art student, Thelma Pickles. … Read More


1960 20 Years Old The Beatles' first Hamburg residency took place in 1960, with Lennon writing frequent and passionate letters back home to Powell. … Read More
When Lennon went to Hamburg again in April 1962, she found a bedsit in a terraced house at 93 Garmoyle Road, Liverpool.
The Lennons' son, John Charles Julian Lennon, was born at 7.45 am on 8 April 1963, in Sefton Hospital. … Read More
1964 24 Years Old The Beatles' accountant told Epstein the group members should move to houses near his in Esher, so Lennon bought a house called Kenwood in July 1964. … Read More
In 1965, she opened the front door of Kenwood to see a man who "looked like a tramp", but with her husband's features. … Read More
1967 27 Years Old 1 More Event
On 22 July 1967, Harrison, Boyd, Starr, and assistant Neil Aspinall flew to Athens, where they stayed overnight until Lennon, his wife and son, McCartney, and Jane Asher (McCartney's girlfriend), Boyd's 16-year-old sister, Paula, roadie Mal Evans, and publicist Alistair Taylor set off for Athens. … Read More
On 15 February 1968, the Lennons flew to India, followed by the other Beatles and their partners four days later: Boyd, Asher, and Maureen Starkey (Starr's wife). … Read More


1970 30 Years Old 1 More Event
She married Italian hotelier Roberto Bassanini in 1970, divorcing him in 1973.
1973 33 Years Old During Lennon's separation from Ono in 1973/74, his partner at the time, May Pang, actively tried to get Lennon to spend more time with his son, forming a friendship with Lennon's ex-wife in the process, which continued even after Lennon and Ono were reconciled. … Read More
1976 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1976, she married John Twist, an engineer from Lancashire, but divorced him in 1983. … Read More
1978 38 Years Old She published a memoir during their time together, A Twist of Lennon, in 1978, telling about her life before and with Lennon, and containing her own illustrations and poetry. … Read More


1980 40 Years Old On 9 December 1980 (UK time), whilst staying at Starr's ex-wife's home, she received a phone call from Starr, two hours after Lennon had been shot in New York. "The memory of Ringo's words, the sound of his tearful voice crackling over the transatlantic line, is crystal clear: 'Cynthia, I'm so sorry, John's dead'. … Read More
She and Twist separated in 1981 and were divorced in 1983. … Read More
1988 48 Years Old Over the years she entered some failed business ventures, including in 1988 a perfume named Woman (after the 1980 John Lennon song) and, in April 1989, a restaurant named Lennon's—at 13/14 Upper St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden—which had menu items such as Rubber Sole (a play on the already-punning 1965 Beatles album), as well as Sgt. … Read More


1995 55 Years Old In 1995, Cynthia made her recording début with a rendition of "Those Were the Days", which as produced by McCartney had been a number one hit for Mary Hopkin in 1968. … Read More
1999 59 Years Old 1 More Event
Whilst living in Normandy, an exhibition of her drawings and paintings were displayed at Portobello Road's KDK Gallery in 1999. … Read More


2002 62 Years Old 1 More Event
She was later married to Noel Charles, a night club owner, from 2002 until his death in 2013. … Read More
2005 - 2006 2 More Events
2009 69 Years Old 1 More Event
However, her character was absent from the 2009 British film Nowhere Boy, which purported to cover the story of Lennon from 1955 to 1960 but focused on his relationships with his aunt and mother.
2010 - 2013 2 More Events
2015 75 Years Old 1 More Event
She died on 1 April 2015 at her home in Majorca, Spain, at the age of 75 after a short struggle with cancer, with her son Julian by her side. … Read More
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