Cynthia Lennon
First wife of Beatle John Lennon
Cynthia Lennon
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.
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Imagine: 12 Great Books About John Lennon
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Thirty-five years ago, on December 8, 1980, John Lennon was murdered outside his Dakota apartment by Mark David Chapman. Lennon, a brilliant artist and complex man, was witty, ornery, and haunted, exploring his life through his art. Lennon remains an influential part of our culture. His song "Imagine" has become a timeless plea for peace. Because his early life and half of his artistic career was so interwoven with the Beatles, I've included several biographies of the Beatles as well, which show the evolution of the group and the interactions of the members, especially the genius writing team of Lennon and Paul McCartney. 1. John Lennon: The Life Philip Norman Norman, whose 1981 classic Shout! is considered the definitive biography of The Beatles, returns with John Lennon: The Life. It's an intimate look at the troubled genius who, with other Beatles members, changed the shape and sound of popular music. The book takes us from his early Liverpool days and childhoo ...
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Cynthia Lennon, first wife of John Lennon, dead at 75
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In Her Life After John, Cynthia Lennon Didn't Stop Loving Him
NPR - almost 2 years
John Lennon's first wife died Wednesday at 75. In 1985, Cynthia Lennon talked with Fresh Air about her marriage to John, going on tour to America, and meeting Yoko Ono. » E-Mail This
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Cynthia Lennon: The first wife of John Lennon whose steadfastness was rewarded by cruel treatment at the hands of the Beatle
The Independent - almost 2 years
Cynthia Lennon knew her days as a Beatle wife were over when she walked into the house in Weybridge she shared with John Lennon after a holiday in Greece to find her husband in a bathrobe sitting on the floor with Yoko Ono. The guest room showed no signs of having been slept in; she turned around and walked out of the door. They had spent the night recording their experimental Two Virgins album and had then made love.
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Today in Music History - Aug. 22 - mysask.com (press release)
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In 1968, Cynthia Lennon filed for divorce from John, one day short of the couple's sixth anniversary. They had one child, Julian, in 1963. John had already begun seeing Yoko Ono, whom he would marry on March 20, 1969. In 1970, Elvis Presley announced
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Недавно, читая книгу воспоминаний Cynthia Lennon «John», наткнулся на факт, от которого до сих пор мороз по коже… Речь идет о ночи, когда смятенная известием о смерти Джона и отъездом в Нью-Йорк на похороны отца сына Джулиана, она забылась во сне…
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Port city of Liverpool more than a Beatles town: history, scenery and sports - Cape Breton Post
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We visited the next day to watch a 3D Beatles-themed movie and an exhibit of photos, artifacts and reminiscences from Julian and Cynthia Lennon. Inside the same building is the ticket booth for a ferry ride on the Mersey River, an attraction made
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Und ich traf Lennons Ex-Frau Cynthia Lennon und viele Hamburg-Leute, wie Tony Sheridan, der mit den Beatles gespielt hat. Hat Pete Best über die Zeit gesprochen, als er bei den Beatles rausflog? Ich will jetzt nicht zu viel sagen, aber in seiner
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Today in Music History - July 5 - mysask.com (press release)
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Julian's mother was Cynthia Lennon, John Lennon's first wife. In 2009, in the first full sales week after his death, Michael Jackson claimed every Top 10 spot on Billboard's Top Pop Catalogue Album chart. His "Number Ones" collection was the top seller
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Ye Cracke - Telegraph.co.uk
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John Lennon, Cynthia Lennon and Stuart Sutcliff could often be found sitting in Ye Cracke having a pint in late fifties early sixties, as they attended the local art school. It was in Ye Cracke's famouse War Office that John Lennon formed the
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Fête de la musique 2011 : la télé enfile son costume de scène pour célébrer la ... - Premiere.fr Télé
Google News - almost 6 years
Cynthia Lennon et Yoko Ono ont été mariées à John Lennon, Jane Asher, Linda Eastmann et Heather Mills à Paul McCartney, Patti Boyd et Olivia Arias à George Harrison et Maureen Cox et Barbara Bach à Ringo Starr. Une programmation qui va donner le "la" à
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The site in Liverpool was formerly home to Reece's Ballroom which closed 20 years ago and is famous for being the venue of John and Cynthia Lennon's wedding reception in 1962. Liverpool City Council has backed the plan believing it could help bring
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Cynthia Lennon
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  • 2015
    Age 75
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Public messages of condolence were made by McCartney and Starr, with the former saying "She was a lovely lady who I've known since our early days together in Liverpool. She was a good mother to Julian and will be missed by us all " and the latter "Peace and love to Julian Lennon God bless Cynthia". Ono also issued a statement, emphasizing the position she held in common: "Being a single parent of a strong and intelligent boy is never easy. Cynthia and I understood each other in that way, wishing well for our sons and their future." Beatles biographer Hunter Davies, who had spent considerable time with her and John in the 1960s while researching his book, remembered her as "a lovely woman... She was totally different from John in that she was quiet, reserved and calm."
  • 2013
    Age 73
    Cynthia lived with her husband, Noel, on the island of Majorca in Spain until his death on 11 March 2013.
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  • 2010
    Age 70
    The John Lennon Peace Monument was unveiled by Cynthia and Julian at a ceremony in Chavasse Park, Liverpool, on 9 October 2010 to celebrate what would have been Lennon’s 70th birthday.
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  • 2009
    Age 69
    In 2009, she and her son opened an exhibition of memorabilia at The Beatles Story exhibition in Liverpool, and she and Pattie Boyd staged a first-ever joint appearance at the opening of the Cafesjian Center for the Arts in Yerevan, Armenia.
    More Details Hide Details On 30 September 2010, Julian opened his "Timeless" exhibition of photographs at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York. In attendance were Cynthia, Julian, Ono, Sean, and Pang, which was the first time all five had been in the same room together.
    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 66
    In 2006, she and her son attended the Las Vegas premiere of the Cirque du Soleil production of Love, which marked a rare public appearance with Ono.
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  • 2005
    Age 65
    In September 2005, she published a new biography, John, re-examining her life with Lennon and the years afterwards, including the events following his death.
    More Details Hide Details Michel Faber, writing in The Guardian, said of the book: "John is Cynthia's attempt to prove how much more she was worth. In theory, the disclosures of Lennon's loyal partner from 1958 to 1968 cannot fail to be valuable. On the page, the potential withers".
  • 2002
    Age 62
    In 2002, she married Noel Charles, a Barbadian night club owner.
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    She was later married to Noel Charles, a night club owner, from 2002 until his death in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details She published a book of memoirs, A Twist of Lennon, in 1978, and a more intimate biography, John, in 2005. Over the years she staged several auctions of memorabilia associated with her life with John Lennon. In 2006, she and her son Julian Lennon attended the Las Vegas premiere of the Cirque du Soleil production of Love whose theme is the music of the Beatles.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1999
    Age 59
    The Daily Telegraph said in a 1999 profile, "In essence, she is a suburban woman who – almost in spite of herself – got caught up with one of the most extraordinary men of modern times.
    More Details Hide Details More than 30 years since her marriage to John Lennon ended, she is as entangled as ever."
    Whilst living in Normandy, an exhibition of her drawings and paintings were displayed at Portobello Road's KDK Gallery in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details By the 1990s she was appearing at some Beatles conventions, but appeared ambivalent about the practice. At times she maintained she was moving on with her life and putting her Beatles past behind her and at other times seemed to embrace continued interest in that past as inevitable.
  • 1995
    Age 55
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It failed to chart.
  • FORTIES
  • 1988
    Age 48
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Pepper's Steak and Penny Lane Pâté. It had a short life as a business venture, as it was considered to be far too expensive. She would later blame some of these efforts on the men in her life encouraging her. The Beatles' Hamburg days were the subject of the 1994 film Backbeat, with Jennifer Ehle portraying Cynthia Powell. The film characterises Lennon and Cynthia's relationship as one that will eventually be doomed by their wanting different things from life, but with Lennon not wanting to hurt her. Cynthia later complained that the film made her out "as a clingy, dim, little girlfriend in a headscarf". She was portrayed in 2000 television film In His Life: The John Lennon Story by Gillian Kearney; the negative aspects of John's treatment towards her were not overlooked. Cynthia was subsequently portrayed in the troubled, Ono-centric 2005 American musical Lennon, with her character – played by Julia Murney – gaining a little more prominence during one of the show's rewrites. Her life had a more central role in the 2010 BBC Four film Lennon Naked, with Claudie Blakley playing the part.
  • 1981
    Age 41
    She had kept mementos of Lennon for years, but began auctioning them off after his death, including a personally drawn Christmas card from Lennon to her, which fetched £8,800 at Christie's in August 1981.
    More Details Hide Details With her finances in an unsteady state – she would say in 1999 that "Apart from John, the men I have fallen in love with have never been good at earning a living" – more of her memorabilia of Lennon went up for auction in 1991, including antiques from Kenwood. She said at the time, "I've enjoyed these things for 30 years. But it's time for a change." Another set of items, including some of Lennon's drug paraphernalia, brought over $60,000 for her in 1995. She later said, "I think in life we collect so much baggage, when you have a clearout, you send it to a car-boot sale, etc. My baggage was in demand and sold at Christie's. When you have to pay the bills, you're not proud and you can't take it with you."
    She began a relationship with Liverpudlian chauffeur Jim Christie in 1981, who became her partner for 17 years as well as her business manager, living in Penrith, Cumbria.
    More Details Hide Details She said at the time: "Jim has never felt he's living in John Lennon's shadow. He's four years younger than me and wasn't really part of that whole Beatles' scene." They later lived on the Isle of Man and then Normandy for some years, but separated in 1998.
    She and Twist separated in 1981 and were divorced in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details Neither did they. When it is necessary to earn a living, it is necessary to bite the bullet and take the flack."
  • 1980
    Age 40
    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'.
    More Details Hide Details I had only one clear thought. My son, our son, Julian was at home in bed, I had to get back to Ruthin so that I could tell him about his father's death." Cynthia's memoir gained renewed interest and went to a third printing of 200,000 copies in the weeks after Lennon's death.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1978
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Lennon tried to stop the publication of the book after an excerpt was published in a newspaper.
  • 1976
    Age 36
    On 1 May 1976, Cynthia married John Twist, an engineer from Lancashire.
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    In 1976, she married John Twist, an engineer from Lancashire, but divorced him in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details After her divorce from Twist, she changed her name back to "Lennon" by deed poll and met Jim Christie, her partner for 17 years.
  • 1973
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A meeting during this period was the last time Cynthia saw John. Previously, Julian had been allowed to visit his father twice a year by himself, but Lennon complained that during his time with Pang his ex-wife also wanted to be present, saying: "She Cynthia thought she could walk back in 'cos I wasn't with Yoko!" After his reconciliation with Ono, he complained again that his son was not being allowed to visit him.
  • 1970
    Age 30
    On 31 July 1970, Cynthia married Bassanini, whom she had started dating after parting with Lennon; the couple divorced in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details She then opened a restaurant in Ruthin, Wales, called Oliver's Bistro, which also had a B&B above the premises. She enrolled her son into the Ruthin School and he later joined the local Combined Cadet Force.
    She married Italian hotelier Roberto Bassanini in 1970, divorcing him in 1973.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1968
    Age 28
    In 1968, John left her for Japanese avant-garde conceptual artist Yoko Ono and as a result, the couple's divorce was legally granted on 8 November 1968 on the grounds of John's adultery with Ono.
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    On what grounds is he suing me?" When the news of Ono's pregnancy broke, Cynthia started her own divorce proceedings against Lennon on 22 August 1968.
    More Details Hide Details The financial settlement was hampered by Lennon's refusing to offer any more than £75,000, telling her on the phone that the payment was akin to winning the football pools and that she was not worth any more. The settlement was then raised to £100,000, £2,400 annually, and custody of Julian. Another £100,000 was put into a trust fund which Julian would inherit when he was 21. Until that time, his mother would receive the interest payments. Their decree nisi was granted on 8 November 1968. The trust fund had one codicil, which provided for any further children by Lennon, so when Sean Lennon was born in 1975, Julian's inheritance was cut to £50,000.
    She arrived back at Kenwood from Greece earlier than expected, at 4 o'clock on 22 May 1968, to discover Lennon and Ono sitting cross-legged on the floor in matching white robes, staring into each other's eyes, and then found Ono's slippers outside the Lennons' bedroom door.
    More Details Hide Details Shocked, she asked Jenny Boyd and Mardas if she could spend the night at their apartment. At the apartment Boyd went straight to bed, but she and Mardas drank more alcohol, with Mardas trying to convince her to run away together. After she had vomited in the bathroom, she collapsed on a bed in the spare bedroom, with Mardas joining her and trying to kiss her until she pushed him away. Lennon seemed absolutely normal when she returned home the next day, and steadfastly maintained his love for her and their son, saying: "It's you I love Cyn... I love you now more than ever before". Lennon went to New York with McCartney shortly after, but as she was specifically not invited, a trip to Pesaro, in Italy, was arranged with her mother. After an evening with Italian hotelier, Roberto Bassanini, Mardas was waiting at the hotel to break the news that Lennon was planning to sue for divorce on grounds of adultery, seek sole custody of Julian, and "send her back to Hoylake". She said in 2005: "The mere fact that ‘Magic Alex’ Mardas arrived in Italy in the middle of the night without any prior knowledge of where I was staying made me extremely suspicious. I was being coerced into making it easy"... Lennon and Ono "to accuse me of doing something that would make them not look so bad."
    Two weeks later, in May 1968, Lennon suggested Cynthia take a holiday in Greece with Mardas, Donovan, and two friends, as he would be very busy recording songs for what would become The White Album.
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    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).
    More Details Hide Details The division between the sexes was emphasised by the male musicians sitting outside at night composing songs, while their partners gathered together in one of their rooms, often talking about life as the wife or partner of a Beatle. The Lennons shared a four-poster bed at the ashram, with Lennon playing guitar and Cynthia drawing and writing poetry between their long sessions of meditation. "Magic Alex" (Greek-born Alex Mardas, who controlled Apple Electronics) arrived later, smuggling in alcohol from the nearest village as it was not allowed in the ashram. After two weeks Lennon asked to sleep in a separate room, saying he could only meditate when he was alone, but walked down to the local post office every morning to see if he had received a telegram from Ono, who sent one almost daily. Cynthia found out about these secretive trips much later, saying: "I had thought our magical interlude with the Maharishi would be the making of our marriage – but in reality it just presaged the end". Paul Saltzman later published a book of photographs, The Beatles in Rishikesh, showing Lennon deep in thought, and Cynthia's confused expression. Despite the alienation from Lennon, she later spoke about her time there, saying: "I loved being away from the fans, hordes of people, deadlines, demands and flashing cameras".
  • 1967
    Age 27
    By 1967, Lennon's aggressive edges from his childhood had disappeared, and he spent considerable amounts of time sitting in his sunroom or garden and daydreaming for hours at end.
    More Details Hide Details He became somewhat uncommunicative towards most people, including Cynthia (but not with the other Beatles, who had an almost unspoken ability to understand one another). Cynthia once complained, saying: "What I'd like is a holiday of our own... John, Julian and me". Lennon replied with, "OK, I know, we'll all retire to a little cottage on a cliff in Cornwall, all right?" Then adding, "No, I've got these bloody songs to write. I have to work, to justify living." She understood his temperament, but felt frustrated at never having developed her own career by using her art college background. The Beatles were scheduled to fly to India to visit the Maharishi for two or three months of Transcendental Meditation. Before they left, Cynthia found letters from Yoko Ono to Lennon which indicated he had had contact with her over a period of some time. Lennon denied he was involved with Ono, explaining that she was just some "crazy artist" who wanted to be sponsored, although Ono kept up a stream of telephone calls and visits to Kenwood.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Looking for an island they could buy to live on together, they chartered a yacht, the MV Arvi. McCartney later said that whilst sailing around Greek islands, everybody just "sat around and took LSD". Lennon and the other Beatles publicly renounced drugs—although never completely—after their initial meetings with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in London, and Bangor, Wales.
  • 1965
    Age 25
    In contrast, Lennon said he wrote the 1965 song "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" about an affair he was having, but rendered it in "gobbledegook" so Cynthia would not know.
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    Cynthia knew her husband took drugs like Preludin, and regularly smoked cannabis but thought of them as not being very dangerous, especially the cannabis. On 27 March 1965, at a dinner party given by a dentist, John Riley, the Lennons, Harrison, and Boyd were given LSD without their knowledge.
    More Details Hide Details Although told not to leave the house, Harrison drove them to various nightclubs, with Riley following them by taxi. At the Ad Lib club, they thought the lift up to the club was on fire and started screaming, before finally crawling out of the lift for which Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, and Starr were waiting. Harrison later drove them back home in Boyd's Mini Cooper at no more than 10 mph, as he was also feeling the effects of the drug. They stayed up all night at Kenwood, experiencing the full effects of their first LSD trip. Lennon then started taking LSD on a regular basis, as well as his daily use of cannabis. After much encouragement from him, Cynthia agreed to try LSD one more time, but the adverse effects were the same. Although she said at the time she would never take the drug again, she relented and took it for the last time a few weeks later, on the way to a party at Epstein's country house in Warbleton, East Sussex. Although she hated the psychological effects of the drug, from this point she could see the change taking place in her husband: "It was like living with someone who had just discovered religion... Tensions, bigotry, and bad temper were replaced by understanding and love". In 1970, Lennon confessed he had probably taken LSD one thousand times since 1965, saying: "I used to just eat it all the time".
    In 1965, she opened the front door of Kenwood to see a man who "looked like a tramp", but with her husband's features.
    More Details Hide Details He explained that he was Alfred Lennon, the father whom Lennon had supposedly not seen for years. Lennon was annoyed when he came home, telling her for the first time that his father had visited the NEMS office, Epstein's business, a few weeks before. Three years after the meeting in the NEMS office, Alfred Lennon (who was then 56 years old) turned up at Kenwood again with his fiancée, 19-year-old student Pauline Jones. He asked if the Lennons could give Pauline a job, so she was hired to help with Julian and the piles of Beatles' fan mail. Lennon's father and his fiancée then spent a few months living in the attic bedroom. During an interview at Kenwood with Evening Standard reporter Maureen Cleave, Lennon said, "Here I am in my Hansel and Gretel house, famous and loaded, and I can't go anywhere. There's something else I'm going to do, only I don't know what it is, but I do know this isn't it for me".
  • 1964
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It was a mock-Tudor-style house on three acres in Weybridge, where Cliff Richard already lived. Lennon then spent twice the original £20,000 purchase price on renovations for Kenwood, reducing its 22 rooms to 17. The new kitchen was so modern and complicated, someone had to be sent to explain how everything worked, and during the extensive renovations the couple had to live in the attic bedroom for nine months. Although Cynthia enjoyed entertaining in the larger rooms, Lennon could usually be found in a small sunroom at the back of the house overlooking the swimming pool, which was similar to his aunt's conservatory in Liverpool. They had a cat called "Mimi", named after Lennon's aunt. Cynthia took care of Julian herself, without a nanny, although babysitters were frequently employed. She also did the cooking herself, but employed a housekeeper, gardener, and chauffeur, who lived off the premises.
  • 1963
    Age 23
    The press heard rumours about Lennon's wife and child at the end of 1963—after Beatlemania had already swept the UK and Europe—and descended on her mother's house in Hoylake (where mother and son were staying), in November and December.
    More Details Hide Details Friends and neighbours protected their anonymity, but she was often approached by journalists. In November she had her son christened at the Hoylake parish church, but didn't tell Lennon (who was on tour at the time), because she feared a media circus. She told him two days after, and he was angry as he hadn't wanted his son to be christened, even though Epstein had asked to be Julian's godfather. Not long after the christening, every newspaper was full of the story about Lennon's secret wife and baby boy. Epstein told the other Beatles to make the best of the situation, and hoped newspapers would not say Cynthia was pregnant before marrying him. After living at Lennon's aunt's house for some months, the couple moved to London and found a three-bedroomed flat at 13 Emperor's Gate, off Cromwell Road. The top floor flat was the third of three, which were each built over two floors. This meant climbing six flights of stairs, as the building had no lift. Cynthia firstly had to carry Julian up to the flat, and then go back down to collect shopping bags. The Beatles' fans soon found out where they were living, and she would find them camping out in the hallway, and have to push through them when leaving or arriving.
    Around the time of Julian's birth, the Beatles became a pop sensation across Britain, a phenomenon which became known as Beatlemania. That one of the members was married and had a son was not publicly known at the time; a 1963 "Lifelines of the Beatles" page in the New Musical Express detailed over 25 biographical facts about each member of the group, but never gave any hint Lennon was married, even reporting "girls" as one of his hobbies.
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    The Lennons' son, John Charles Julian Lennon, was born at 7.45 am on 8 April 1963, in Sefton Hospital.
    More Details Hide Details Lennon, being on tour at the time, did not see his son until three days later, and when he finally arrived at the hospital, said: "He's bloody marvellous, Cyn!... Who's gonna be a famous rocker like his Dad then?" He then explained that he would be going on a four-day holiday to Barcelona, with Epstein. Lennon later referred to Julian as a "Saturday night special; the way that most people get here", or said that his son "came out of a whisky bottle," suggesting this as explanation for his poor parenting of Julian as compared to his second son, Sean Lennon: "Sean is a planned child, and therein lies the difference. I don't love Julian any less as a child."
  • 1962
    Age 22
    When John was performing in Hamburg with the Beatles, she rented his bedroom from his aunt and legal guardian, Mimi Smith. After Powell became pregnant, she and John were married on 23 August 1962 at the Mount Pleasant register office in Liverpool and from 1964 to 1968, they lived at Kenwood in the Surrey town of Weybridge, where she kept house and participated with her husband in a London-based social life.
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    The Lennons were married on 23 August 1962 at the Mount Pleasant Register office in Liverpool.
    More Details Hide Details Fellow Beatles McCartney and George Harrison were in attendance, as was their manager, Brian Epstein, who was best man; no parents were there. The wedding was farcical, because as soon as the ceremony began a workman in the backyard of the building opposite started using a pneumatic drill which drowned out anything the registrar, Lennon, or Powell said. When the registrar asked for the groom to step forward, Harrison stepped forward instead. With no photographs or flowers the wedding party celebrated afterwards, at Epstein's invitation, in Reece's restaurant in Clayton Square, which was the same restaurant where Lennon's parents, Alfred Lennon and Julia Lennon, had celebrated their marriage in 1938. Lennon was 21 years old, and Powell 22. The newlyweds had no honeymoon, as Lennon had to play an engagement at the Riverpark Ballroom in Chester the same night, although they did travel to the Hotel George V in Paris, for a belated honeymoon on 16 September, but were accompanied by Epstein, even though he had not been invited to join them.
    Shortly after having failed her art teacher's diploma exam, in August 1962, she found she was pregnant with Lennon's child.
    More Details Hide Details She later explained that she and Lennon had never used contraception, had never talked about it, and didn't think about it at the time. When she told Lennon he said, "There's only one thing for it Cyn, we'll have to get married".
    When Lennon went to Hamburg again in April 1962, she found a bedsit in a terraced house at 93 Garmoyle Road, Liverpool.
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  • 1960
    Age 20
    The Beatles' first Hamburg residency took place in 1960, with Lennon writing frequent and passionate letters back home to Powell.
    More Details Hide Details After returning home, Lennon's aunt and legal guardian, Mimi Smith, threw a hand-mirror at him for spending a lot of money on a suede coat for Powell. Smith later referred to her as "a gangster's moll", and was often unpleasant towards her. The Beatles went to Hamburg for a second time in 1961, and both Powell and Dot Rhone (Paul McCartney's girlfriend at the time), visited them two weeks later, during the Easter holidays. They had to stay up all night because of the long sets, with both taking Preludin to stay awake, which the group were also taking. Lennon and Powell stayed with Sutcliffe's girlfriend, Astrid Kirchherr, at her mother's house. After the trip to Hamburg, Powell's mother Lillian said Powell's cousin and husband were emigrating to Canada with their new-born baby, and that she, Lillian, would be going with them while they studied to become teachers. Powell waited until Lennon came back from Hamburg before she asked Smith—who had taken in lodgers before at 251 Menlove Avenue—if she would rent a room to her. Smith rented out the box-room above the front door (which had been Lennon's bedroom), but insisted she also do chores around the house. To pay the rent, she took a job at a Woolworths store in Liverpool, after her student grant had run out. In the same year, when Lennon was 21 years old, he received £100 from his aunt Mater who lived in Edinburgh, and went to Paris with McCartney.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1958
    Age 18
    In the autumn of 1958, she ended her engagement to be with him, and he ended his relationship with another art student, Thelma Pickles.
    More Details Hide Details His jealousy could also manifest itself in violent behaviour towards her, as when he slapped her across the face (causing her head to hit a wall), after watching her dance with Stuart Sutcliffe. After the incident, she broke up with Lennon for three months, but resumed their relationship after his profuse apology. Another time a cleaning woman at the college caught Lennon hitting her and suggested she stay away from him. Her work at art school began to suffer, and teachers told her the relationship with Lennon was doing her no good. Lennon continued to be casually inconsiderate towards her, later saying, "I was in sort of a blind rage for two years. I was either drunk or fighting. It had been the same with other girl friends I'd had. There was something the matter with me." Tony Bramwell—a friend of Lennon's since his youth—later said: "Cynthia was beautiful, physically, and on the inside. Although she knew he Lennon was apt to find love on the road, she was totally dedicated to his success... and extremely influential. He was insecure and Cynthia was there to pump him up, to buttress, sort of, his weak side."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1939
    Born
    Born on September 10, 1939.
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