Lee Starkey
Fashion Designer
Lee Starkey
Lee Starkey is Ringo Starr's daughter with his first wife Maureen Starkey. She was co-owner of boutique Planet Alice in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
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  • 2001
    In 2001, the tumour returned and Starkey went back to Boston for more treatment.
    More Details Hide Details She lives in London and is currently a make-up artist and a fledging fashion designer. Since 2006, she's dating Kasabian's guitarist Jay Mehler, and on June 2009, they announced that they were expecting triplets. She has been seen at her brothers' concerts, fashion shows given by Stella McCartney, and other charitable events, while keeping a private profile.
  • 1998
    In 1998, Starkey sang backup vocals on “La De Da” on Ringo Starr’s Vertical Man.
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  • 1995
    She returned to Britain in December 1995 to spend Christmas with the family.
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    In August 1995, Starkey collapsed and was rushed to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
    More Details Hide Details She had previously had numbness in her leg and arm. Starr and Zak Starkey, touring together in the United States, cancelled their band tour to be by her side. She was transferred to a hospital in the United States to continue on with her treatments. Within three weeks, she was undergoing a second operation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. She was then given radiation therapy. Christian Paris was frequently seen accompanying her when she underwent check-ups in the years that followed. She moved into her stepfather’s house on Mulholland Drive in the San Fernando Valley to recuperate. Her maternal grandmother, Flo Cox, and her half-sister, Augusta Tigrett, also lived there.
  • 1994
    In 1994, Starkey rushed to her mother's side when Maureen was diagnosed with leukaemia.
    More Details Hide Details She stayed with her mother, taking care of her. On 30 December 1994, she was at her mother's bedside when she died.
  • 1989
    Her mother married Isaac Tigrett in 27 May 1989 and moved to Los Angeles, prompting Lee to ask her partner if they could relocate their boutique there, which they did in 1991, when Lee was 20.
    More Details Hide Details At the official opening of the store, situated on Melrose Avenue, Ringo Starr and Bach and the Tigretts were in attendance. During the year, Lee moved into a house in Beverly Hills, which she shared with her brothers, Jason and Zak, her mother, step-father, and half sister, Augusta, but when her boutique closed within a year, she returned to Britain, to the flat next to Warwick Avenue where Starr used to live in the 1970s. Lee continued as a fashion designer after the shop's closure but her career came to a hiatus within a couple of years due to events in her personal life.
    In addition, she co-starred in an Oldsmobile car commercial with her father in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details As a teenager, Lee was into the punk/goth scene and dressed in black with purple hair. In the late 1980s, with friend Christian Paris, Lee opened a clothes boutique called Planet Alice in Portobello Road, London, which specialised in 1960s-era clothes.
  • 1974
    While Starr went to California, Maureen stayed at home caring for Starkey and her two older brothers, Jason and Zak Starkey. Their parents separated in 1974 and divorced in 1975, when she was almost 5 years old. Maureen got custody of the children while Starr was allowed visitation rights. On 27 April 1981, Starr remarried actress Barbara Bach.
    More Details Hide Details Lee Starkey was one of the bridesmaids, alongside new stepsister Francesca Gregorini. During the rest of the 1980s, she continued on with school, but was unable to choose a career. After leaving King Alfred’s School in Hampstead at 16 with no qualifications, she worked for a time at Tower Records and enrolled briefly in drama school, but dropped out, having disliked it. She enrolled in a make-up artist's school and though she achieved a diploma, also disliked the activity. She also worked at Hard Rock Cafe, which was owned by her stepfather, Isaac Tigrett.
  • 1970
    Born in 1970.
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