Heather Mills Biography (1968-)

heather-mills, , . was born on January 12, 1968 in Aldershot, Hampshire, England. When she was just nine, Mills’ mother left her and her siblings in the care of her abusive father. After her father went to prison, Mills ended up in London, living with her mother. As a teenager, Mills ran away from home and found herself homeless. Mills tried her hand at modeling and found her calling. She became quite successful and, in 1989, she reunited with her mother, only to lose her to a blood clot developed during minor surgery.

Mills married Alfie Karmal in 1989, but the two divorced in 1991. In 1990, Mills moved to Yugoslavia to take a break from modeling. While there she was horrified by the injuries caused by the civil war raging around her. She turned to modeling once again to raise money for war refugees. Back in London in 1993, she was struck by a police motorcycle and lost her left leg below the knee. Mills used her injuries to call attention to the plight of all refugees and even conducted interviews from her hospital bed.

Mills continued her activism and became engaged to Chris Terrill, a film maker. Just before their wedding, Mills met and fell in love with Sir Paul McCartney, of The Beatles fame. McCartney and Mills were married in Ireland in June 2002, four years after the death of McCartney’s first wife, Linda. Heather and Paul have since divorced, but their union produced one child: Beatrice Milly McCartney, born in 2003.

In conjunction with her humanitarian work, Mills is committed to animal rights. She campaigns against the use of cat and dog fur in clothing and visited eastern Canada with her then husband to protest the annual seal hunt there. She is an active member of PETA and Viva!, which is Britain’s leading vegetarian, vegan, and animal rights organization. She is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Association of the USA. Mills is a patron the Adopt-a-Minefield and proceeds from her updated autobiography, A Single Step, will be donated to that cause.

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