Francie Schwartz

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Francie Schwartz (born 1944) is an American scriptwriter[1] and the former girlfriend, during late 1968, of Paul McCartney, who referred to her as "Franny". At the time, McCartney was engaged to British actress Jane Asher, who broke off her engagement with McCartney after finding them in bed together.[2][3] In 1972, Schwartz wrote an account of these events in her autobiography, Body Count.

Affair with McCartney[edit]

After the 23 year old Schwartz read about the Beatles' formation of Apple Corps, in the American magazine Rolling Stone, she was intrigued, and then traveled to London to see if one of her scripts was of interest to Apple, which she regarded as the "non-establishment".[1] She met the Beatles when they were engaged in recording what would be known as the White Album.

Her film script was about a street violinist and actor she had met while he was performing his act in front of Carnegie Hall in New York City. She thought the story would be perfect for Paul McCartney, with the addition of his lyrical and romantic musical melodies. She arrived in London on 3 April 1968 and, a few days later, walked into the reception room of Apple's original offices at 95 Wigmore Street. This was prior to Apple Corp's move to the well-known Savile Row building later in 1968. McCartney was standing in the room, engaged in conversation with some business contacts. A relationship soon developed and he later invited her to move in with him at 7 Cavendish Avenue[2] in St John's Wood, where he was living at the time. McCartney gave her a job at Apple, working for Derek Taylor, Apple Corp's public relations manager, writing press releases for various Apple Corp's artists including James Taylor, Mary Hopkin, Badfinger and Jackie Lomax.[4]

While Jane Asher was away on holiday, Schwartz lived with McCartney. Schwartz says they had nicknames for one another: he was "Mr. Plump" and she was "Clancy".[5] According to most accounts, Asher returned to find McCartney and Schwartz in bed together. One fan who regularly loitered around McCartney's house on Cavendish Avenue 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 arrived to retrieve Jane's things.[6] Schwartz later stated in her book Body Count that McCartney had told her that he and Asher had broken up before their affair begain, but she did not deny that Asher found them in bed together. She insists that Asher "knocked" on the bedroom door first.[7]

After this incident, the relationship quickly deteriorated. McCartney apparently asked Schwartz to leave several times before she finally left permanently. Beatles associate Tony Barrow believed that Paul "used her" to break up with Jane.[8]

Memories of The White Album[edit]

Schwartz was present, as was John Lennon's girlfriend Yoko Ono, at some recording sessions for the White Album. She said, at this time, she "was almost always stoned" and "the four (Beatles) began to diverge as artists during these sessions".[1] Lennon and Ono came to live at Cavendish Avenue temporarily as guests while Schwartz was living there. Schwartz says that Lennon was upset one morning after McCartney sent a note to Lennon, which referred to Ono as a "Jap tart", but McCartney insisted that it was intended as a joke.[8][9][10]

Schwartz told an author that she sang in the backup "doo-wop" verses of on "Revolution 1". When asked about the song in an interview, John Lennon commented, "I thought it was about Francie Swartz [sic]." [11]

On Sunday, 28 July 1968, the Beatles decided to spend what became known as "A Mad Day Out",[12] being photographed at several random locations around London. Schwartz was given the task of picking suitable photographic sites. War photographer Don McCullin was the primary cameraman, with additional photographers Ronald Fitzgibbon, Stephen Goldblatt, Tom Murray,[13] and Beatles friend and Apple executive Tony Bramwell coming along as well. Beatles' assistant Mal Evans also took pictures. Ono and Schwartz were also present.[14] In February 2010, Tom Murray[13] unearthed many of the "Mad Day Out" photographs and put them on display at the Three White Walls Gallery[13] in Birmingham, England.

Later events[edit]

In the late 1970s, Lennon received a letter, allegedly from Schwartz, in which the author stated that she had become pregnant by McCartney and had borne his child. Lennon appears to have believed this letter to be true. Schwartz has denied having written any such letter and stated she had no children.[15]

In September 1999, Schwartz reconnected with Yoko Ono in SoHo for a "mini-reunion".[16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The "White Album girlfriend" tells all, including picture of Francie". Retrieved 20 September 2008.
  2. ^ a b "The Beatles topic on ebaY". Retrieved 20 September 2008.
  3. ^ Harry, Bill (2000). The Beatles Encyclopaedia (2000 paperback edition; first published 1992). London: Virgin Publishing, London W6 9HA. p. 403. ISBN 0-7535-0481-2.
  4. ^ Fontenot, Robert; Schwartz, Francie. "Francie Schwartz: The "White Album girlfriend" tells all". About.com. p. 1. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  5. ^ Sounes, Howard, "She'd had 20 lovers in two years. Now Linda was out to snare Paul McCartney - no matter who stood in her way", Daily Mail, 16 August, 2010.
  6. ^ Norman, Philip (1981). "The True Story of The Beatles" (first published 1981). London: Hamish Hamilton, Long Acre, London WC2E 9JZ. p. 400. ISBN 0-241-10300-2.
  7. ^ Schwartz, Francie (1972). Body Count, an early autobiography. p. 88. ISBN 978-0-87932-029-4.
  8. ^ a b Sounes,, Howard, Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney, Da Capo Press, 2010, p.220.
  9. ^ The full message was "you and your Jap tart think you're hot shit". Some sources refer to this as a "postcard", others as a "typewritten" message left in an envelope; Peter Doggett, You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup, Random House, 2010, p.49.
  10. ^ "John Lennon's homes – Cavendish Avenue (temporary)". Archived from the original on 17 September 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2008.
  11. ^ Francie Swartz 1999
  12. ^ ""Mad Day Out" pictures on Time magazine site". 8 December 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  13. ^ a b c "Tom Murray Website with "Mad Day Out" print". Retrieved 20 February 2010.
  14. ^ "DM Beatles site – day by day history for 1968, includes locations and Schwartz attendance at Abbey Road Studios". Retrieved 20 September 2008.
  15. ^ Giuliano, Geoffery, Lennon in America: 1971-1980, Based in Part on the Lost Lennon Diaries, Cooper Square Press, 2001, p.204-5.
  16. ^ Kopp, D.M., 1999, October, 20. Reflecting with Yoko on leadership, Orlando Business Journal, p. 35
  17. ^ Daily Mail, Accessed 17 September 2012