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elizabeth_mitchell_the_linda_mc_cartney_story_28129.jpgActress helps convey the appeal of McCartney
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Before winning the title role in The Linda McCartney Story, actress Elizabeth Mitchell knew only one thing about her character: She was Mrs. Paul McCartney.  But the more she found out, the more she liked the woman McCartney called Lin.

“I think she was an amazing person,” Mitchell says, “and I hope that people after watching the movie want to know more about her. She did amazing things for cancer research and animal activism. Good Lord, she made $300 million selling food because she wanted to save animals. That’s a pure heart right there, and that’s gorgeous.”

Linda McCartney’s activism isn’t emphasized in the movie, which airs from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday on WISH . The Linda McCartney Story is largely a love story between one of the most famous men in the world and the woman who won his heart.  The movie has its problems — giant gaps of time are missing, and the crowd scenes are awfully phony-looking — but Mitchell is its greatest asset. She’s so radiant and dynamic as Linda that it’s understandable why someone as famous as McCartney (played by Gary Bakewell) would fall in love with her and remain completely devoted.

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TV Data Features Syndicate Interview About The Linda McCartney Story

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elizabeth_mitchell_the_linda_mc_cartney_story_28129.jpgMitchell moved by bond between Linda and Paul
by John Crook (TV Data Features Syndicate)

TV movies happen very quickly, but asking Elizabeth Mitchell to step into Linda McCartney’s shoes on five days’ notice seems a little extreme.

Still, the actress – currently basking in glowing reviews for her work in the hit movie Frequency – says she had no big problem with her role in The Linda McCartney Story, a CBS movie premiering Sunday at 10 p.m.

Mitchell credits screenwriter Christine Berardo (Nicholas’ Gift), who based her teleplay largely on the Danny Field’s biography Linda McCartney: A Portrait, with making her task much easier.

“Usually I do my own research, but she had done an amazing amount of background and just put it all into my arms,” Mitchell says with a laugh. “I just pored through all that, plus read everything I could – every Beattle book ever written, you name it. Fortunately, since Linda was in the entertainment world, I was able fairly readily to find a lot of people who had met her. And they all just adored her.”

The actress says it was easy to get a handle on McCartney simply because there was nothing false about her.

“Linda was just so true to herself,” Mitchell says, “even from the beginning. Her parents wanted her to be one thing, but she knew what she wanted. And later the world seemed to want her to be something else, but she stayed true to herself and her husband.”

Linda Eastman, a photographer, met Bettle’s Paul McCartney (Gary Bakewell, who played the same role in the movie Blackbeat9 in 1965 when she accepted a Rolling Stone assignment over the advice of her attorney father, Lee (George Segal).

Love slowly blossomed between the two, but when they finally married, Paul’s fans pitched an unholy tantrum.

The new Mrs. Paul McCartney had to surmount yet another hurdle after her husband insisted she join his new band, Wings. She was trashed, to put it mildly, but Mitchell says the CBS movie makes it clear she never wanted to be in the band in the first place.
“Linda said, ‘I’m a photographer, I can’t sing,’ but Paul said, ‘But you’re my best friend and I want you with me,'” Mitchell says. “She did it reluctantly and, oh, what horrible abuse she took!”

The world watched as Linda succumbed to cancer – her husband, while grieving privately, totally fell apart at his loss – and Mitchell says the TV movie, which was not available for review, tries to deal with that part of their lives sensitively.

“I literally got sick myself – with a fever of 103 – playing those late scenes, just because it was such an intense experience.”

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The Linda McCartney Story | Variety Review

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elizabeth_mitchell_the_linda_mc_cartney_story_28129.jpg[…] As Linda, Elizabeth Mitchell is especially strong in the early going, and the telepic manages a nice balancing act. Linda sleeps with rock stars, falls immediately in love with Paul and takes an active role in pursuing one of the most famous men in the world, yet she always comes off as totally genuine. So many telepics take their primary subject and put them into a passive role — more acted upon than acting. The first half of “The Linda McCartney Story” avoids this trap, and the film moves along at a rapid pace, interweaving the couple’s early years together and the later times when Linda discovers her cancer. […]

[…] Mitchell does her best to show Linda’s stern-faced determination. […]

[…] Mitchell and Bakewell — who also played McCartney in the film “Backbeat” — capture enough chemistry to make the overall romance work. […]

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Elizabeth Mitchell will be playing Linda McCartney

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elizabeth_mitchell_the_linda_mc_cartney_story_28129.jpgElizabeth Mitchell, who co-stars with Dennis Quaid in New Line’s upcoming “Frequency,” will portray the title character in the CBS/Mandalay “Linda McCartney” biopic, airing in May. Also on board are Gary Bakewell, reprising his interpretation of Paul McCartney (see 1993’s “Backbeat”) and George Segal. Mitchell is repped by Paradigm and managed by Seven Summits.

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