Barbara Walters Was a Yenta for Paul McCartney and Her Niece Nancy Shevell

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Paul McCartney and fiance Nancy Shevell.
Paul McCartney and fiance Nancy Shevell. Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

From the Observer today:

“Barbara was [MTA board member and niece Nancy Shevell's] emotional confidante and played matchmaker,” a friend of the couple told the Observer. “She gave numerous dinner parties for them and always made sure to invite people she knew that Paul would want to meet.” The friend added that the broadcast vet also coached Ms. Shevell on how to behave around the musician, helping her to beat out a number of other aspirants for Mr. McCartney’s eye, including Rosanna Arquette. Ms. Walters’s strategy was clear: Look at Heather Mills, and do precisely the opposite. “They took a page from the old regime and made sure not to make the same mistakes.” Among other shrewd moves, Ms. Shevell has made a point of wearing Stella’s designs to various parties, ensuring maximum press coverage (Ms. Mills had done the same thing, but Ms. Shevell is said to have done it with more sincerity and panache).


Wait, so all it takes to get in with a multimillionaire rock legend is to not be as crazy as Heather Mills and Rosanna Arquette? Who knew L'Wren Scott had it so easy?

How Trucker-Girl Nancy Shevell Became Lady McCartney [Observer]