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Cynthia Lennon

John Lennon's first wife

Died when: 75 years 203 days (906 months)
Star Sign: Virgo


Cynthia Lennon

Cynthia Lennon (née Powell; 10 September 1939 – 1 April 2015) was the first wife of John Lennon and the mother of Julian Lennon.

Born in Blackpool and raised in Hoylake on the Wirral Peninsula, she attended the Liverpool College of Art where Lennon was also a student.

Powell and Lennon started a relationship after meeting in a calligraphy class.When Lennon was performing in Hamburg with the Beatles, Powell rented his bedroom at 251 Menlove Avenue in the Liverpool suburb of Woolton from his aunt and legal guardian, Mimi Smith.

After Powell became pregnant, she and Lennon married in August 1962, and the couple lived at Kenwood in Weybridge from 1964 to 1968, where she kept house and participated with Lennon in a London-based social life.

In 1968, Lennon left her for Japanese artist Yoko Ono; as a result, the couple's divorce was legally granted in November 1968 on the grounds of adultery.

Powell had three further marriages.She published a book of memoirs, A Twist of Lennon, in 1978, and a more intimate biography, John, in 2005.

Over the years, she held several auctions of memorabilia associated with her life with Lennon.In her later years she lived in Calvià, Majorca, where she died in 2015.

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