In memory of Cynthia.

44 Responses to “In memory of Cynthia.”

  1. Pete F. says:

    RIP Cynthia xx

    I never realized it was Cyn in that first photo. Didn’t she later go blonde to please please John and his fixation on Brigitte Bardot?
    and…
    The pic with Paul says a lot I think

  2. les says:

    Did not know she was ill. Sad day for all Beatle fans. R.I.P. Cynthia.

  3. mcarp555 says:

    I was shocked when I heard the news. Cyn was always there, through thick and thin. Totally dedicated to John, then to Julian. I know she’ll be greatly missed by many. She would be amazed, I’m sure, that she was on the front page today of many UK papers. No doubt she would that thought that the world had forgotten all about her.

    To the memory of the first Beatle wife, the one who set the standard for grace and poise under difficult conditions. The rest tried (and some failed) to follow her example. Our thoughts are with Julian, who has lost his ‘rock’.

  4. Ishie says:

    Such a sad day for all who grew up with Cyn, John & Julian. She was ever so dedicated to her family, kind to fans and always a ‘class act’. She truly tried to make the best out of some very painful & difficult moments so that she could provide a wonderful and loving environment for Julian.
    I had the great fortune of meeting her many years ago at a Beatle convention in CT. She was warm and appreciative of the fans that came to meet her and to hear her talk about her life with & without John. I made her laugh when I mentioned that she was the real ‘Fifth Beatle’.

    In memory of Cyn with gratitude for inviting us into her world and making us feel so very welcomed and to Julian; hold fast to the love you shared and the memories and times spent together. They will be your strength in the days to come.

  5. Nick_L says:

    So many people in the eye of the hurricane got damaged or destroyed but Cynthia was a class apart. She held her head high and kept moving. She was a beautiful, beautiful human being.

  6. Erin says:

    RIP Cynthia. She’s always been my favorite amongst the original Beatle wives; what a class act.

  7. Bill C says:

    It’s starting to feel like more than half of the inner circle are on the other side now.

  8. John S. Damm says:

    That was a lovely tribute to Cynthia! I was absolutely shocked yesterday at the news and then got very sad, like when hearing of Linda’s death although sadly we all knew she had been gravely ill for some time.

    I read Cynthia’s first book from 1978 and never understood why John tried so hard through the legal system to stop it when it was respectful, almost loving still of the man. I also bought her much more recent book but never got around to reading it. That will be my silent tribute to Cynthia this week.

  9. Jorge says:

    Rest in Peace Cyn

  10. Kwai Chang says:

    First picture is beautiful.
    Buddy Hoffy and Cynthia Powell.
    Oh boy!

  11. julian was blessed. his dad was in that eye of the hurricane mess and couldn’t be there for him. but julian was blessed to have a grounded mom who was always a physical presence in his life, while dealing with the stress of being married to a Beatle. Rest in Peace Cynthia.

  12. Alpha Bitch says:

    Always loved, admired, and respected. And certainly never forgotten. Cyn and Julian shared such a strong, united bond of love and loyalty that will sustain and help him now that his most valuable support has gone on. And somehow that old, old love with John that seemed so tarnished and abused by his neglect, well… real love never dies.

  13. Michael says:

    God bless her.

  14. MarkZapp says:

    Very beautiful tribute to Cynthia in photos and words. Thank you for being a great wife and mother. Rest in peace Cynthia.

  15. Another big piece of the puzzle has gone.

    Julian’s video tribute is beautiful.

    http://youtu.be/fsyYqJxf9Qk

  16. Kwai Chang says:

    I think Cyn might agree:

    (There are four phases of this level)
    1. Learn how to live
    2. Learn how not to kill
    3. Learn to live with death
    4. Learn how to die

    Her best work was nearsightedness!
    She loved him first.
    “Sorry, girls…he’s married”???
    That means he’ll get most of the attention.
    What a brave woman.
    Plus I think John was more psychedelic
    only because it was being counter-honed by her straightness.
    She’s cool but she should have seen what was coming.
    You can’t blame it all on the eyes.
    The heart would have told her everything…
    if it hadn’t been wearing a pair of extra-dark RayBans by Denial.
    Goodbye Cynthia…
    In the Buddha Field Of Life
    you were a very beautiful flower!
    Amen

  17. Lizzie says:

    At 12:18 yesterday a Facebook friend sent me the link to Julian’s page, which he told me May Pang had just posted on her page. I couldn’t believe it, so I googled Cyn’s name and there was NOTHING online. For a few minutes I kept thinking someone must have hacked Julian’s page, April fool’s, all that. But the next time I googled her name it was there. I had no idea she was sick, it was a total shock. I saw her several times at her home, at the studios and even at Paul’s house. She was always nice to me. Once I left (or mailed, I can’t remember) a gift for Julian and she mailed me a thank you note and an autographed photo pretending to be John, which I still have. Of course I recognized her handwriting, but that was so sweet of her! She went through a lot, John didn’t have to be so mean to her. But then, he was human like the rest of us. Last night when I went to bed I thought to myself how sad it must be to go to sleep the day your mother dies… May she rest in peace.

  18. That first night, I can’t remember any sadder day in my life, or feeling more alone.

  19. Lizzie says:

    I thought about you too, my dear friend, and Kwai. I’ve been reading all the people writing beautiful things for Jules, like “she’ll always be with you” and stuff like that, but I just think it totally SUCKS that she’s gone. Maybe I’m not so spiritual… It’s just AWFUL for anyone to lose a mother, especially someone who was brought up sort of without a father and has always relied on her for love and support. He doesn’t have a wife and kids, which would probably help. I wish I could hug him and let him cry on my shoulder, like I would do for my own daughter. I hope he has a good support system with his close friends. My parents are both 85, so I have to start getting used to the idea of losing them. It just crossed my mind that my (late) musician ex-husband was quite mean to me and our child. You survive, for sure, but not without scars. I’m going to listen to a cd of a lady playing Chopin solo piano now and work on my book, which by the way, is coming out so beautiful – I can’t wait for you all to see my photos, I love them so much! One problem is explaining to my designer that I need ALL the photos (the good, the bad and the ugly!) in the book, and many of them BIG. She has a wonderful eye for design but I need to tend to my photo crazy (like me) future readers! Ok, confession time is over. Yet another of my huge posts, I should be ashamed… Have a nice holiday, everyone.

  20. Lizzie says:

    I just feel so “at home” here, like I’m talking to a bunch of close friends… Though I tend to forget that there must be hundreds of people who read and not comment… and think I’m an old bore! (By the way, I hope Jules cries a lot, and doesn’t try to be strong. There’s a time for everything).

  21. Kwai Chang says:

    @Lizzie…
    There is nothing old or boring about Mothers that Love their children…
    Or, about Friendship that calls from the heart.
    There just isn’t enough of either in this world.
    Be proud and hold your head high.
    There is only Honor in helping Nature teach us all…
    …that, this Life is only about one thing.
    This Life is about letting go of the things you love.
    Most never learn…
    But even fewer know it and remain humble and fearless
    letting the heart do what it does best.
    Besides, the important things are invisible to the eye, anyway!
    Betty, you are there!
    Very cool.
    (wink)
    KC

  22. JD says:

    Some are dead and some are living…

  23. Derek says:

    Cheers to you, Cynthia Lennon. Nice one.

  24. George A says:

    Nice comments from all.

    Cyn always had my ultimate respect. I met her at a book signing, cordial and allowed plenty of photos with us.

    It’s so sad, how fragile we all are. Truly feel for Julian on this Easter Sunday, Wed 8th of April is Julian’s 52nd birthday. I still love the lullaby for Julian “Good Night”, closing song on the double White Album.

    Cyn was there from the early calligraphy class and Quarrymen, right through the eye of the Hurricane. But most of all, she was a loving mother.

  25. Nick D. says:

    She was a great lady with a lot of dignity and class. Gone way too soon…

  26. Lizzie, and anyone else for that matter, never appologise for any feelings expressed here. This is a chilled place of friendship. If we can’t speak about how we feel here, amongst friends, then i’ve failed in my purpose for this blog.

  27. Lizzie says:

    Dear Miss Tammy, I won’t apologize anymore, I promise! It’s just that my posts are so huge… But then again, most of you haven’t met me in person to know that I do talk a lot, when it comes to the boys. I can be quite shy otherwise. I’m off to work on the book. We believe all photos and images will be in place by the end of the month, or earlier. It’s not an easy book to put together, since there’s images everywhere, there’s no “photo section”. I am seriously considering making an e-book of this Portuguese version, so everyone can see the photos soon, even if you don’t speak my language. I am hoping to get back to the translation on Sunday. What do you all think?

  28. Bob says:

    Yes, Lizzie, we’d *love* an e-book, so we can see your photos sooner!

  29. Since 1963 says:

    With Cynthia now gone forever, the original circle is dwindling. I am fully aware of the fact that the time will come when that circle will forever disappear. I hate to think of the world without any of them. That’s why Lizzie’s book is so important to me.
    Although I like the idea of e-books, Lizzie, I’m the kind of person who loves real books (to the detriment of trees) and the feeling of holding a book, feeling its pages, studying the words (and pictures).
    I am eagerly awaiting the English version of your book, since your words are equally important to me. I am experiencing The Beatles vicariously through your memories, writing, and photographs. Please let us know as soon as we can attain your book. I’ve been camping out first in line ever since you first mentioned thinking about starting it.

  30. Lizzie says:

    Thank you, Bob and Since, and yes, there will be printed versions of both books. Going back to Cyn, it’s really sad. Like Linda, she will never hold a grandchild… She was still young. Very sad indeed. I wonder how Julian is coping.

  31. love that first pic! cyn has that naughty “hey johnny wait til i get you alone” look in her eyes for JL.

    really appreciate the chance for us to share our comments re: cyn’s passing here. when we lost john in 1980 there was no internet so it was painful to not be able to have a forum like this and chat with other fans. i remember joe pope and i exchanged letters just after we lost john – i’m sure Joe is prob up there in heaven sharing a laugh with john & cyn.

  32. Bob says:

    Fwiw, Lizzie, I’ve changed my mind, & agree with Since. (I wrote my comment in haste, because I saw that no one had yet responded to you.) We are greatly anticipating your book!

  33. Lizzie says:

    Thank you, Bob. I am working really hard, so many hours in front of a computer my eyes are kinda funny – but it’s turning out more beautiful than I could ever imagine. The photos look amazing: I’m so lucky that only a few have “leaked”online. Most of them have never been seen. I still get emotional when I realize John is looking straight at me for a photo – and ONLY at me for that split second! Teenager’s paradise…

  34. Cara says:

    Wow, can’t wait for that photo, Lizzie! Or the book, tbh. I say publish the e-book. I speak Spanish so I think I’ll understand at least 50% of the written Portuguese. (Aren’t I the selfish Beatle fan?) And there’s always Google Translate! 😉

    Seriously, I think you should follow your heart when it comes to the publishing. We are all anxiously anticipating your unseen photos, but I’m sure my fellow Beatle heads agree that you should put them out in the way that makes you the most happy.

  35. Lizzie says:

    Thank you Cara! Believe me when I tell you I am doing this book with all of you in mind. When we are placing the photos I tell my designer which ones I want full page, I am beside her all the time giving my input as a fan. I am looking at them as if I had never seen them before. I have to be mad to be doing this all by myself. I sent my project to several publishers in the US and UK along the way, nobody wanted it. But I know the fans want it, and I’m doing this for myself and for you, to share this journey that sometimes is hard for me to believe actually happened. How could a little girl from Brazil end up singing in the same microphone with her idol John Lennon less than a year after arriving in London? I want to thank each one of you for your love and support during all these years. It means a lot, honestly!

  36. Erin says:

    @Lizzie- I cannot tell you how much I’m looking forward to the English version of your book! :) Best of luck in the final stages of putting it together. I know it’s going to be amazing.

  37. Lizzie says:

    Thank you so much, Erin! I know it’s taking me FOREVER, but… Try typing my diaries, letters and notes, plus those of my friends who are part of the book (Denise’s handwriting is awful, I had to use a magnifying glass to figure it out), writing the book in two languages, scanning hundreds of photos and images while being a housewife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter of elderly parents, working for a living, etc. etc. yikes! It’s a mix of mopping the kitchen floor with answering my mother’s 4th phone call of the day with scanning some photos again because the designer needs them with more dpi… I have to confess, though, that I stalled MANY times during this process. It’s scary to open your teenage diaries like that… I am still afraid of all the criticism I know I will get. But one thing I’m sure of: the photos are superb, the dialogues between Denise, me and Paul are funny, the reports of seeing the boys almost every day are interesting and all the women my age or younger that were in love with John will understand all my “passionate”teenage remarks. What else will happen… I don’t know!

  38. maria.m says:

    dear Lizzie, all best for the work on your book, which the WORLD is waitung for! follow your heart and stay gold

  39. Lizzie says:

    Thank you maria.m: I spent another full day at my designer’s office today. We are 4 photos shy of finishing 1967 – the longest and hardest year because most of my photos are from that time. I think we are at page 240… We should be finished by the end of next week, since 1968 and 1969 have much less photos, and the chapter for the recording session is ready. I am stunned at how FANTASTIC my photos look… I know them all by heart, but what she did to them just blows my mind! Be well, everyone. I am beat, going to sleep.

  40. MarkC says:

    Funny thing about that first phot: it looks as if she’s looking up at Paul singing in the full frame.

  41. Tammy says:

    Lizzie, you want scary?, wait till i open up MY dairies :-)

    1998 will be as big as Mark’s deluxe ‘Tune in’, tho, i’m sure my audience will be a little more ‘Niche’ :-)

  42. Alex of Bronx says:

    Lizzie,
    You have both your parents around, your husband, daughter,sister and grandchild, you are working and you hung out with The Beatles.
    God smiled upon you Lizzie Bravo !!!

  43. stephenmcg says:

    Yes Pete F,the grapefruit group launch pictureis very telling,knowing Paul knew but did she know then.
    Best tribute Ive seen Tammy,and so little media that you wernt sure at the time.

  44. Lizzie says:

    Miss Tammy, you have me laughing when I should be scanning! Bigger than the de luxe Tune In???? WOW!!! I hope I’ll be included in that select audience… Hi Alex of the Bronx, God did smile upon me, for sure, but a few corrections: my ex-husband died of a sudden heart attack in 2009 and I have a brother but no sister.

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