Heather Mills is a former model and contestant on ABC’s TV hit show, “Dancing With the Stars”. Currently, she’s an animal rights activist and a charity campaigner. Her name and face didn’t mean much to the American population. Until Mills married ex-Beatle Paul McCartney in 2002, that is. Since then- especially now that they’re in the midst of a bitter divorce- she has become a recognized name across America. Here are 10 interesting facts about Heather Mills:
The Freak Accident That Claimed Her Left Leg
1. Heather Mills was crossing a street in London on August 8, 1993, when a speeding police motorcycle collided with her. The accident mangled her left leg, broke her pelvis, punctured her lung, cracked ribs and caused her numerous fractures. Mill’s leg had to be amputated right beneath her knee. She also has a metal plate in her pelvis.
A First on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”
2. According to the show’s website, Heather Mills was the very first competitor to have a prosthesis. She fell once during a dance, but overall, Mills did quite well. She competed for several weeks before being voted off. Mills managed to earn 24 points out of a possible 30 for dancing the Mamba and the Jive, and 23 for the Waltz and the Paso Doble with her partner Jonathon Roberts.
3. Heather Mills: A Charitable Activist
An interesting fact about Heather Mills is that all the money she earned on “Dancing With the Stars” went to VIVA.org.uk, “Vegetetarians International Voice for Animals”.
4. Do You Know What Her Legal Name Is?
Another interesting fact about Mills is her legal name. Although she goes by simply “Heather Mills”, actually, her legal name changed to “Lady Heather Mills McCartney after she married ex-Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney, in 2002.
5. Who She Named Her Daughter After
Heather Mills and husband Paul McCartney gave birth to a baby daughter on October 28, 2003. “Beatrice Milly McCartney” was named after Mill’s late mother and McCartney’s aunt.
6. The “I Do Care” Website
Here’s another interesting fact about Heather Mills: She’s a Vegan, meaning that she eats and uses no products that come from animals, is working on her new online company, “I Do Care.” Her company will market organic beauty merchandise. It will also give her a forum for her activism. The website is scheduled to go live later in 2007.
7. Heather Mills’ Former Employment
Mills’ modeling experience includes a hitch posing in the “Silver Rose” lingerie catalog. She also modeled for a German sex manual titled, “Die Freuden Der Liebe” in 1988. Translated, it means “The Joys of Love.” The manual was published in America under the name, “Sex Games.”
8. Early Family Life in England
Heather Mills was born on January 12, 1968 in Washington, Tyne and Wear, England, to Mark and Beatrice Mills. She has a younger brother and a sister. Her father was a cruel man, and Mills’ mother took off when the girl was just nine. Mills then had to take over caring for her siblings until her father was sent to prison for fraud four years later. Mills and her siblings then lived with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend until Heather ran off and lived on the streets.
9. The Main Men in Heather Mills’ Life
Mills met her first husband, Alfie Karmal, a computer executive, at a bar when she was in her teens. They married on May 6, 1989 and divorced in 1991. Sometime later in the 1990’s, Mills became a mistress to George Kazan, a multi-millionaire businessman. Then, she met Sir Paul McCartney at the annual “Pride of Britain” awards in May of 1999. He was there to receive an award for his late wife Linda. Mills and McCartney began dating, and she ended up breaking off her engagement to film maker Chris Terrill.
10. Heather Mills’ Major Accomplishments
The last interesting fact about Mills is the main accomplishments she has done thus far. She is a United Nations Association’s Goodwill Ambassador and an activist for “Adopt-a-Minefield.” She also founded the “Heather Mills Health Trust” for amputees after he accident. In 1986, Mills founded a modeling agency called “ExSell”. She is a Nobel Peace prize nominee, and she penned her autobiography, “A Single Step.” Heather Mills donates the money to the “Adopt-a-Minefield” campaign.