The View's Barbara Walters threw rose petals over the girl she thinks of as a second daughter. Some reports say that it was the famous lady herself who brought them together, hosting dinner parties and inviting people she knew Paul McCartney would like to meet. Barbara Walters and Nancy Shevell are second cousins.
Nancy Shevell is a very wealthy and successful business woman. She grew up in a Jewish family in New Jersey, daughter of Myron and Arlene Shevell, owners of NEMF, (New England Motor Freight), a large trucking company turning over $400 million a year.
Myron and his brother Daniel started a trucking business and in 1975 and were charged with fraud for alleged Mafia involvement. Although the case never went to trial, the company went bankrupt and Daniel shot himself at the age of 39. In 1988 Myron bought NEMF and was accused of colluding with the head of the Genovese crime family for making payoffs in return for being able to skirt union rules but again, the case never went to trial.
Nancy was a bit of a tomboy. She loved her father's trucks and went with him to truck terminals every weekend. She also played all-girl football at college and majored in transport at university, the only woman to do so at the time. She married Bruce Blakeman who had political ambitions and they had a son together, now aged 19.
Nancy is no stranger to tragedy, her older brother Jon died from a drug overdose and the cancer gene in dominant on the female side of the family. Her mother and two aunts died from the disease and Nancy is herself a cancer survivor.
The wedding was tastefully simple and took place at the Old Marylebone Town Hall. Shevell looked composed, radiant and elegant in a Stella McCartney outfit and as they walked down the steps, Barbara Walters showered rose petals over the girl she considers her "second child". Sir Paul is expected to sing a new song he composed for his wife at the reception.
The couple chose yesterday to get married because it would have been John Lennon's 71st birthday.