Feb. 18th, 1933
Yoko Ono's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2007 - Pornorama
2006 - The U.S. vs. John Lennon
1988 - Imagine: John Lennon
1984 - The Compleat Beatles
1970 - Let It Be
Guest TV Roles
Yoko Ono was born on February 18, 1933, in her ancestral estate in Tokyo. Her father, named Eisuke Ono, was the descendant of a 9th Century Emperor of Japan. Her mother, named Isoko Yasuda Ono, was the granddaughter of Zenijiro Yasuda, the founder of Yasuda Bank. Yoko was 2 years old when she was brought to California, and joined her father for the first time. She returned to Japan before WWII and survived the bombings of Tokyo in 1945. Yoko went to school with Emperor Hirohito's two sons. Though boys and girls were separated, Yoko was visited by Emperor's son Yoshi, and in turn she visited the boy's school in defiance of the rules. In the early 50s she and her parents moved to New York. She went to Sarah Lawrence College, where she was particularly adept in music, with her perfect pitch and untamed creativity. She married a Julliard student, Toshi Ichiyanagi, and moved to Manhattan. Her admiration with Franz Kafka, Vincent van Gogh, and Arnold Schönberg gave root and was fertilized by the New York avant-garde scene.
In 1960 Yoko and her friend La Monte Young staged the legendary loft events on Chambers Street. She also provided the loft for John Cage (I) and his ground-braking classes of experimental music. She collaborated with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Nam June Paik, George Maciunas and Fluxus. Yoko cut herself from her parents and was on her own, working as a waitress, an apartment manager, and a music teacher in New York's public schools. In 1962, after separating from Toshi, she gave in to her parents and returned to Japan. There she suffered from a clinical depression, and was locked up in a mental hospital. Anthony Cox (I) went to Japan and managed to release Yoko from captivity. She married Cox in Tokyo the same year, and their daughter, Kyoko, was born in 1963. Cox became her artistic assistant. But in 1964 they separated and Cox returned to New York. Yoko joined him the same year with Kyoko. She dreamed up the concept for 'Bottoms' (1966), completed only after 365 friends and volunteers provided their naked buttocks for close-ups. Her ad was "Intelligent-looking bottoms wanted for filming. Possessors of unintelligent-looking ones need not apply." Yoko promoted 'Bottoms' (1966) by being tied to a bronze lion in London's Trafalgar Square.
She met John Lennon (I) at her art show in London on November 9, 1966. At first they were impressed with each other's intellect, everything else followed later. They married. John was lambasted by the British public. Yoko lost her daughter Kyoko ( ex-husband Cox kidnapped Kyoko in 1971 and hid her under the name Rosemary in the cult The Walk ) for 27 years. Finally in 1998 Yoko and Kyoko reunited. John and Yoko were together 24/7 for six years until their fifteen-month break in 1973-74. Back together again they sustained attacks from the media, politicians, and all kinds of harassers. John and Yoko created art, music, and had a son. They nourished each other's artistic nature with enough humor to survive through almost everything. Almost...
- Supports same-sex marriage.
- Some time after her husband's murder, Ono began a relationship with antiques dealer Sam Havadtoy, which lasted until 2001. They were never legally married.
- Took out a full-page ad in The New York Times that read simply "IMAGINE PEACE" (5 January 2008).
- Gave birth to Kyoko Chan Cox (aka 'Kyoko Ono Cox' (qv)) on 3 August 1963.
- Is portrayed by 'Mariko Takai' (qv) in _Chapter 27 (2007)_ (qv).
- Ranked #84 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
- Owns the copyrights and masters to her Apple Records releases, including "Two Virgins" and "Life With The Lions", recorded with 'John Lennon (I)' (qv); with none of the records initially selling well, Lennon had to pay Apple for them, as part of the Beatles' partnership settlement. In the 1990s, with interest regenerated, Ono re-released her music through Ryko, after turning down another label that only wanted her albums with Lennon.
- 'Elton John' (qv) is the godfather of her son 'Sean Lennon' (qv)
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