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Yoko Ono is living a full life, setting her name in stone as a visual, multimedia and performance artist, singer-songwriter and a peace and human rights activist.
From a tender age, she moved a lot between Japan and America. At the age of 4, she began to learn to play the piano. While studying poetry, English literature and music at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, she began to exhibit her artistic prowess, using La Monte Young’s Tribeca loft as her performance space.
Best Known For
She is famed for both her conjugal and artistic collaboration with John Lennon, releasing 8 albums with him and another 14 as the lead of the Plastic Ono Band with songs like Walking on Thin Ice and Starting Over.
She has won 9 awards including a Grammy in 1982 for the joint album, Double Fantasy.
Yoko is straight and until his death in 1984, was the wife of late Beatles superstar, John Lennon. They got married in 1969 after dating for almost 3 years. Her first marriage was to Toshi Ichinayagi in 1956 but they split in 1962 before getting married to Anthony Cox in 1963 until their final split in 1969.
Until 2001, she was dating Sam Havadtoy since John’s death.
Yoko comes from an affluent family with Eisuke and Isoko Ono as her parents and Keisuke as her younger brother. Her first child is Kyoko Chan Cox (b. 1963) and her second is Sean Lennon (b. 1975).
Although Yoko was raised as a Christian and a Buddhist, she considers herself as a spiritual person, mixing her beliefs with astrology, mysticism and some Eastern philosophies.
Worth To Know
She received heavy backlash from the press and fans, saying she married Lennon for his fame and wealth and she is responsible for the Beatles break-up.
Her name translates to “ocean child”.
She was separated from her daughter for almost 30 years.