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Ono, Yoko

Born: 1933 AD
Currently alive, at 82 years of age.
Nationality: Japanese
Categories: Artists, Musicians

1933 – Born on February 18th 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.

1935 – Yoko was 2 years old when she was brought to California, and joined her father for the first time.

1945 – She returned to Japan before WWII and survived the bombings of Tokyo.

1955 – Played her first public concert at the age of four, and her first composition "Secret Piece".

1959 – She moved to join her family in Scarsdale, New York, where she attended Sarah Lawrence College.

1960 – Yoko and her friend La Monte Young staged the legendary loft events on Chambers Street.

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 went to Japan and managed to release Yoko from captivity. She married Cox in Tokyo the same year, and their daughter, Kyoko, was born the following year.

1964 – They separated and Cox returned to New York. Yoko joined him the same year with Kyoko.

1966 – She dreamed up the concept for ‘Bottoms’, 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’ by being tied to a bronze lion in London’s Trafalgar Square.

         – She met John Lennon at her art show in London on November 9th.

1969 – Married to John Lennon on March 20th.

1971 – Yoko lost her daughter Kyoko (ex-husband Cox kidnapped Kyoko and hid her under the name Rosemary in the cult The Walk ) for 27 years.

1973-1974 – John and Yoko were together 24/7 for six years until their fifteen-month break.

1982 – She won the Grammy Award in the Album of the Year category for Double Fantasy with John Lennon and Jack Douglas.

1998 – Yoko and Kyoko reunited.

2003 – At the age of 70, she topped the US dance music charts with a reworking of "Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him", a song she co-wrote with John Lennon, to support gay marriage: "Every Man Has A Man Who Loves Him". She also recorded a lesbian version of the song.