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Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono (オノ・ヨーコ(小野 洋子), Ono Yōko, born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese artist, musician, author and peace activist, known for her work in avant-garde art, music and filmmaking as well as her marriage to John Lennon. Ono brought feminism to the forefront through her music which prefigured New Wave music (whether she was a direct influence is still debated). She is a supporter of gay rights and is known for her philanthropic contributions to the arts, peace and AIDS outreach programs. Yoko Ono was born in 1933 to mother Isoko Ono, the great-granddaughter of Zenjiro Yasuda of the Yasuda banking family, and to father Yeisuke Ono, a banker and one-time classical pianist who was a descendant of an Emperor of Japan. Two weeks before she was born, her father was transferred to San Francisco by his employer, the Yokohama Specie Bank. The rest of the family followed soon after and Yoko met her father when she was two. Her younger brother Keisuke was born in December 1936. In 1937, her father was transferred back to Japan and Ono was enrolled at Tokyo's Gakushuin (also known as the Peers School), one of the most exclusive schools in Japan. In 1940, the family moved to New York City, where Ono's father was working.

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Yoko Ono -- Good Genes or Good Shades?

Yoko Ono
Good Genes or Good Shades?

Yoko Ono is a firework.Here's John Lennon's 53-year-old widow back in 1986 (left) -- and 26 years later, the 79-year-old at an event in Berlin this week (right).Imagine.More Good Genes or Good… READ MORE >

When Gaga Met Yoko

When Gaga Met Yoko

Lady Gaga and Yoko Ono posed together backstage at the We Are Plastic Ono Band concert held at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles last night.Imagine. READ MORE >

- 1293 days ago
Most Famous Photog Ever -- Imagine Losing It All

Most Famous Photog Ever -- Imagine Losing It All

In the world of high-end photography, Annie Leibovitz's portfolio is the equivalent of The Beatles' catalog -- and she's in danger of losing it all. Leibovitz, who took the infamous last photo of… READ MORE >

- 1685 days ago
Sean Lennon -- Happiness is a Warm Booger

Sean Lennon -- Happiness is a Warm Booger

Sean Lennon was chowing down with mom Yoko Ono this weekend in NYC -- and caught us catching him in the middle of an exploration for buried nose gold. See Also Gerard Butler Pulls Out an Ugly… READ MORE >

- 1712 days ago
Yoko Ono -- The Mad Hatter

Yoko Ono -- The Mad Hatter

You may not be able to get Ringo Starr's autograph anymore -- but you can still get photos of 75-year-old Beatles breaker-upper Yoko Ono actin' a fool in public. See Also Bitter Ringo Won't Sign a… READ MORE >

- 2007 days ago
So You Broke Up My Band, No Big Whoop

So You Broke Up My Band, No Big Whoop

Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono gave peace a chance at Stella McCartney's fashion show in Liverpool. Apparently, hatred runs only four decades. See Also That's Dr. Beatle to You  READ MORE >

- 2146 days ago
Sunday in the Park with Yoko

Sunday in the Park with Yoko

Grace Slick wasn't the only rock fossil to emerge from her cocoon this weekend! Rock of ages!74-year-old celebuwidow Yoko Ono turned up at a gala event in the Hamptons on Sunday -- dressed like… READ MORE >

- 2461 days ago
Yoko Wants a Smoko?!?

Yoko Wants a Smoko?!?

Could that woman in the dark specs, Panama hat, and slightly tortured expression be Yoko? Oh yes! We're not entirely sure what she's demonstrating here, but the two fellas at her table sure are… READ MORE >

- 2464 days ago
No Doggy Treat for Yoko

No Doggy Treat for Yoko

Hey, did you hear the one about Yoko Ono eating dog meat on a London radio show? Yeah -- never happened. Turns out the story was a hoax and Yoko's reps sent a strongly-worded letter to the Press… READ MORE >

- 2507 days ago
Yoko Ono Eats the Queen's Dog?

Yoko Ono
Eats the Queen's Dog?

Happiness ... is a warm, tasty Corgi dog, at least for one London performance artist.Ono was reportedly part of a canine-chewing stunt at a London radio station yesterday, reports Reuters, in… READ MORE >

- 2515 days ago

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