Yoko Ono Biography (1933-)

Born February 18, 1933, in Tokyo, Japan; immigrated to the United States, 1951; married Toshi Ichiyanagi (a composer), 1957 (divorced); married Tony Cox (an artist and filmmaker), 1964 (divorced, 1969); married John Lennon (a singer and songwriter), March 20, 1969 (died December 8, 1980); children: (secondmarriage) Kyoko Chan; (third marriage) Sean Taro Ono Lennon (a musician). Addresses: Office: Studio 1, 1 West 72nd St., New York, NY 10023.

Nationality
Japanese
Gender
Female
Occupation
Musician, artist, actress, director, producer, composer
Birth Details
February 18, 1933
Tokyo, Japan

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Ito, Satan's Bed (short film; also known as Judas City), Prometheus Ventures/Sam Lake, 1965
  • Bottoms (also known as Yoko Ono Film No. 4 and No. 4), 1967
  • Herself, The Rolling Stones Rock-and-Roll Circus, ABKCO Films, 1968, released in 1996
  • Two Virgins, 1968
  • (Scenes deleted) Herself, Keep on Rockin' (also known as LittleRichard: Keep On Rockin'), 1969
  • Bed-In, 1969
  • Apotheosis, 1970
  • Herself, The Magic Christian, Commonwealth, 1970
  • Herself, Let It Be, United Artists, 1970
  • Freedom, 1970
  • Diaries, Notebooks and Sketches, 1970
  • Herself, Dynamite Chicken, Seymour Borde and Associates, 1971
  • Ten for Two, 1971
  • Superstars in Film Concert, 1971
  • Imagine, 1973
  • Herself, Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol (documentary), 1982
  • (In archive footage; uncredited) Herself, The Compleat Beatles, 1982
  • Herself, He Stands in a Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life, 1985
  • Herself, Imagine: John Lennon (documentary), 1988
  • Herself and song performer, Just One Step: The Great Peace March,1988
  • Herself, Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues, 1988
  • (In archive footage) The 1960's: Music, Memories & Milestones,1988
  • Herself and song performer, Ten for Two, 1989
  • Misfits--30 Years of Fluxus, Cinnamon Film, 1993
  • Herself, The Revenge of the Dead Indians, 1993
  • Herself, Jonas in the Desert, Black SUN Flower Filmproductions, 1994
  • Herself, Free Tibet, The Shooting Gallery, 1998
  • Herself, Kiss My Grits: The Herstory of Women in Punk and Hard Rock, 2001
  • Film Work
  • Producer and director, No. 1, 1966
  • Producer and director, Eyeblink, 1966
  • (With Tony Cox) Director, Bottoms (also known as Yoko Ono FilmNo. 4 and No. 4), 1967
  • Producer and director, No. 5, 1968
  • Producer and director, Two Virgins, 1968
  • Producer and director, Bed-In, 1969
  • Producer and director, Up Your Legs Forever, 1970
  • Producer and director, Freedom, 1970
  • Producer and director, Fly, 1970
  • Producer and director, Apotheosis, 1970
  • Producer, Ten for Two, 1971
  • Producer and director, The Museum of Modern Art Show, 1971
  • Producer and director, Erection, 1971
  • Director, Imagine, 1973
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Host, John Lennon and Yoko Ono Present the One-to-One Concert, ABC, 1972
  • Women of the World (also known as Women of Intrigue), syndicated, 1986
  • An All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., NBC, 1986
  • "John Lennon," Cinemax Vintage Performances, Cinemax, 1988
  • John and Yoko's Imagine, The Disney Channel, 1990
  • "John Cage: I Have Nothing to Say and I'm Saying It," American Masters, PBS, 1990
  • Michael Jackson ... the Legend Continues, CBS, 1992
  • The Beatles on E!, E! Entertainment Television, 1995
  • The Beatles Anthology (documentary), ABC, 1995
  • Herself, Intimate Portrait: Yoko Ono, 1995
  • Herself, Moonshot--The Spirit of 69, 1999
  • (In archive footage) Herself, Gimme Some Truth (also known as Gimme Some Truth: The Making of the "Imagine" Album), Bravo, 2000
  • 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll, VH1, 2000
  • Herself, The Beatles Revolution, ABC, 2000
  • (And in archive footage) Herself, John and Yoko's Year of Peace, 2000
  • Herself, The Real Yoko Ono, 2001
  • Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words & Music, The WBand TNT, 2001
  • 2001: The Year in Music, VH1, 2001
  • Episodic
  • Herself, "Yoko Said," Mad about You (also known as Loved by You), NBC, 1995
  • Herself, "Yoko Ono," The South Bank Show, ITV, 1999
  • (Uncredited) "Slammer & Squire Golf Course World Golf Village," The Sweet Spot, Comedy Central, 2002
  • (Uncredited) "Desert Princess," The Sweet Spot, Comedy Central, 2002
  • Also appeared as herself, The Dick Cavett Show.
  • Television Work
  • Specials
  • Producer and director, Rape, 1969
  • Producer, John Lennon and Yoko Ono Present the One-to-One Concert,ABC, 1972
  • Director and music editor, John and Yoko's Imagine, The Disney Channel, 1990
  • Executive producer and segment director, Gimme Some Truth (also known as Gimme Some Truth: The Making of the "Imagine" Album, Bravo, 2000
  • Executive producer, Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words & Music, 2001
  • Radio Appearances
  • Specials
  • The Lennon Tapes: John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Conversation with Andy Peebles, 6 December 1980, BBC, 1981, published in 1981
  • RECORDINGS
  • Solo Albums
  • Plastic Ono Band, Apple, 1970
  • Fly, Apple, 1971
  • Approximately Infinite Universe, Apple, 1973
  • Feeling the Space, Apple, 1973
  • Season of Glass, Geffen, 1981
  • Starpeace, PolyGram, 1985
  • Onobox, Rykodisc, 1992
  • Singles include "Walking on Thin Ice."
  • Albums; with John Lennon
  • Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins, Apple, 1968
  • Wedding Apple, Apple, 1969
  • Live Peace in Toronto, Apple, 1969
  • Some Time in New York City, Apple, 1972
  • (And producer, with John Lennon and Jack Douglas), Double Fantasy,Geffen, 1980
  • Milk and Honey: A Heart Play, Polydor, 1984
  • Imagine (soundtrack), 1988
  • Albums; with IMA
  • Rising, 1996
  • Album Work
  • Producer, The John Lennon Anthology (4 CD set; contains the albumsAscot, New York City, The Lost Weekend, and Dakota), Capitol, 1998
  • Taped Readings
  • (With John Lennon) Heart Play (Unfinished Dialogue), Polydor, 1983
  • (With Lennon) Reflections and Poetry, Silhouette Music, 1984
  • WRITINGS
  • Stage Plays
  • (With others) The Trials of Oz, produced at Anderson Theatre, NewYork City, 1972
  • (And composer and lyricist) New York Rock, produced at WPA Theatre, New York City, 1994
  • Screenplays
  • Bottoms (also known as Yoko Ono Film No. 4 and No. 4), 1967
  • No. 5, 1968
  • Two Virgins, 1968
  • Bed-In, 1969
  • Freedom, 1970
  • Fly, 1970
  • The Museum of Modern Arts Show, 1971
  • Film Music
  • Ai (also known as Love), 1962
  • Fly, 1970
  • Erection, 1971
  • Eat Me, 1975
  • Imagine: John Lennon (documentary), 1988
  • Misfits--30 Years of Fluxus, Cinnamon Film, 1993
  • Television Music
  • Specials
  • Rape, 1969
  • "Mark Morris" (also known as "Dance in America"), Great Performances, PBS, 1986
  • Nonfiction
  • (Author of the dedication) Marianne Philbin, Give Peace a Chance: Music and the Struggle for Peace: A Catalog of the Exhibition of the Peace Museum, Chicago, Chicago Review Press (Chicago, IL), 1983
  • (With others) John Lennon: Summer of 1980, Putnam (New York City),1983
  • Other Writings
  • Grapefruit: A Book of Instructions, introduction by John Lennon, Wunternaum Press (Bellport, NY), 1964, republished by Owen (London), 1970, republished as Grapefruit: A Book of Instructions and Drawings, Simon & Schuster (New York City), 1971, reprint, Simon & Schuster, 2000
  • A Hole to See the Sky Through, 1971
  • Author of personal essays accompanying album, The John Lennon Anthology (4 CD set; contains the albums Ascot, New York City, The Lost Weekend, and Dakota), Capitol, 1998

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Cott, Jonathan, and Christine Doudna, editors, The Ballad of John andYoko, Doubleday (New York City), 1982
    • Golson, G. Barry, editor, The Playboy Interviews with John Lennon andYoko Ono, Playboy Press (New York City), 1981
    • Haskell, Barbara, Yoko Ono, Arias, and Objects, Gibbs Smith (SaltLake City, UT), 1991
    • Hopkins, Jerry, Yoko Ono, Macmillan (New York City), 1986
    • Notable Asian Americans, Gale Research, 1995
    • Women Filmmakers & Their Films, St. James Press, 1998
    Periodicals
    • Art in America, February, 2002, p. 90
    • Maclean's, November 5, 2001, p. 59
    • Newsweek, March 18, 1998, pp. 64-65

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