After my husband John Lennon passed away, I tried to smile for my health.
|Born||February 18, 1933|
Yoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, and peace activist. She is the widow and second wife of John Lennon and is also known for her work in avant-garde art, music, and filmmaking. She first met Lennon in 1966 at her own art exhibition in London, and they became a couple in 1968.
Ono achieved commercial and critical acclaim in 1980 with the chart-topping album Double Fantasy, released with Lennon. Since 2003, eleven of her songs, mostly remixes of her older work, have hit No. 1 on the US dance chart. Retrospectives of her artwork have been presented at the Japan Society in New York City in 2001, in Bielefeld, Germany, and the UK in 2008, and Frankfurt, Krems, Austria, and Bilbao, Spain in 2013.
She received a Golden Lion Award for lifetime achievement from the Venice Biennale in 2009 and the 2012 Oskar Kokoschka Prize, Austria's highest award for applied contemporary art. She has made significant philanthropic contributions to the arts, peace, Philippine and Japan disaster relief, and other causes.