Living legends

At 80, Yoko Ono keeps imagining

 
 
ono
ono
Photo by Tom Haller

At 80, Yoko Ono is still reinventing herself.

In a recent phone conversation from her home in NYC, John Lennon’s widow talked about her incredibly busy schedule.

“I spend my days pretty much working,” said Ono, who was packing for a trip to Sydney to open her mixed media, peace-themed exhibition War is Over. “I’m scattered around. I’m having fun.”

Definitely. She and her Plastic Ono Band released an album this fall, Take Me to the Land of Hell, with a little help from her son, Sean Lennon, 38. Seems mom is trying to play matchmaker.

“He reminds me of his dad,” she says of the famous couple’s only child. Then laughing: “He’s single! You want to date him?”

Single and talented. Sean helped mom put together Ono’s video based on the album’s first single, Bad Dancer. In it, the Japanese experimental artist prancercisesin a sexy leotard, signature sunglasses and top hat. Her legs, covered in black stockings, look lean, toned, fantastic.

“My beauty secret is ... nothing!” Yoko says, giggling like a schoolgirl. “I don’t drink too much water. I don’t eat very well. Sometimes I cheat and grab some chocolate. The best thing is to eat what you want, but not very much.”

As she has done for the last six or so years, the Tokyo native still collaborates with Hard Rock for the Imagine There’s No Hunger global campaign to combat childhood hunger and poverty.

Shop for ITNH limited-edition clothing and accessories inspired by Lennon’s enduring song ( Imagine) at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and restaurant at Bayside Marketplace and online at www.hardrock.com

“It’s an amazing project,” says Ono, who adds that she likes to use her fame for good causes. Though being famous has a downside.

“Most people can go outside and talk a walk, which I love to do, but I can’t very often,” says Ono, who still lives at the Dakota apartment complex where Lennon was gunned down in 1980. “I can’t complain though. Life is a blessing.”

Madeleine Marr

Read more People stories from the Miami Herald

  • As seen on TV

    Peter Funt and Mayim Bialik keep ’em smiling on TV Land’s ‘Candid Camera’

    Before prankster hidden camera shows like Punk’d, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Practical Jokers and even America’s Funniest Home Videos, there was the grandpappy of them all: Candid Camera.

  • Celebrity birthdays on Sept. 1

    Comedian-actress Lily Tomlin is 75. Singer Archie Bell is 70. Singer Barry Gibb is 68. Talk-show host Dr. Phil McGraw is 64. Singer Gloria Estefan is 57. Singer-musician Grant Lee Phillips (Grant Lee Buffalo) is 51. Country singer-songwriter Charlie Robison is 50. Rap DJ Spigg Nice (Lost Boyz) is 44. Actor Scott Speedman is 39. Rock musician Joe Trohman is 30.

  •  
Andre 3000 of Outkast performs on stage at Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park on July 6, 2014 in London, United Kingdom.

    In the spotlight

    Andre 3000 of Outkast channels Jimi Hendrix

    Since April, André 3000 has been on the road, traveling from festival to festival with his old partner Big Boi to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album as Outkast. And on Sept. 26, he’ll star, under his original name, André Benjamin, as Jimi Hendrix in Jimi: All Is by My Side, a biopic about the year just before Hendrix’s breakthrough, when he moved to London, underwent a style transformation and squared off against Eric Clapton.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category