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At 80, Yoko Ono keeps imagining

 
 
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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

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