Anthony Cox (producer)

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Anthony D. Cox
Born1936 (age 86–87)
Occupation(s)Film producer, art promoter
  • (m. 1962; annulled 1963)
    (m. 1963; div. 1969)
  • Melinda Kendall

Anthony D. Cox (born 1936)[1] is an American film producer and art promoter. He is a former husband of Yoko Ono.


Cox met Yoko Ono in 1961, after he saw some of her art work in an anthology and located her in Tokyo, Japan.[1] The couple married on November 28, 1962, but marriage was annulled on March 1, 1963, due to Ono neglecting to officially finalize her divorce from her first husband, the Japanese composer Toshi Ichiyanagi. They remarried on June 11, 1963,[2] two months before their daughter, Kyoko Chan Cox, was born on August 8, 1963. Cox became a full-time caregiver for Kyoko, while both he and Ono continued with their art, collaborating as conceptual artists.[1]

Ono's growing estrangement from Cox in 1966 inspired her to create her artwork Half-A-Room, and the pain of their subsequent breakup inspired Ono to make Ceiling Painting/Yes Painting.[3][4]

Their marriage fell apart some time after 1966, when Ono met John Lennon at an art show.[1] Cox and Ono divorced on February 2, 1969. After some time, Tony Cox married Melinda Kendall.[5]

After a legal battle, Cox was awarded custody of Kyoko. However, in 1971 Cox, who had joined a religious group known as the Church of the Living Word, or "The Walk", after his divorce from Ono, vanished with his wife Melinda and Kyoko in violation of the custody order. He left "The Walk" after a few years, and in 1978, Cox and Kyoko stayed with the Jesus People USA commune in Chicago. He had divorced his second wife Melinda even before leaving "The Walk".[1] He and Kyoko contacted Yoko Ono after the death of Lennon in 1980,[1] but they did not specify their location. Afterward, Ono agreed to no longer attempt to locate Kyoko, but still wished to make contact with her. In 1994, when she was 31, Kyoko made contact with Ono and they have been in close contact since then.[6]

In 1985, in an autobiographical documentary film, Vain Glory, Cox discussed his experiences with the Lennons, with the Church of the Living Word, and with life on the run.[1][7]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g Calio, Jim (February 3, 1986). "Yoko Ono's Ex-Husband, Tony Cox, Reveals His Strange Life Since Fleeing with Their Daughter 14 Years Ago". People. Vol. 25, no. 5. Archived from the original on February 9, 2011. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  2. ^ "Anthony D. Cox v. Yoko Ono Cox, 457 F.2d 1190 –". CourtListener. Retrieved January 21, 2022.
  3. ^ "The Extraordinary Yoko Ono". Another Mag. June 2, 2015. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  4. ^ Jones, Jonathan (March 13, 2014). "Yoko Ono show at Guggenheim shines light on pioneering conceptual artist". The Guardian. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  5. ^ Browne, David (January 27, 2019). "Flashback: John Lennon Writes and Records 'Instant Karma!' in One Day". Rolling Stone.
  6. ^ Dougherty, Steve (March 31, 2003). "Oh Yes! Ono Turns 70". People. Vol. 59, no. 12.
  7. ^ Tucker, Ruth A. (2004). Another Gospel: Cults, Alternative Religions, and the New Age Movement. Church of the Living Word, Zondervan. pp. 360–361. ISBN 0-310-25937-1.

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