As one of the more polarizing figures in popular culture history, Yoko Ono has been a lightning rod for debate and controversy. While she continues to be seen first and foremost as the wife of legendary Beatle, John Lennon, Ono's life and career are decidedly interesting in their own right. While early on she suffered disparagement at the hands of the media and public for (unfairly) being the reason behind the Beatles breakup and for the control she was accused of holding over John, Yoko Ono went on to become a renaissance woman of sorts.
Yoko Ono's reputation and the public's perception of her have gone through a bit of a makeover. The Beatle breakup backlash has largely subsided; she has been credited with being at the vanguard of the new wave sound of the late '70s and '80s, and she is seen as an undeniable influence in the performance art scene. She is currently known for her work as an author and philanthropist, in which she supports causes such as peace, gay rights, the arts, and AIDS education and outreach.