Kilauren Gibb’s mother, 71-year-old Joni Mitchell was rushed to hospital on Tuesday afternoon.
Joni was found unconscious in her home. She regained consciousness on the ambulance ride to an L.A. area hospital. She is currently in intensive care undergoing tests and is awake and in good spirits. An official statement on her Facebook page reads.
Joni bore her child out of wedlock, gave her up for adoption and buried her pain in the lyrics of songs that made her a folk-jazz legend. Her mother’s career was marked by such classics as “Both Sides Now,” “Big Yellow Taxi,” and “Chelsea Morning.”
While still in art school, Mitchell became pregnant. The father, a fellow art student, was unwilling to marry and abortion was not an option. Mitchell concealed it from her parents, giving birth to the child she named Kelly Dale in the charity ward of a Toronto hospital.
Mitchell had managed to keep the details of her motherhood a secret during her 30-year career, thought she spent many years looking for her she became frustrated by Canadian adoption laws, which are bound up in secrecy.
Kelly, born with Cherokee cheekbones and bright yellow hair, grew up unaware that Joni Mitchell was her mother. She was renamed by her adoptive parents Kilauren Gibb, she grew up to become a model and computer student. She grew up with teachers couple: David and Ida Gibb.
In her mid-20’s she embarked on a search for her birth mother; but Canadian adoption laws blocked Gibb from anything but sketchy details about her biological parents: Birthdates, heights, physical characteristics and random details about grandparents. Health information, such as the mother’s childhood polio. A notation that both mother and father had artistic talent.
Fast forward five years into her search Kilauren Gibb, because of information posted online by a fan, was able to penetrate both the secrecy of Canadian adoption laws and the protective aura that insulates a star from her public to finally come face to face with the woman who gave birth to her.
The two of them finally met in Los Angeles in 1997. Kelly was 32-years-old at the time and had become the mother of a 4-year-old son Marlin.
A few weeks after giving birth she moved to Los Angeles with her first husband, American folk singer Chuck Mitchell.
Their union and association ended in 1967.
Mitchell then moved to New York and in 1982 she and bassist Larry Klein tied the knot. Their marriage lasted almost 12-years.
Kilauren who is now 50, lives in Toronto.
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