Retro Action, April 2, 1999: A Five-Time Grammy Winner Meets Her Daughter, 32 Years Later

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Mitchell sings at at 2010 television tribute. (Photo: Reuters)

What would you do if you found out your real mother was Joni Mitchell?

If you're Kilaurenn Gibb, you go and find her. Which is what happened on this day when the Toronto native was reunited with her five-time Grammy award winning mother.

"I've had pain and joy in my life but nothing like this," said Ms. Mitchell, who gave Gibb up as a struggling college student 32 years ago. "It's an unparalleled emotional feeling."

Her long-lost daughter, a former model who was raised in a wealthy suburb of Toronto, agreed.

"It was wonderful. It was a great relief to me in every way. It made me feel whole. It made me feel complete. I don't have any expectations. I didn't come into this thing with expectations. I just wanted to find my mom."

Predictably, the reunion sparked media outlets around the world as the pair were courted by everyone from Larry King to Oprah for an interview.

"You can’t imagine the onslaught of press from all over the world," says Mitchell’s Vancouver-based manager, Sam Feldman. "It’s so bizarre. It’s something out of a movie."


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