Rolling Stones Muse Anita Pallenberg Dead at 73

Jun 15, 2017, 01:42
Rolling Stones Muse Anita Pallenberg Dead at 73

Pallenberg and Richards shared a third child, a son named Tara, who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 1976. German-Italian, she spent the 1960s as a model in high demand, and as an actress who appeared in films like Barbarella, Performance, and Candy, with Marlon Brando.

The news was made public on Instagram by Stella Schnabel, the daughter of American painter and filmmaker John Schnabel.

Pallenberg is survived by her children, Marlon and Angela, and her grandchildren.

Anita Pallenberg, a model and actress who was sometimes called the sixth member of the Rolling Stones and had affairs with three of the band's key members, including a decade-long, drug-fueled relationship with Keith Richards, died June 13 at a hospital in Chichester, England. Pallenberg also tried her hand at a career in fashion, graduating with a degree from renowned school Central Saint Martins in 1994. She also starred opposite Jagger in the 1968 crime drama Performance.

She entered the Stones scene in 1966, when she moved in with Jones. "The first time I saw Anita my obvious reaction was 'What the fuck is a chick like that doing with Brian?'" Keith recalled later. In 1979, when a teen lover shot himself in the bedroom of her NY apartment while Keith was recording in Paris, Anita admitted she "didn't feel anything" and blamed it on "the wonders of drugs and drink". After about two years, in 1967, Pallenberg left Jones for Richards as the previous relationship reportedly became violent.

She met the Rolling Stones at a concert in Munich in 1965, as she recalled in a later interview "I was doing some modelling in Germany and the photographer said 'Do you want to come to a gig?'".

Pallenberg's death was confirmed by Stella Schnabel, a friend and the daughter of artist-director Julian Schnabel.

Marianne Faithfull, who was Mick Jagger's girlfriend during the same time period, led the tributes: "Anita used to say that we (the two of us) are light years ahead of the Rolling Stones... witty and probably true!" "Then in NY I knew [poets and writers] Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, William Burroughs and, in Paris, when the French New Wave was in full swing, I hung out with Luis Buñuel and Truffaut". Expelled at 16, she eventually came to NY and hung out with Andy Warhol. But the life did not appeal to her. "She scared the trousers off me!" We had good times and bad times, but I only remember the good times now.

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