Anita Pallenberg, actor, model and muse to the Rolling Rocks, dies aged 73
Spouse to both Brian Jones and Keith Richards, Pallenberg went on to seem alongside Mick Jagger in Performance and pursued a job in fashion
The professional and model Anita Pallenberg, who was a muse to the Rolling Rocks and made an appearance alongside Mick Jagger in the cult film Performance, has passed on at age 73.
Pallenberg’s loss of life was announced on Instagram by her friend, the professional Stella Schnabel. The reason for death is currently unknown.
Pallenberg was created in German-occupied Rome in January 1944. Her dad was an Italian travel agent and musician, while her mother was a German secretary. After being expelled from German boarding university aged 16, she started out modelling, first in Italy and later in New York, where she spent time at Andy Warhol’s Factory.
In 1965 Pallenberg attended a Rolling Rocks concert and got backstage, where she fulfilled the band. It could lead to a romantic relationship with Rocks guitarist Brian Jones, which Pallenberg said soon converted violent. She left Jones for Keith Richards, and the pair settled in London, where they might have three children. The match struggled with drug abuse and would later split in 1980.
During her time with the Stones, Pallenberg became a muse for the music group. She provided support vocals for Sympathy for the Devil and Mick Jagger was said to have remixed paths on the band’s 1968 record Beggars Banquet based on her reviews. Pallenberg and Jagger would later star together in Nicolas Roeg’s 1970 crime drama Performance.
Anita Pallenberg and Keith Richards present their child Marlon to the globe in 1969.
Family …Anita Pallenberg and Keith Richards present their child Marlon to the planet in 1969. Photograph: John Minihan/Getty Images
Pallenberg would continue to act in a number of other movies, portraying The Black colored Queen in Barbarella, and appearing in the 1968 love-making farce Chocolate, alongside Marlon Brando and Richard Burton. She would resume her operating career in her 60s, featuring in Abel Ferrara’s Go Go Tales (2007), and Tranquility Korine’s Mister Unhappy (2007), among others.
In her old age Pallenberg pursued a career in fashion, doing a four-year fashion and textile degree at Central Saint Martins in 1994. However, she , describing the industry as “too unpleasant, too rip-off, too much”. Pallenberg also considered writing a memoir but was concerned it would be too “salacious”.
“I had developed several publishers and they were yet,” she advised the Guardian’s Lynn Barber in 2008. “Each of them required salacious. And every person is writing autobiographies and that is one reason I’m not heading to take action. If young Posh Spice can write her autobiography, then I don’t want to write one!’
Pallenberg is survived by two children with Richards, Marlon and Angela. Their second boy, Tara, died during infancy in 1976.