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Anita Pallenberg (1944 - 2017)

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Anita Pallenberg (1944 - 2017)

Anita Pallenberg, a model and actress who was the former partner of Keith Richards, died Tuesday, June 13, 2017, according to multiple news sources. She was 73.

Pallenberg was born in German-occupied Rome in 1944. She became a model in Germany. She later moved to New York City where she was involved with Andy Warhol’s Factory.

Pallenberg met guitarist Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones while on a modeling assignment in Munich, Germany, in 1965. Jones and Pallenberg became romantic partners. Pallenberg left Jones for the other guitarist in the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, in 1967.


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Richards and Pallenberg were partners until 1980. The couple had three children together. Their son Marlon was born in 1969; daughter Angela was born in 1972; and son Tara Jo Jo was born in 1976. Tara Jo Jo died of sudden infant death syndrome at the age of 10 weeks.

Pallenberg appeared in more than a dozen movies. She portrayed The Great Tyrant in Roger Vadim’s 1968 cult-classic sci-fi film “Barbarella.”

Her friend Stella Schnabel paid tribute to Pallenberg on Instagram.

“I have never met a woman quite like you Anita,” Schnabel wrote. “I don't think there is anybody in this universe like you. No one has ever understood me so well.

“You showed about life and myself and how to grow and become and exist with it all. I was a little girl thinking I was big but I became a woman through knowing you. The secret lyrical you. My best friend. The greatest woman I have ever known.

“Thank you for the most important lessons - because they are ever changing and definitive. Like you. We are all singing for you, how you liked it. Go in peace my Roman mother, you will always be in my heart.”

Fellow model Bebe Buell also took to Instagram to pay tribute to her friend.

“There was none more beautiful, more unique and more inspiring! The official 'sixth Stone'... I will love you forever, dearest Anita,” Buell wrote. “Sleep with the special angels, Gods & Goddesses... RIP.”

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