Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Arts&Culture | By Spencer Underwood

Keith Richards pays tribute to former partner Anita Pallenberg

Keith Richards pays tribute to former partner Anita Pallenberg

Anita Pallenberg has died aged 72.

NEW YORK (AP) - Anita Pallenberg, a model and actress who had children with Keith Richards and served as a muse for The Rolling Stones, has died.

Anita Pallenberg, model, actress, perennial style icon, perpetual fashion reference, and perhaps rock and roll's most famous muse passed away today, at age 73. She taught Keith her sinister glare, taught Mick Jagger her wiggle, taught Brian Jones how to wear floppy hats. In 2001, Pallenberg guest starred on Absolutely Fabulous with another Rolling Stones associate Marianne Faithfull.

Born on April 6, 1944, in Rome, Italy Pallenberg's father, Arnaldo Pallenberg, was an ethnic German-Italian sales agent, a hobbyist painter, and an amateur singer.

One of her most talked-about film appearances, was in the cult film "Performance", where she played alongside Mick Jagger, with whom she was said to have had an affair. "Her influence has been profound", Rolling Stones production assistant Jo Bergman once said.

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She first met the band at a Stones concert in 1965 in Munich, and dated founding member Brian Jones before embarking on a relationship with Keith Richards. I went into this - what do they call it before you become a butterfly? - cocoon for a long time. Sources told the Daily Mirror newspaper that Keith - who also has two children with wife Patti Hansen - was there for Anita in her final months, cared about her enormously and was "completely devastated" by her death.

Who knows what Pallenberg might have achieved if she had been born later?

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Richards said he never planned to leave Anita. Her cause of death has not yet been disclosed. She also also a fixture in Andy Warhol's NY art scene and appeared in Madonna's music video for "Drowned World / Substitute for Love". They were together for two years, but split after Brian allegedly became abusive.

But mostly, Ms. Pallenberg was associated with the Stones, who were seen as the raw, street-savvy counterparts to the Beatles in the 1960s. "She scared the trousers off me". Pallenberg rose to worldwide fame as part of the ultra bohemian traveling troupe of ur-rock royalty, with social ties that stretched from the Dolce Vita set in Rome to Andy Warhol's factory. We had good times & bad times, but I only remember the good times now.

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