The German-Italian actress and model who was in relationships with Brian Jones and Keith Richards caused one of the earliest fractures within the band
Remembering the Rolling Stones controversial muse and original Stone girl Anita Pallenberg on her birthday
Born in Rome, Italy on April 6, 1942, the German-Italian actress and model Anita Pallenberg, was together with Marianne Faithfull the original Stones’ girl. Together with Marianne Faithfull back in the 1960’s, they were the original Stones’girls, with Faithfull dating Mick Jagger and Pallemberg first Brian Jones and later Keith Richards with whom she had three children. She’s been portrayed in the Rolling Stones history as the main cause of one of the earliest fractures within the band due to her romantic connection to the band founder and multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones, who she left for Keith Richards, resulting in internal feud among the band. Controversially, she’s also been mentioned often as having fueled Brian Jones drug addiction, resulting in Jones alienation and future split from the band, in a sequence of events that led to his premature accidental death at age 27. During her 13 years relationship with Keith Richards, the pair indulged in a heavy heroin addiction that nearly destroyed Richards. In 1979, a 17-year-old boy, Scott Cantrell, shot himself in the head in Pallenberg’s bed with a gun owned by Keith Richards, while at the South Salem, New York, house shared by Richards and Pallenberg. The teenager was involved in a sexual relationship with Pallenberg, while Richards was in Paris recording with the Rolling Stones, but his son was at the house when the teen killed himself. Though the death was ruled as suicide, the rumors persist that the pair were playing Russian roulette. Anita’s third child with Richards, Tara Jo Jo died in his cot ten weeks after birth reportedly from SIDS. After detoxing in the early 1980’s, Pallenberg abstained from drug use but later had a relapse As an actress, two of her most memorable roles in cinema were in the 1968 Sci-Fi cult film Barbarella, alongside Jane Fonda, and the 1970 also cult film Performance, alongside Mick Jagger.
After detoxing in the early 1980’s, Pallenberg abstained from drug use but later had a relapse. With several health problems, including hepatitis C, resulting of the wild and reckless life style she lived for decades, fueled with substance abuse, in 2016, Anita stated during an interview that “I am ready to die. I have done so much here. My Mum died at 94. I don’t want to lose my independence. Now I am over 70 and to be honest I did not think I would live over 40.” Anita Pallenberg passed away in 2017 at age 75 due to complications from hepatitis C.
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Also watch Anita Pallenberg in the 1968 Sci-Fi cult classic Barbarella as The Great Tyrant
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