Actress and model Anita Pallenberg, who dated several members of the Rolling Stones, has passed away at the age of 73.
Stella Schnabel, the daughter of “Before Night Falls” director Julian Schnabel, confirmed Pallenberg’s death on Instagram on June 13.
“I have never met a woman quite like you Anita,” Stella wrote, according to Vogue:
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.
This young teenage singer was shocked when Keith Urban invited her on stage at his concert. A few moments later, he made her wildest dreams come true.
Pallenberg was born in Rome in 1944 to German and Italian parents, the BBC reports. She worked as a model and actress throughout the 1960s, acting in movies like “Barbarella,” “Performance,” and “Candy,” the latter of which starred Marlon Brando.
She met former Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones in 1965. The two were in a relationship until Pallenberg left him for fellow band member Keith Richards, with whom she had three children. It was speculated that she also had an affair with frontman Mick Jagger, a rumor Pallenberg always denied.
In his autobiography, Richards described Pallenberg as “a great beauty” who was “extremely bright” and “very strong,” according to the BBC.
Singer Marianne Faithfull, who once referred to Pallenberg as “the most incredible woman I’d met in my life,” credits her with bringing together the Rolling Stones as a band.
“How Anita came to be with Brian is really the story of how the Stones became the Stones,” Faithfull wrote in her autobiography. “She almost single-handedly engineered a cultural revolution in London by bringing together the Stones and the jeunesse doree …The Stones came away with a patina of aristocratic decadence that served as a perfect counterfoil to the raw roots blues of their music. This … transformed the Stones from pop stars into cultural icons.”
Pallenberg went on to earn a degree in fashion from Central Saint Martins in 1994. She briefly worked in the fashion industry before dismissing it as “too nasty, too rip-off, too hard.”
In 2016, she stated in an interview that she was “ready to die.”
“I have done so much here,” she said. “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.”
Pallenberg is survived by her two children, Marlon and Angela, and five grandchildren.