The famous Anita Pallenberg died at the age of 73 on June 13. Here are 5 key things you need to know about the actress, Rolling Stones muse, and mother of 3 of Keith Richards’ kids.
1. She dated both Keith Richards and the late Brian Jones. After coming across The Rolling Stones in 1965, Anita and Brian started a relationship. After they broke up, Anita began dating Brian’s Rolling Stones bandmate Keith, now 73. They never married, but Anita and Keith had three children together: son Marlon Leon Sundeep, daughter Dandelion Angela, and son Tara Jo Jo Gunne. Tara Jo Jo died just 10 weeks after his birth in 1976 due to SIDS. The couple would later split in 1980.
2. Anita became a muse of The Rolling Stones. She was close with lead singer Mick Jagger, 73, and influenced the band’s music, according to The Guardian. Anita is credited as singing background vocals on “Sympathy for the Devil” in the 2002 compilation release of Forty Licks. Anita and Mick also starred in the 1970 crime drama Performance together.
3. A 17-year-old boy shot and killed himself in her bed in 1979. Scott Cantrell had been serving as a handyman at Anita and Keith’s home in South Salem, New York, at the time of his death. There were rumors that the 17-year-old allegedly killed himself playing a game of Russian roulette with a stolen handgun, but the death was officially ruled a suicide. Anita told police that she got up to clean the house and later heard a click and a shot, according to PEOPLE. She said she turned around and saw Scott bleeding from his head. She turned him over to help him breathe and found a .38-caliber Smith and Wesson. Scott died two house later at a nearby hospital. Anita was arrested and charged with one count of possession of stolen property – the .38-caliber Smith & Wesson – and two counts of criminal possession of weapons that included an unregistered .45-pistol that was also seized by police after Scott’s death.
4. Anita appeared in several films over the course of her career. Her first role was in A Degree of Murder in 1967. She starred alongside Jane Fonda, 79, in the 1968 film Barbarella. Anita’s last movie role was in the 2009 film Chéri.
5. She became a fashion icon in the ’60s and ’70s. Vogue wrote that Anita “laid the ground rules for bohemian rock fashion.” Her effortless and chic style reflected her time with The Rolling Stones. She experimented with fashion and took risks. “It was hippy time, but I never was a hippy,” she said in an interview about her style back in the day.
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