Anita Pallenberg has died. An actress and model famous for her involvement with The Rolling Stones, Pallenberg’s death was made public by Stella Schnabel, the daughter of painter Julian Schnabel.
“I have never met a woman quite like you Anita,” Stella wrote on Instagram. “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.”
Pallenberg was 73. Read the full post below.
Though she was never married, Pallenberg is survived by her two living children, both of which she had with Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.
To learn more about Pallenberg’s surviving family members, and her relationship with Richards, here are five fast facts you need to know.
1. Marlon Richards Is Their Eldest Child
The couple’s first child, Marlon, was born under extremely hectic conditions. Pallenberg announced that she was pregnant a mere eleven days after her former lover, and Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones, was found dead in a swimming pool. Consequently, Marlon grew up into the turmoil of his parents lifestyle, which, at the time, including an increasing dependency on heroin. According to the Daily Mirror, Richards took Marlon away from his addicted mother for a brief time, and brought him on tour with The Rolling Stones.
Marlon was later reunited with Pallenberg, only to see her boyfriend at time shoot himself in their hotel room. He was 9 years-old. Despite this seemingly perfect recipe for disaster, however, Marlon has proven to be quite the opposite of his rockstar parents.
Daily Mail reported in 2010 that Marlon went on to lead a relatively quiet family life with his wife Lucie Richards and their daughter Ella Rose. He currently resides in a farmhouse in West Wittering, where he works as a graphic artist and photographer.
2. Their Middle Child, Tara, Died As A Baby
Their second child, Tara Jo Jo, was born on March 26th, 1976 and lived for only ten weeks before dying in his cot. The cause of death was Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which is defined as an apparent spontaneous cessation of breathing.
In his 2011 autobiography Life, Richards opens up about the trauma that losing a child took on him. “Leaving a newborn infant son is something I can’t forgive myself for,” he writes, referring to the fact that he went on tour with The Rolling Stones shortly after Tara’s birth in 1976.
The book’s co-author, James Fox, gave his own take on the tragedy, telling Daily Express “The first time we talked about that, Keith couldn’t get out more than five words. Then we realized we had to go back to it. He told me he thought about it every week.”
3. Angela Richards is Their Youngest Child
Angela nearly matched her older brother in terms of dramatic entrances. As reported by Daily Mail, Pallenberg was using heroin up to three times a day at the time, and requested that Richards arrange for an abortion. Conversely, Richards believed that the baby was not fathered by himself, but actually by his Rolling Stones bandmate, Mick Jagger. Daily Mail claims that the fall-out between Richards and Jagger over the matter would go on for years, before they finally buried the hatchet.
Angela was born in Switzerland in 1972, and spent much of her childhood under the care of Richards’ mother Doris. When Doris died in 2007, Angela, whose nickname is “Dandelion,” was put up in a large estate, where she currently lives with her husband Dominic Jennings. She and Richards meet up regularly whenever the aging rocker comes to Britain.
4. Pallenberg Was the One Who Looked Over the Children on the Road
In a 2016 interview with Alain Elkann, Pallenberg discussed what it was like raising children in such a fast-living environment:
We were on the road a lot, traveling on tour, and I took my son everywhere. I did not send Marlon to school until he was 8 years old. I taught him how to read and write while Keith’s mother looked after my daughter. The difficulty with Keith is that he sleeps all day, and ideally, I had to be up with the children all day. I couldn’t have made the tours without the protection of drugs.
Pallenberg and Richards’ differing career paths, coupled with the death of the son Tara, ultimately drove the couple apart for good in 1979. Still, they maintained the utmost respect for one another over the years. Pallenberg spoke on their fifteen year relationship:
He was the biological right man to be the father of my children. It was more respect and friendships than mad love. Keith is very generous. In those days we did not plan families. I certainly did not want to get married, but I got pregnant.”
5. They Have 2 Step-Siblings, Theodora & Alexandra
Marlon and Angela have two younger step-siblings on their father’s side: Theodora and Alexandra. Both are the children of Richards and Patti Hansen, an American model whom he married in 1983. Theodora, born 1985, is a model who made her appearance in print at the age of 16, and has since gone on to become the muse for the New York City denim collection, 4Stroke Jeans. She also honored Pallenberg after learning of her death by posting a photo of her on Instagram.
Theodora was arrested on for spraying graffiti on a wall in 2011, and was subsequently forced to go to rehab, as she had marijuana and another controlled substance on her person.
Alexandra, born 1986, is a model similar to her sister, and has appeared in magazines such as Vogue, British Glamour, Harpers Bazaar, and Teen Vogue.