Nico Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Cologne, Germany
Died in Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain  (cerebral hemorrhage)
Birth NameChrista Päffgen
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Model and singer Nico was born in Cologne, Germany in 1938. She was a part of the Andy Warhol "scene" in the 1960s. A member of The Velvet Underground experimental rock band (with John Cale), circa 1967, she made several solo albums during the 1970s. A heroin addict for the latter part of her life, she finally had kicked the habit and become clean before her death. On July 18, 1988, while bicycling in Ibiza, Spain, she suffered a minor heart attack which caused her to collapse and fall from her bicycle, resulting in a head injury that lead to her death. She was 49 year old.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jess Giessel<jmg@powerscourt.com>

Trade Mark (1)

Her deep narcotic monotone voice, as well as her low moans, high cheekbones and heavy make-up, a style resurrected by the goths, who anticipated the "Nico from the Grave" look

Trivia (16)

Mother of Christian Päffgen with whom she appears in the first reel of Chelsea Girls (1966).
The father of her son is Alain Delon. She had an affair with him in 1961.
Was named "Nico" by German photographer Herbert Tobias, after his ex-boyfriend Nikos Papatakis.
Studied acting in 1960 at Lee Strasberg's Method School in New York, joining the same class as Marilyn Monroe.
Worked for Coco Chanel.
Liked to wear black clothes and motor bike boots.
Spoke English, French and German fluently.
Ranked #87 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.
She taught herself to play the harmonium, with the help of Ornette Coleman, and used it as the primary instrument on her later albums. She was inspired to start writing her own lyrics after Jim Morrison suggested she record her dreams. Her songwriting method was to lie for hours in a darkened bath, surrounded by candles. She credits poets Rainer Maria Rilke and Sylvia Plath as her main influences.
Nico was played by Lorelei King in the stage play "All Tomorrow's Parties".
The character Lane Kim from Gilmore Girls (2000) is a huge fan of her.
Has influenced many musicians as well as numerous contemporary goth bands.
Longtime companion of film director Philippe Garrel; they lived together for about 10 years.
Met eighteen-year-old Jackson Browne in New York City. He later played guitar behind her onstage, and contributed to her first album, "Chelsea Girl".
Her album "Chelsea Girl" and her collaboration with 'The Velvet Underground', "The Velvet Underground & Nico", appear on Robert Dimery's list "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die".
Following her untimely death, she was interred along with her mother at Grunewald Forest Cemetery in Berlin, Germany.

Personal Quotes (5)

[on one of her experiences with Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground] They also played the record of Bob Dylan's song, "I'll Keep It with Mine", because I didn't have enough to sing otherwise. I had to stand there and sing along with it. I had to do this every night for a week. It was the most stupid concert I have ever done.
I'm a nihilist, so I like destruction. Nihilism seemed to be the most suitable religion since I started to think.
(observing one of Andy Warhol's 1960s "happenings") It's like the Red Sea parting.
I don't think about the future, I can't think further than tomorrow morning -- at the most. I leave that to somebody else.
[on Anita Pallenberg] I knew her since we were first hanging out in London with The Rolling Stones. She was a real nasty person. She would do anything to upset her girlfriends. I don't know her anymore.

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