Can we be honest here?
Labelled the first super model (she wasn’t), a star (nope, sorry) and a goth icon (sorry, heroin and wearing black doesn’t make an icon) Nico was a violent racist and insufferable bully who screamed at musicians on stage during the concert and made life for the members of the Velvet Underground a nightmare. Today, Nico is largely remembered as the odd, comically over-serious Teutonic femme fatale who made unlistenably gloomy records, or else as an over-sexed super-groupie who showed just how far you could get in show business with great bone structure. Despite what is written about Christa “Nico” Päffgen, in her 20’s and early 30’s she had been a tall, blond, beautiful actress, model and singer who was somewhat famous in the U.S. and Europe. By her forties she was nearly incoherent, her teeth were rotten, her hair was unkempt, her skin was bad and she had needle tracks everywhere. She drank heavily and had been addicted to narcotics for 15 years. After being spurned by lovers Jim Morrison (she asked him to marry her and he just laughed), Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Iggy Pop, Velvet Underground bandmate Lou Reed as well as the French film star Alain Delon (they had a child together but he refuses to recognize his son) she fell into a serious drug addiction all the while recording a series of commercially unsuccessful albums backed by multiple rotating bands with dwindling audiences at her live concerts.
And it wasn’t just the boys — Nico is rumored to have had lesbian affairs with French movie star Jeanne Moreau and fashion icon Coco Chanel.
And her son? Christian Aaron Boulogne, whom she called Ari was raised by Alain Delon’s parents. Ari became a photographer and actor, and had a son, born in 1999, and a daughter, born in 2006 and keeps a very low profile. When Ari was 19 he returned to live with his mother who not only introduced Ari to heroin, she even shared needles with him.
Final Resting Place:
Berlin, , 14193
Grave Location:Abteilung IV, a.d.M. 50
Grave Location Description
Located in the largest forested area in Berlin, Germany as you enter the cemetery through the front gates walk up two rows towards Abteilung IV (Department 4) and look to your left for the black (of course) monument she shares with her mother.
Grave Location GPS52.4925, 13.211111
Read More About Nico:
- Published Obituary
- Wikipedia Entry
- Nico-Icon: Behind The Obscurity of a Star
- How Nico went from supermodel to 'Priestess of Darkness'
- Review - Is The Velvet Underground & Nico overrated?
- From the Velvets to the Void
- 30 years after her death, Nico finally comes into focus
- Rock and Roll's Bed Hopping Beauty is Misunderstood