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Singer, model, actress, Andy Warhol superstar, cameo in "La Dolce Vita
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High cheekbones, Deep German voice
Singer-songwriter, lyricist, composer, musician, fashion model, and actress,
Bebe Buell (model, singer), Catherine James (model, groupie)
Nico. The Life and Lies of an Icon  (Richard Witts), L'Amour N'Oublie Jamais  (Ari Boulogne), Andy Warhol Screen Tests: The Films of Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonne , The End - Songs they never play on the Radio  (James Young), Nico ***  (Mel Clay, Syd Pierre), Nico Songs 1965-1988  (Dream Academy), Nico In Camera  (Serge Féray), Nico Cible mouvante, Chansons, Poèmes, Journal  (Nico, Jacques Pauvert and Ari Boulogne)
All Tomorrow's Parties (theatre stage), Oliver Stone's The Doors , Factory Girl 
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Christa Päffgen (16 October 1938 – 18 July 1988), known by her stage name Nico, was a German singer, songwriter, musician, model, and actress. She had roles in several films, including Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (1960) and Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls (1966).
Fabienne Shine (model, singer)
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Cerebral hemorrhage (due to a biking accident)
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Nico (born Christa Päffgen; 16 October 1938 – 18 July 1988) was a German singer-songwriter, lyricist, composer, musician, fashion model, and actress, who initially rose to fame as a Warhol Superstar in the 1960s. She is known for both her vocal collaboration on The Velvet Underground's debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967), and her work as a solo artist from the late 1960s through the 1980s. She also had roles in several films, including Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (1960) and Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls (1966), as herself. Nico died in July 1988, as a result of injuries sustained in a cycling accident while vacationing in Ibiza with her son.
Nico was born Christa Päffgen in Cologne. When she was two years old, she moved with her mother and grandfather to the Spreewald forest outside of Berlin. Her father was enlisted as a soldier during World War II, and sustained head injuries that caused severe brain damage; he was variously said to have died in a concentration camp, or to have faded away as a result of the shellshock he suffered.
In 1946, Nico and her mother relocated to downtown Berlin, where Nico worked as a seamstress. She attended school until the age 13, and then began selling lingerie in the exclusive department store KaDeWe, eventually getting modeling jobs in Berlin. Standing at five feet, ten inches tall and with chiseled features and porcelain skin, Nico rose to prominence as a fashion model as a teenager.
At 15 years of age, according to various conflicting accounts, Nico was said to have been raped by a member of the U.S. Air Force who was sentenced to death. Her song "Secret Side" from the album The End, made oblique references to this. A review of the album The End examines the poetry of "Secret Side" and questions the validity of the rape legend.
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Art Rock, Folk Rock, Protopunk, Experimental, Avant-Garde
Vocals, Keyboards, Harmonium, Tambourine
Verve, Elektra, Reprise, Island, Beggars Banquet
The Velvet Underground, John Cale, Lou Reed, Brian Jones, Kevin Ayers, John Cooper Clarke, The Invisible Girls, Blue Orchids, Bob Dylan, Brian Eno, Iggy Pop
Avant-garde, Gothic Rock, Art Rock, Folk Rock
Keyboards, Harmonium, Tambourine
gothic rock, art rock, folk rock
keyboards, harmonium, tambourine
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