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).She attended school until the age 13, and began selling lingerie in the exclusive department store Ka De We, eventually getting modeling jobs in Berlin.

After appearing in several television advertisements, Nico got a small role in Alberto Lattuada's film La Tempesta (1958).

She also appeared in Rudolph Maté's For the First Time, with Mario Lanza, later that year.

At these shows, she was accompanied by a revolving cast of guitarists, including members of the Velvet Underground, Tim Hardin, Tim Buckley, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Jackson Browne.

For her debut album, 1967's Chelsea Girl, she recorded songs by Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin, and Jackson Browne, among others.

At age 17, she was contracted by Coco Chanel to promote their products, but she fled to New York City and abandoned the job.

Through her travels, she learned to speak English, Spanish, and French.

After splitting her time between New York and Paris, she got the lead role in Jacques Poitrenaud's Strip-Tease (1963).

She recorded the title track, which was written by Serge Gainsbourg but not released until 2001, when it was included in the compilation Le Cinéma de Serge Gainsbourg.

Nico's friend Jim Morrison suggested that she start writing her own material.