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Thursday, 12 March 2009 11:22

Frederik van Pallandt with his second wife, Maria, in Ibiza in 1978. Frederik, Baron van Pallandt

Born: May 4, 1932, Denmark

Died: May 15, 1994

Age: 61

Cause of death:  Murder

Notable because: Danish aristocrat, became successful Recording artist with his then wife, Nina, as Nina and Frederick, before his love of sailing led him to the Philippines where he somehow became involved with Australian drug criminals which led to his murder along with his second wife.

Frederik, Baron van Pallandt was best known as the male, guitar playing half of the late 1950s-early 1960s singing duo, Nina & Frederik.

He and his first wife, Nina van Pallandt, created a sensation first in Denmark and then throughout Europe with music rooted in folk, ethnic, and calypso styles and, at first, their plain stage attire. Their recordings were released in the United States on the Atlantic Records subsidiary Atco but didn't enjoy the same success as they'd enjoyed in Europe; they may have been ahead of the music curve which saw folk music enjoy an explosive revival in the U.S. in the early 1960s.

The couple had three children:

  • Floris Nicolas Ali, Baron van Pallandt (June 10, 1961 - 2006), a film writer, director and painter.
  • Kirsa Eleonore Clara, Baroness van Pallandt, born August 9, 1963.
  • Ana Maria Else, Baroness van Pallandt, born October 30, 1965.

Their musical careers continued until they parted in 1969, divorcing in 1975.

On May 10, 1976, Frederik Van Pallandt married María Jesus de Los Rios y Coello of Portugal, with whom he had one child:

  • Daniel Tilopa, Baron van Pallandt, born May 12, 1977. avid sailor, according to his former wife's memoir, Frederik van Pallandt settled in the Philippines in the 1990s. He joined a major Australian crime syndicate, for which he provided transportation for drug trafficking. In 1994, both he and María were shot dead aboard their yacht in the Phillipines, supposedly by river pirates. However, their murderer is believed to have been another member of the drug syndicate.


In the early 1970s, Nina van Pallandt was romantically linked to fellow Ibiza resident Clifford Irving. In the 2007 film, The Hoax, about Irving's fake autobiography of Howard Hughes, Nina van Pallandt is portrayed by Julie Delpy. The film starred Richard Gere, who appeared with the real van Pallandt in one of his earliest films, American Gigolo.

She also appeared in several Robert Altman films during the 1970s, including The Long Goodbye, A Wedding, and Quintet.

In 1969 she contributed the song "Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?" to the James Bond movie, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, starring George Lazenby.


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