She had a voice of doom and a Teutonic blonde perfection that dared to take on the ravages of time and destiny. To her generation and to all those rebellious hearts that followed, she became the ultimate underground icon. She is Nico. Although she is best known for having sung on the first record by New York City art-noise band and Andy Warhol protégés The Velvet Underground, Nico was actually taking a step down when she signed on as a rock 'n' roll siren. Big eyes, big lips, big cheekbones, a sculpted nose, and an expression of placid certitude, Nico had reigned as a top European model, mothered a love child with a top European actor, and appeared as herself in a top Federico Fellini film, La Dolce Vita (1960).