Nurit Wilde Biography
Nurit is mainly known around Monkee circles as the chick who Mike had an affair with. But as it turns out, she was a chick who had relationships with lots of rock stars. And as we all know, I respect that.
Nurit was born in Israel and somehow, ended up in Canada. She met Denny Doherty and Cass Elliot (who would later end up in the Mamas and the Papas) at a club in Toronto, through Zal Yanovsky of the Lovin Spoonful. She was really well connected. Anyway, Nurit later went on the work at the Bitter End club in Greenwich Village. This is probably where she met Peter Tork.
So yeah, she was seeing some dude named Steve Sanders (NOT the Beverly Hills 90210 character), and they somehow ended up in California. And somehow, around this time, Nurit picked up a camera and started taking pictures of her friends. Fortuntately for her, her friends just happened to be some of the most popular rock stars of the time!
Once in L.A, Nurit ran the lights and sound at the Troubador and the Whiskey a Go Go, which provided a good opportunity for her to meet even more rock stars. It's rumoured she had a relationship with Stephen Stills of the Buffalo Springfield, as well as John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas.
Nurit: "I, all of the sudden fell madly in love with John, out of the blue, really, because we had been friends...I saw him in a different light and fell madly in love with him.."
This was during his break with Michelle Phillips. But after a little while, John's controlling behavior became too much for Nurit. So of course, the obvious thing to do was to find someone else. So she started hanging around with Peter Tork. I'm not going to lie, I have no idea if Nurit and Peter Tork were ever more than friends. She went to the Zilch opening in early 1968 with him, and it was through Peter that Nurit got to take the numerous candid Monkees photos that she has on her website. They did know eachother since the Village scene, so who knows? What I do know, is that she was his guest when they were shooting the episode "Monkees in Texas", and she appears (briefly) in the romp for "Words". It was also through Peter, that Nurit met Michael Nesmith.
I also don't know how in-depth Mike & Nurit's relationship was, but what's obvious is that she and Mike had an affair (while poor Phyllis was PREGNANT) and Nurit got pregnant with his kid.
Jason Nesmith, Nurit & Mike's son was born in L.A on August 7th, 1968. He's a total babe. Real hot. Supposedly it took Nez a little while to accept Jason as his son, but things are fine and dandy now, and Nez is totally supportive of Jason's musical career.
In the 70s, Nurit worked as a production photographer on some movies, and she was involved in film development. Right now she's working on a book about Israel.
Although in Monkeedom, Nurit is sometimes regarded as Nez's "mistress" or spoken of in very negative terms, I think she is a pretty cool lady. She wasn't just some groupie that Nez picked up on the strip or anything. At the time of their relationship, Nurit was already a very respected photographer. Her photographs were featured in magazines like TeenSet, and she was able to take pictures of stars like Jim Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Tim Buckley, Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder and more. So to all of those naysayers: don't be a hater!
Nurit's Flickr photos
Nurit's Photos of Neil Young from TeenSet Magazine (1968)