Joanna Harcourt-Smith
Born(1946-01-12)12 January 1946
St. Moritz, Switzerland
Died11 October 2020(2020-10-11) (aged 74)
OccupationPsychedelic activist, author, poet, podcaster
  • Nico Tambacopoulou
    (m. 1966, divorced)
  • John d'Amécourt
    (m. 1971, divorced)

Joanna Harcourt-Smith (13 January 1946 – 11 October 2020) was an author, poet, psychedelic activist and the founder of Future Primitive Podcast.


She was born at the Palace Hotel, St. Moritz, in Switzerland.[2]

Harcourt-Smith wrote two unpublished biographies and many poems.[3] She is also the author of Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary: My Psychedelic Love Story. The book recounts her experiences while "she was a flower-power teenager in the Sixties," lived with the Rolling Stones in France, cavorted with playboy Gunter Sachs, Salvador Dalí and the Aga Khan, before falling in love with Timothy Leary in 1972.[citation needed]

Although they were never legally married, Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary describes Harcourt-Smith's experiences as Timothy Leary's "common-law wife" between 1972 and 1977, a period that spanned the divide between his fourth and fifth marriages. They met while he was a fugitive in Europe, and from there the pair traveled to Afghanistan together. He was arrested in Afghanistan and the couple was extradited to California. While in the U.S., Harcourt-Smith advocated for Leary's release during his four-year imprisonment. Following his release they entered the Witness Protection Program.[4]

My Psychedelic Love Story, a documentary by acclaimed American writer, filmmaker and director Errol Morris based on Harcourt Smith's book, was released on Showtime on 29 November 2020.[citation needed]

On her weekly podcast, Future Primitive, Harcourt-Smith had over 400 interviews archived beginning in 2006. The interviews focused on preserving oral traditions and uniting emergent communities for a future that honors the planet.[5] Harcourt-Smith interviewed prominent thinkers of our times, visionaries, authors, psychedelic researchers and scholars.

Personal life

She was the granddaughter of Sir Cecil Harcourt-Smith and the stepdaughter of financier Árpád Plesch,[6] and the aunt of financier Arpad Busson.[citation needed]

In 1966 Harcourt-Smith married Nico Tambacopoulou in a ceremony that was attended by Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, and actor William Holden. The marriage ended in divorce. In 1971 she married John d'Amécourt and later divorced.[7][8]

She had 3 children, Lara Tambacopoulou, Alexis d'Amecourt, and Marlon Gobel.[7][8]

Harcourt-Smith spoke five languages, speaking three very well and two well enough to build relationships.[2]

She died on 11 October 2020 at the age of 74, at her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico[1] surrounded by her children and her partner, Jose Luis Gomez Soler.[8]


  1. ^ a b St. Charnez, Casey (24 June 2014). "My Book Report: Tripping the Bardo With Timothy Leary: My Psychedelic Love Story". Archived from the original on 25 October 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  2. ^ a b Weed, Susan. "Harcourt-Smith interview". Wise Woman Radio. Archived from the original on 25 October 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2020. She grew up in Paris and went to school in France. She speaks five languages three very well and two well enough to create relationships in that language.
  3. ^ "Power of Community: Joanna Harcourt-Smith,"] The Self-Care Revolution (Sept. 10, 2013). "Power of Community: Joanna Harcourt-Smith". Join the self care revolution. Archived from the original on 31 July 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2020. Joanna Harcourt-Smith is the creator and producer of Future Primitive a podcast website (
  4. ^ "The Psychedelia podcast: Interview with Gay Dillngham". Archived from the original on 10 August 2020. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Towards an effortless and aesthetic harmony with the living world". Marion Institute. Archived from the original on 25 October 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2020. Since 2006, Joanna Harcourt Smith has searched the internet for contemporary voices that speak “Truth to Beauty”.
  6. ^ Rein, Lisa (30 August 2017). "Interview with Timothy Leary Archivist Michael Horowitz". Boing Boing. Archived from the original on 14 August 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Joanna Harcourt-Smith partner of Timothy Leary dies aged 74". News Colony. 13 November 2020. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  8. ^ a b c "Joanna Harcourt-Smith". The Times of London. Retrieved 12 November 2020.