Joanna Harcourt-Smith

Joanna was Timothy Leary’s fourth wife however never legally married. She shared what was probably the most difficult period of his life.


Joanna Harcourt-Smith

After meeting Leary in Europe while he was a fugitive, the couple went to Afghanistan, where they were arrested and sent to California – a foreign place where she had never been. She advocated long for Leary’s release from prison and witnesses his mistreatment there. After almost four years ot Leary’s imprisonment and turning State’s evidence, she accompanied Leary into the Federal Witness Protection plan in New Mexico.

Joanna is the author of Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary: My Psychedelic Love Story, an account of her experiences while “she was a flower-power teenager in the Sixties, lived with the Rolling Stones in France, cavorted with playboy Gunther Sachs, Salvador Dali and the Aga Khan, before falling in love with the LSD guru Timothy Leary, by whom she has a son, Marlon Gobel.”

Today she lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she hosts the popular podcast future primitive.

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Joanna Harcourt-Smith


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