Anna Nicole Smith (born Vickie Lynn Hogan 28.11.67 - 08.02.07)
Anna Nicole Smith was model, television personality and Playmate of the Year (1993), known for her controversial marriage to billionaire J. Howard Marshall and the court case that arose after his death.
Childhood: Anna Nicole Smith was born Vicki Lynn Hogan in Houston, Texas in less than favourable conditions. Her parents divorced early in her childhood and she grew up under the guidance of both her mother and aunt. Smith attended Mexia High School, yet after failing her freshman year, she left and sought employment instead. After working in both Wal-Mart and Red Lobster, Smith began working as a stripper, leading to her answering a Playboy advert in 1991.
Career: After attending an audition for Playboy, Hugh Hefner was so impressed by Smith that he chose her for the cover girl of the March 1992 issue. In 1994, Smith made her film debut in 'The Hudsucker Proxy' from the Coen brothers. Her established modelling career helped lend to the film's promotion, although the film had only moderate success. Her highly publicised marriage to oil tycoon and billionaire J. Howard Marshall, who was 63 years older than Anna, lead to a long and painful legal battle following his death in August 4, 1995. The legal battle raged on until Anna Nicole Smith untimely death in 2007. After a seven week investigation it was officially concluded that Smith died of combined drug intoxication with the sleeping pills.
Personal Life: In 1985, Smith married Billy Smith, and the two had a child in the following year named Daniel Wayne Smith. In 1993, Smith met J. Howard Marshall, and promptly divorced Billy Smith. Smith and Marshall were married in 1994, yet Marshall passed away the following year. In 2006, Smith's son Daniel died a few days after she gave birth to Dannielynn Hope Birkhead. Later in the same month, Smith married Howard K. Stern, before she died from an accidental drug overdose in the following year.
Finally, the legal battle is resolved and the six-year-old has inherited
Anna Nicole (nee) Smith died tragically, while fighting a legal battle for her late husband’s millions, but Nicole Smith’s daughter from another relationship, Dannielynn Birkhead, has seen the case resolved and in her favor. Anna Nicole famously married millionaire J. Howard Marshall, who was 62 years her senior, in 1994. He died one year later, kicking off a chain of tragic events, which included the death by drug overdose of Smith’s son Daniel in 2006 and her own overdose on prescription drugs just five months later.
When Anna Nicole died, she was still engaged in the battle with Marshall’s family over his estate, estimated to be somewhere between $500 million and $1 billion. Anna Nicole never saw the payout, but now, thanks to the ruling of a California judge, her 6-year-old daughter will, according to TMZ’s report on the case. The website states that the payout will be for the grand total of $49 million, despite despite a 2011 Supreme Court ruling against Smith's estate that overturned a previous $475 million.
Hopefully now the whole thing can be left behind in the past, so that Dannielynn might have a chance at a normal childhood – or as normal as possible, under the circumstances. Dannielynn currently lives with her father, Larry Birkhead and does modelling work for Guess Jeans’ children’s division.
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The highlight of this week’s movie releases is, unarguable. This is the time of year that many major releases come smothered in a blanket of ‘will it / won’t it’ chatter, with regards to Oscar nominations. The run-up to the release of the Brad Pitt-starring Killing Them Softly has been muted, though and it looks as though the Academy might be glossing over this particular mob tale.
Of course, gangster stories, in themselves, are nothing new in Hollywood but Killing Them Softly is showing signs of being one of the better ones. The perfect mix of dark drama and dark humour, Pitt leads a stellar cast, including James Gandolfini, and Ray Liotta (gangster movie essentials, no?) and director Andrew Domink has wooed the critics, thus far, causing Andrew O’Hehir of Salon.com to comment “It has a weird, buzzing, intense quality that has burrowed its way deep into my brain like some invasive sci-fi organism.” It remains to be seen, though, whether the folk over at the Academy decide it’s worthy of a nod.
Anna Nicole Smith's daughter Dannielynn Birkhead, 6, has stepped in front of the camera to model for Guess - the U.S. clothing brand that her late mother modelled for in 1992-1993, reports Reuters.
Photos of Dannielynn modelling for the brand's spring 2013 kid's line emerged this week, showing the six-year-old wearing a denim skirt, yellow belt and fedora hat. Another shot sees the youngster leaning against a piece of driftwood on a beach, gazing out wistfully across the ocean. The company's creative director Paul Marciano suggested Dannielynn is a natural, just like her mother who died of an accidental overdose in 2007. He told US Weekly magazine, "Dannielynn has the same playful spirit that her mother had on a set. She is a second-generation Guess girl, which makes this campaign a first for us." Anne Nicole - best known for marrying the oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall when he was 89 and she was 26 - modelled for Guess shortly after appearing on the cover of Playboy magazine. She died in Florida at the age of 39.
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Howard K Stern and Anna Nicole Smith - Howard K. Stern Nassau, Bahamas - the former companion of Anna Nicole Smith, arrives at a court house in the Bahamas, during the inquest into the death of Daniel Smith Tuesday 18th March 2008
Former Playboy bunny Anna Nicole Smith has died aged 39.
Ms Smith was found to be unresponsive in her hotel room in Florida overnight at and was pronounced dead just one hour later in hospital.
The blonde bombshell, born Vickie Lynn Hogan, was once called the "next Marilyn Monroe" for her voluptuous figure and styling herself on the troubled actress for the cover of Playboy magazine.
The actress and model rose to notoriety after her marriage to billionaire J. Howard Marshall in 1994 when she was 26 and the oil giant was aged 89. Mr Marshall died just over one year later and began a legal battle for Ms Smith for a portion of his fortune which ended in 2006.
On 10th September last year Ms Smith's 20-year-old son from her first marriage, Daniel, died just three days after giving birth to her daughter Dannielynn in the Bahamas.
It is believed that a post-mortem examination will be carried out today to determine the cause of death.
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has expressed his sadness at the news of Ms Smith's death saying: "I am very saddened to learn about Anna Nicole's passing. She was a dear friend who meant a great deal to the Playboy family and to me personally."
Continue reading: Anna Nicole Smith Dies Aged 39