It’s been almost ten years since Anna Nicole Smith’s death, but her life story continues to fascinate and intrigue people around the world. Her entire story, from beginning to end, had every element needed to capture the attention of millions of people: rags-to-riches, marrying a man 60 years older than her, the beauty, the ongoing tragedy in her life, the media’s obsession with her every move and her untimely death. She was known for being:
After Anna Nicole passed away from an accidental overdose on prescription drugs, her partner Larry Birkhead gained custody of their only daughter, Dannielynn. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Larry explained that he decided to retire from the spotlight with Dannielynn so that she could have a normal and balanced childhood.
Every year, the two make a public appearance at the Kentucky Derby where Larry and Anna Nicole first met. The media usually goes on a frenzy, hoping to get an interview with Larry, but most importantly, everyone wants to see how much little Dannielynn looks like her mom as she grows up. This year, everyone got to see just how much she resembles the late fashion model.
We all know most of the details about Anna Nicole’s life: she was born in Texas, had a son when she was 20, and began her career as an exotic dancer in one of Houston’s upscale nightclubs. She was also modelling on the side, and at the age of 24 she scored her first big photoshoot with Playboy magazine, where she posed wearing a low-cut red dress on their March 1992 issue.
The photoshoot caught the attention of Guess? Jeans designer Paul Marciano, and soon after that, he signed her as a model for the fashion company. The press called her the next Marilyn Monroe, which Anna Nicole embraced by wearing tousled curls and bright red lipstick for the campaign.
Her climb to fame was steady and fast after that. She was cast in a few movies soon after her modelling career took off. She played Za-Za in the Coen brothers’ The Hudsucker Proxy, then scored a much larger role in Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult alongside Priscilla Presley and Leslie Nielsen.
Her high profile marriage to the oil billionaire J. Howard Marshall II came around the same time as her movie career began. Marshall was 89 at the time the wedding took place, but the age difference didn’t stop them from tying the knot in 1994. Marshall passed away a year later, and a legal battle between Anna Nicole and her stepson soon followed.
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