Anna Nicole Smith (1967-2007), America’s most famous brainless beauty, died this week at age 39, three years older than her hero, Marilyn Monroe. The cause of death may not be known for some weeks. There is no sign so far of foul play.
Her 20-year-old son Daniel died just last September. It broke her heart.
She was born Vickie Lynn Hogan in a small town in Texas. By the time she was two her father had left. She moved to Houston and became a second-rate topless dancer with the stage name of “Anna Nicole”.
There in 1991 she met one of the richest men in Texas, J Howard Marshall II. He loved her and she loved at least his money. By May 1992 she had become Playboy‘s Playmate of the Month. Men liked her so much that in 1993 she went on to become Playmate of the Year.
In 1994 she married Marshall. She was 26 with an incredible body and he was 89 with an incredible fortune. Smith was widely despised for marrying him. She liked spending his money, but she was not there at his side in the last months of his life.
He died in 1995. She says he had promised her half his fortune, but his will said otherwise: he left everything to his son Pierce.
She spent the next 12 years fighting over her husband’s estate with Pierce. When Pierce died in 2006, she fought his wife. In 2000 a judge awarded her almost a third of her husband’s fortune, about $450 million (95 million crowns), but the decision was overturned. She died getting nothing. No final decision, however, has yet been made.
If she gets anything it will go to her five-month-old baby daughter, Dannielynn. Unsurprisingly, two men say they are her father. Just days before Smith died a judge ordered DNA tests to be done to find out who is the real father.
She has appeared in a few Hollywood films, including “Naked Gun 33 1/3”, but more for her looks than her ability to act.
From 2002 to 2004 she had a reality show on American television, “The Anna Nicole Show.” It showed her day-to-day life. She proved to be even more of an airhead than anyone knew. She was also getting fat and losing her famous looks. Later she lost a lot of the weight but the show was killed anyway.
She once said, “Marrying into money was not a good thing for me.”
Like too many girls who grow up without a father, she had difficulty relating to men. She used the power of her beauty to use men instead of love them. Consider how many women dance topless or marry men who are old enough to be their grandfather.
Anna Nicole Smith is gone but it seems her story is not yet over.