Anna Nicole Smith
Anna Nicole Smith was a blonde bombshell who made waves as an international tabloid star. In 1992, she appeared as centerfold of Hugh Hefner’s Playboy magazine and soon after was named 1993 Playmate of the Year. Additionally, Smith has modelled for Guess, H&M and Heatherette clothing lines.
Anna’s life was marked by a series of unfortunate events that culminated in her premature passing. She married an 80-year-old oil tycoon in 1994 and passed away three years after giving birth to her daughter Dannielynn Birkhead, in 2007.
Her story begins in Houston, where she dropped out of high school during her sophomore year and started working as a cook at a fried chicken restaurant. There, she met Billy Smith – who would later help take care of their son Daniel – and shortly after met an oil tycoon who took an interest in her.
Her marriage to Marshall didn’t last long and soon after she found herself embroiled in a legal dispute with his heirs over her share of his estate. Additionally, she was embroiled in an inter-personal paternity dispute with ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead who claimed that he was Dannielynn’s father.
She modelled for various fashion companies, such as Guess, and was the cover girl of Playboy magazine in 2002. Additionally, she became a successful reality TV star when she hosted The Anna Nicole Show in 2002.
The show focused on her personal life and featured Howard K. Stern, Kimberly “Kimmie” Walther, her miniature poodle Sugar Pie and interior decorator Bobby Trendy.
Her life became a media spectacle, with fans often comparing her to Marilyn Monroe – her favorite celebrity. She was an outspoken, seductive woman who enjoyed parties.
Smith began as a dancer who worked at local bars and strip clubs. Her big break came when she sent in photos of herself to Playboy, leading to employment as a centerfold model and earning the title of Playmate of the Year. Later she was hired as a model for Guess, H&M and Heatherette clothing lines.
Smith had a dream of becoming a movie actress when she was in her late teens, hoping to follow in the footsteps of actress Jean Harlow and model Marilyn Monroe.
She had five half-siblings, including a half-brother and sister; additionally, she has an auntie.
Despite all of her life’s obstacles, she never gave up on her dreams. She worked tirelessly to achieve success in the entertainment industry and was admired for her seductive charm.
She was an outspoken supporter of gay rights, attending the 35th annual Los Angeles Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade in 2005 as a champion for these rights.
Her life was a rollercoaster of heartbreak and scandal. She was an enchanting woman who tragically lost both her children to drugs, then husband to cancer.
Her death resulted in numerous court cases and a media storm, with reports about her passing appearing almost daily on entertainment news programs. Her divorce from her husband was contentious, so she and Howard K. Stern held a small commitment ceremony to express their love and devotion but it wasn’t legally binding.