Anna Nicole Smith created quite a splash during her tragically short life. She had a real-life rags-to-riches story and she was loved by all and mocked by all. She married a man 63 years her senior and she was seen as “sloppy," “a mess,” and over the top. Remember “Trimspa baby?" Whether you loved her, hated her or didn’t understand her, you had to admit that she was more than memorable.
But while she played “the blonde” stereotype when she was in the limelight, she was no ditz. She wasn’t perfect, but she was a fighter and would do anything to provide for her family. Unfortunately, she lost her battle with addiction and died when she was only 40-years-old.
Before she became a Playboy cover girl, Anna Nicole was born into poverty in Houston, Texas. When she was in high school, she moved to a small town called Mexia to spend more time with her aunt. This move was supposed to help her stay on track, but she rebelled and dropped out of high school in her sophomore year.
Anna met her first husband, Billy Wayne Smith, when she was working as a waitress at a fried chicken joint called Jim’s Krispy Fried Chicken. Anna was only 17-years-old when they got married. The two wasted no time and she gave birth to her son Daniel on January 22, 1986. Look at how young they were when they had Daniel. Babies having babies!
Her son Daniel was the light of her life. When he died of a drug overdose, she named her daughter Dannielyn in memory of him. Daniel’s death was the end of Anna’s life too. She was never the same again.
Anna Nicole Smith was her stage name. Her real name was Vicky Lynn Hogan. It was Marciano’s idea for her to go by the stage name Anna Nicole Smith. "To me, she was Anna, but Anna Smith did not sound right so we did Anna Nicole Smith."
Anna Nicole always had curves and she loved to show them off. In a world of super skinny, reed-thin models, she was an exception. She also had a major sweet tooth. Anna Nicole reportedly demanded that she have Godiva Chocolates at all of her Guess shoots.
You could tell just by looking at her that Anna was obsessed with Marilyn Monroe. Growing up poor, she always aspired to be just like her one day. Whenever she would travel, she would bring copies of Monroe films with her.
When she married J. Howard Marshall, who was 63 years her senior, people obviously questioned her intentions. This marriage caused many problems in her life and eventually it was responsible for her downfall. The two said they were marrying for love, but outsiders begged to differ.
When Marshall died in 1995, Anna was not included in his will. She was determined to get half of his $1.6 billion fortune and took his family to court claiming that he verbally agreed to leave her half of his earnings. She was in a legal battle with his family for years which caused her to file for bankruptcy and she ended up in rehab because of the stress.
When her son Daniel died, she was never the same again. He died in the hospital bed with her when he came to visit his newborn sister in the hospital. They later found out that he died of a drug overdose. Anna turned to prescription drugs to numb her pain. This eventually led to her own death.
Before she died there was a custody battle and paternity lawsuit regarding Dannielyn. Some believed that Lawyer Howard Kevin Stern was the father and he was even on the birth certificate. Larry Birkhead, her former partner, came forward as the father and has stepped in to rais his daughter when Anna passed.
Anna’s story is a tragic one and in the end, drugs ended her life. She was funny, silly and drop dead gorgeous. She wasn’t afraid to make fun of herself and she knew what people thought about her, and she did whatever she wanted. It has been more than ten years since she passed away on February 8, 2007, and November 28th would have been her 50th birthday if she was still alive today.