Just as the entrance of Anna Nicole Smith into Hollywood
came with a huge explosion, so was her sudden tragic death in February, 2007.
Anna died after being rushed to a Florida hospital following a
collapse at a Florida Hard Rock Casino Hotel. She was only 39 years old. According to reports,
was found dead in her hotel room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
in Hollywood, Florida and was unresponsive when paramedics arrived at her
room. She was rushed to Memorial Regional
Hospital, and her attorney, Ron Rale, confirmed that she died about two hours later.
Born in 1967, this super model and Playboy centerfold model
began her short career as a "Guess" jeans model, became Playboy's Playmate of the Year in 1993,
started acting in feature films such as "The Hudsucker Proxy" with
Jennifer Jason Leigh, and
"Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult" (1994). In both movies, she played roles
similar to her public personality. Anna them appeared in
the action thriller "To The Limit" (1995), about Colette, an
attractive ex-CIA agent seeking revenge against a ruthless villain and his
organization of trained assassins for the murder of her husband.
Anna Nicole appeared in another action thriller titled "Skyscraper" (1996)
about a helicopter charter that soon turns deadly when the female pilot
finds that she is on a building held by terrorists. It is up to her and her
husband to save the hostages.
Smith was born Vickie Lynn Hogan and
was reportedly neglected by her father and altenated her time between her mother and
aunt. When she was just 17 years old she met Billy Smith who she married.
That same year the couple had a baby boy named
Daniel. As a high school dropout, Anna Nicole worked at a local
fried chicken restaurant and various other small jobs. She moved to Houston,
Texas leaving behind her husband Billy, and started dancing at topless clubs and strip bars.
She became one of the highest paid strippers in Houston. It was at a strip club that
she met Texan millionaire J. Howard Marshall who was
drawn to the dancer immediately and began lavishing her with gifts and money and
impressing her with his riches.
Shortly after falling in love with Marshall, Anna Nicole had breast
enlargement surgery and Playboy Magazine noticed her new boobs and offered her a full
page spread. Her Playboy experience, where she was named Playmate of the
jump started her career in Hollywood as other magazine, television and print
jobs flooded her mailbox, including the popular Guess? Jeans
It was her 1994 marriage to 89-year-old oil tycoon J.
Howard Marshall that got the tabloid media calling her a "gold digger
and whore". With Marshall's
death in 1995 just 14 months into their marriage, Smith contested his six wills and trusts, all which
said she was to
receive no money, in a Texas probate court. In 1996, she declared
bankruptcy where a judge ruled she was permitted to receive $476
million of Marshall's estate, a source of anger within the Marshall family.
When the E! "True Hollywood Story" featuring Anna and
her lawyer Howard K. Stern aired in 1997, the network received a surprising
reaction from viewers. It immediately became the networks' highest rated
show. When MTV aired the smash hit reality series, "The Osbournes" in 2002, E! wasted
no time following MTV's lead in the reality genre, asking Howard Stern to star in what would become the
"The Anna Nicole Show," recounting the daily life of the dancer
and model, her personal lawyer, her young pink haired
lesbian assistant Kim Walther, her little dog Sugar Pie and her amazingly well adjusted
son Daniel. Although viewers were regularly humored by her bizarre actions, they were also
horrified by her obvious drug use, bad language, spoiled girl
personality, obese overweight figure and drug induced slurry Southern drawl.
As the show ended production 2004, Anna used her reputation to team with the diet drug TrimSpa and
swiftly returned to her
original slender, sexy figure. While Anna Nicole appeared more sober and drug free in public appearances than
in the past, she would still make tabloid news for her often drugged out, speech
slurring and zombie like behavior, such as when she presented
an award to Kanye West
at the American Music Awards in 2005.
In 2005, Anna Nicole also lost her legal appeal to claim a much larger share of Marshall's
estate and fortune,
but as a beloved figure in the tabloids, she found a new job
as a syndicated writer for a new version of the National
In 2007, Anna's son Daniel was found dead in a Bahamas
hospital room. In an "Inquest" into his death, the Bahaman courts
found Daniel's death was accidental. Several rumors and tons of gossip
followed the proceedings, including an investigation of drug use by his
family and friends.
Both Daniel and Anna Nicole Smith are buried on
Bahaman National soil.