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Anna Nicole Smith

TV Personality / Internet Celebrity

Born: 28 November 1967
Died: 8 February 2007
Birthplace: Mexia, Texas
Best known as: The blonde bombshell celebrity who died suddenly in 2007

Name at birth: Vicky Lynn Hogan

Anna Nicole Smith was a zaftig blonde bombshell whose career as a celebrity began when she was named Playboy's Playmate of the Year in 1993. She starred in a series of glossy ads for Guess? clothing, and her busting-out-all-over appeal made her a popular pinup in the early days of the Internet. Then Smith became the stuff of talk show one-liners after she married 89-year-old oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall in 1994. He died the next year, leaving Smith to battle his family for control of his fortune. The legal wrangling seemed finished in 2002, when federal judge David Carter awarded Smith $88.5 million as her share of Marshall's estate, but later legal challenges kept the case alive. Smith's well-known battles with her weight also led to her role as a spokeswoman for TrimSpa diet products. Smith also starred in the The Anna Nicole Show, a "reality" TV series about her life which aired from 2002-03. The show cemented her reputation as a celebrity more famous for being a celebrity than for anything else. Smith gave birth to a daughter, Dannielynn Hope, in September of 2006; the event was marred when Smith's 20-year-old son Daniel died suddenly while visiting her in the hospital three days later. Legal battles involving the paternity of her daughter followed her into 2007, and she was also named in a class-action lawsuit against TrimSpa. Smith was found unconscious in her hotel room in Hollywood, Florida on the afternoon of 8 February 2007 and rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The medical examiner's report eventually blamed Smith's death on a fatal combination of the sedative chloral hydrate and several other prescription drugs. Two months after her death, a court-ordered DNA test showed that Smith's former boyfriend, Larry Birkhead, was the father of Dannielynn.

Extra credit: Smith's daughter was born on 7 September 2006 in Nassau... Smith and Stern held a "commitment ceremony" in the Bahamas on 28 September 2006, but the legal status of that relationship has been questioned.... Stern is no relation to the radio host Howard Stern... Daniel Smith (b. 22 January 1986) was Anna Nicole's son with her first husband, Billy Smith. Nicole and Smith were married from 1985-87. After an autopsy, Daniel Smith's death was attributed to a lethal and accidental combination of methadone and two antidepressants... Anna Nicole Smith appeared with O.J. Simpson in the 1994 comedy The Naked Gun 33 1/3.

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