Anna Nicole Smith
Anna Nicole Smith (born Vickie Lynn Hogan; November 28, 1967 – February 8, 2007) was an American model, actress, and television personality. Smith first gained popularity in Playboy, winning the 1993 Playmate of the Year. She modeled for clothing companies, including Guess jeans and Lane Bryant.
Anna Nicole Smith dropped out of high school at age 15 and was married three years later, in 1985. Her highly publicized second marriage to J. Howard Marshall resulted in speculation that she married the octogenarian mainly for his money, which she denied. Following Marshall’s death, Smith began a lengthy legal battle over a share of his estate. Her case, Marshall v. Marshall, reached the U.S. Supreme Court on a question of federal jurisdiction, and again on a question of bankruptcy court authority (now called Stern v. Marshall).Anna Nicole Smith died on February 8, 2007 in a Hollywood, Florida hotel room as a result of an overdose of prescription drugs. During the final six months of her life, Smith was the focus of renewed press coverage surrounding the death of her son, Daniel, and the paternity and custody battle over her newborn daughter, Dannielynn.
(April 28, 1998) Crowned Miss Republic of Cuervo Gold, a title she retained for one year. She was one of 8 contestants, but won because “her party spirit won out”.
She liked lying in bed, watching television and shopping.
Former Guess? Jeans and Lane Bryant model; she began modeling at age 20.
Has fought her former stepson, E. Pierce Marshall
, in court since November 1999, suing for half of her late husband’s $1.6 billion estate. In September 2000, a Los Angeles bankruptcy judge awarded Anna $449,754,134 from her husband’s estate. But in July 2001, Houston judge Mike Wood vacated that award and ordered her to pay over $1 million in fees and expenses to stepson E. Pierce Marshall’s team. Finally, in March 2002, was awarded $88 million from the estate of her late husband, but was denied claim that she was also owed interest on that money. As of January 2007, the legal war wages on.
Her daily life was televised on E! network’s The Anna Nicole Show
(2002) which debuted on August 4, 2002. The last episode aired June 1, 2003.
Playboy Playmate of the Month May 1992. Playboy Playmate of the Year 1993. She was the biggest (tallest, heaviest, biggest measurements) Playmate of the Year, although India Allen
(1988) and Julie Cialini
(1995) were also 5′ 11″ tall.
Her Playmate data sheet for May 1992 gives her measurements at 36DD-26-38 with a weight of 140 lbs. When she became Playmate of the year, her weight was reported at 155 lbs. Her weight reached a peak of 224 lbs in 1996, but she managed to slim down to a reported 138 lbs in 1997. She gained weight since and was close to her peak weight in 2002, but she lost down to her natural weight in 2005 (back down to her 1990s modeling weight) and was a representative of a weight-loss program.
Worked in a fried chicken restaurant in Mexia, Texas, and married one of the cooks (Billy Smith), according to her Playboy Playmate of the Year interview.
After her first pictorial in Playboy, Guess? Jeans designer Paul Marciano
was so intrigued by her look that he contacted Playboy to ask “Who is this girl?”. He signed her as the Guess? Jeans model on the spot, no question asked.
An advertising campaign for Swedish fashion company “H&M” with posters of Anna caused several car accidents in major European cities (1994).
On September 7, 2006, she gave birth to a healthy 6 pound, 9 ounce baby girl named Dannielynn Hope. The name Hope is in memory of the baby’s deceased brother, Daniel Smith
, who died suddenly while visiting his mother and newborn sister in their hospital room on September 10, 2006.
Her son, Daniel Smith
, died suddenly while visiting his mother and newborn sister in their hospital room over the week ending September 10, 2006. He had flown to the Bahamas on Saturday to join his mother and was in her hospital room Sunday when he collapsed.
Howard K. Stern
announced on Larry King Live
(1985) that he is the father of Anna Nicole’s daughter, and that he and Anna have been in a relationship for some time. Photographer Larry Birkhead
filed suit to force DNA testing to prove he is the father. Howard and Anna fought Birkhead’s efforts, going so far as moving to the Bahamas to have the baby. On May 1, 2007, Birkhead was allowed to leave the Bahamas with the baby after a DNA test proved his paternity.
Born to Donald Eugene Hogan and Virgie Mae Tabers, she was raised by her mother and her aunt Elaine after her parents’ divorce in 1969.
The character “Hanna Nicola Smythe” on the NBC soap opera Passions
(1999) is based on her.
Has five half-siblings, including half-sister Donna Hogan
Descended from George Soule, married with Mary Bucket or Becket and Mayflower passenger.
Before landing her first cover of Playboy magazine, Anna was working at Wal-Mart earning $60 a week.
Anna’s line from her Trim-Spa commercials, “Like my body?”, also became her catchphrase.
Was a supporter of gays and lesbians, and even attended the 35th annual Los Angeles Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade in 2005.
Her substantial Guess earnings enabled her to hire a nanny to help care for then-7-year-old-son Daniel and buy a four-bedroom home in Houston, three horses and two cars.
When Guess? Jeans executive Paul Marciano first saw Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith in an early 1990s issue, he immediately thought of Jayne Mansfield
. Marciano hired Anna Nicole to replace Claudia Schiffer
as a Guess? Spokesmodel and molded Anna’s look and black-and-white photo sessions after Jayne Mansfield
in the Guess? Jeans advertisement campaign.
New York City Opera opened its season on September 17, 2013 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with the American premiere of “Anna Nicole”, an original opera by British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage.