She had five half siblings: Donna Hogan, David Tacker Jr. Smith was raised by her mother and aunt. Virgie subsequently married Donald R. When she was in the ninth grade, she was sent to live with her mother's younger sister, Kay Beall, in Mexia, Texas. Smith then secured a contract to replace supermodel Claudia Schiffer in a Guess jeans ad campaign featuring a series of sultry black-and-white photographs.
Guess photographers noticed Smith bore a striking resemblance to bombshell Jayne Mansfield and showcased her in several Mansfield-inspired photo sessions. This led to her being pictured on large billboards in Sweden and Norway.
In the photo, she appears squatting in a short skirt with cowboy boots as she eats chips. In October , her lawyer, T. Her lawyer stated Smith was under the impression that she was being photographed to embody the "all-American look. At age 26, she made her screen debut in the screwball comedy film , The Hudsucker Proxy.
She appeared as Za-Za, a flirtatious celebrity who flirts with the lead character, played by Tim Robbins , in a barbershop scene. The Final Insult , which was released seven days after her initial film debut. Her role in the film, that of a pivotal contact to a crime, earned her favorable reviews and the film enjoyed box office success.
Despite the publicity for her performance in both films, they each did very little to improve her acting career. Smith wanted to be taken more seriously as an actress, but Hollywood studios were reluctant. Her persona of a ditzy dumb blonde was compressed heavily in her film roles, which sought only to market her physical assets.
In an attempt to earn acting respect, Smith agreed to appear in To the Limit , which would be her first starring role. In the film she played Colette Dubois, a retired spy seeking revenge on the murderer of her late husband. Although the film was highly publicized and boasted a lavish budget and script, Smith's performance drew negative reviews and it was an ultimate box office bomb.
It offered Smith's first and only venture in a mainstream Hollywood leading role. By , Smith's acting career had declined considerably. After the failure of her previous motion picture, Hollywood studios began to realize her public popularity did not affect her acting abilities or ticket sales at the box office.
She appeared as herself in the pilot episode of The Naked Truth. Smith attempted to revitalize her film career with a leading role in Skyscraper in The low-budget, direct-to-video film offered Smith no more than "soft-core exploitation" and her movie career again stalled. In the late s, Smith focused her acting career on television. She appeared on the variety series Sin City Spectacular in That same year, Smith appeared in the tell-all self-promoting film, Anna Nicole Smith: Exposed, which was based on several photo sessions during her Playboy career.
In the early s, Smith had very few acting roles. As a result of her rising popularity with tabloids and gossip columnists, Smith was given her own reality show on the E! The Anna Nicole Show premiered on August 4, , achieving the highest cable rating ever issued for a reality show. Coincidentally, the day the series premiered was the seventh anniversary of the death of J. Despite the popularity of the show amongst college students and pop culture fans, the show declined considerably in viewership at the end of its first season.
It was, however, renewed for a second season, before being cancelled on June 1, , after two seasons and twenty-seven episodes. Smith returned to film acting in with the comedy film Wasabi Tuna. In the film she played an over-the-top version of herself, whose miniature poodle Sugar Pie is stolen from her on Halloween by a team of drag queens dressed like her. Neither the film nor her performance drew positive reviews. In , she briefly appeared as a spectator at a basketball game in Be Cool , starring John Travolta.
In late she agreed to play Lucy in the self-produced independent parody film Illegal Aliens , alongside wrestler Joani " Chyna " Laurer. It attempted to parody several popular television shows from the s and s as well as several film franchises. It would be released direct-to-video on May 1, , three months after her death. She instantly replied, "fried chicken". TrimSpa diet product company and Smith were sued in a class action lawsuit alleging their marketing of a weight loss pill was false or misleading.
During her live appearance, she threw her arms up and exclaimed, "Like my body? The incident became comic material for presenters throughout the rest of the program. Tabloids speculated that Smith was under the influence of pills or a controlled substance. Her representatives explained that she was in pain due to a series of grueling workouts.
Howard Marshall[ edit ] While performing in October at Gigi's a Houston strip club later renamed as "Pleasures" , Smith met year old petroleum tycoon J. During their two-year affair that followed, he reportedly lavished expensive gifts on her and asked her to marry him several times.
Thirteen months after his marriage to Smith, on August 4, , Marshall died in Houston at age Inheritance court cases[ edit ] See also: Marshall and Stern v.
Marshall Even though Smith was not in the will of J. Howard Marshall, Smith claimed that, in return for marriage, J. Pierce Marshall , a son of J.
Howard Marshall, disputed the claim. Smith temporarily joined forces with J. Howard's other son, J. Howard III also claimed that J. The conflict between the Texas probate court and California bankruptcy court judgments forced the matter into the Federal judiciary of the United States. However, on December 30, , a three-judge panel of the U. Bush administration subsequently directed Paul Clement , the United States Solicitor General , to intercede on Smith's behalf out of an interest to expand federal court jurisdiction over state probate disputes.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the opinion. The decision did not give Smith a portion of her husband's estate, but affirmed her right to pursue a share of it in federal court. Pierce Marshall died at age 67 from an infection. After Smith's death in , the case continued on behalf of Smith's infant daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead.
However, on May 6, , the appeal was denied. Supreme Court agreed with the ruling of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that a bankruptcy court could not make a decision on an issue outside bankruptcy law.
Maullin said Smith had borderline personality disorder. Dannielynn Birkhead paternity case Smith in May On June 1, , Smith announced her pregnancy in a video clip that was posted on her official website. I'm happy, I'm very, very happy about it.
Everything's goin' really, really good and I'll be checking in and out periodically on the web, and I'll let you see me as I'm growing. Stern said that he and Smith had been in a secret relationship for "a very long time" and that, due to the timing of the pregnancy, he was confident that he was the father of the baby.
Smith's lawyer, Ron Rale objected strongly to this request. The newspaper said that Hogan wrote in her unpublished manuscript about her sister, entitled Train Wreck, that "To her family, she hinted that she had used the old man's frozen sperm, and would be giving birth to Howard Marshall's child". Commenting on the revelation, Birkhead stated, "I hate to be the one to tell you this but, I told you so.
My baby's going to be coming home pretty soon. Stern did not contest the DNA results or the ruling. Stern, Smith's longtime boyfriend, she was devastated over her son's death.
Daniel was without question the most important person in Anna's life," Stern told Florida Circuit Judge Larry Seidlin during his testimony in Smith's body custody trial: She said that 'if Daniel has to be buried, I want to be buried with him,'" Stern testified. Stern revealed that "Anna saw herself as both mother and father to Daniel.
From the time I met her, everything was for Daniel. I would say that physically, she died last week, but in a lot of ways, emotionally she died when Daniel died," he added. Wecht explained that methadone is used in the treatment of heroin addiction and chronic pain. She wore a white dress and carried a bouquet of red roses, while he wore a black suit with white shirt.
Although they pledged their love and made a commitment to be there for each other before a Baptist minister , no marriage certificate was issued and the ceremony was not legally binding. On February 11, , newspaper photographs were published showing Smith lying clothed in bed in an embrace with Gibson.
Thompson asserted that he loaned Smith the finances to purchase the property, but that she failed to repay the loan, and was attempting to regain control of the property. Ben Thompson, claimed that methadone was found in Anna's bedroom refrigerator while the mansion was being reclaimed. He had driven back to the hotel after being notified by his wife of Smith's condition. EST Maurice Brighthaupt, who was also a trained paramedic, called the hotel front desk from Smith's sixth-floor room.
The front desk in turn called security, who then called EST A phone call involving Seminole police and the local operators was released to the public on February 13, The call said, "We need assistance to Room at the Hard Rock. It's in reference to a white female.