anna nicole smith
Anna Nicole Smith was born Vicki Lynn
Hogan on November 28th, 1967, in Houston, Texas. After her
father abandoned her and her mother when she was a child,
she was raised by her mother and aunt, commuting back and
forth to each caretaker.
At the age of 17, Anna (then Vicki) married
Billy Smith, and that same year, they welcomed their son Daniel
into the world. Time with Billy was short-lived and young
Anna was left to care for her son alone.
In order to pay the bills, she began working
at topless bars in Houston, where she was actually more noticed
for her rear than for her breasts (she did not yet have the
breasts that she's famous for today). But since she was not
as rail-thin as the rest of the dancers, Anna didn't work
the coveted hours of topless clubs and was instead scheduled
during the afternoon shift.
Regardless, Anna (who then used several
pseudonyms such as Nikki and Robin, before finally sticking
to Anna Nicole) was discovered by a photographer, and quickly
realized that she could use her body as a career tool. Since
her childhood dream was to become the next Marilyn Monroe
(her idol), Anna was inspired to make a name for herself.
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After a breast enlargement (Anna insisted
on having two implants inserted into each breast) and some
cosmetic surgery, Anna was ready for the big time, and ironically,
headed in the same direction as Marilyn Monroe. She entered
the Play..boy Cover Contest, and appeared on the cover of
the magazine at the age of 24. Two years later, Anna was crowned
1993's Play..mate of the Year, which, although is an honor
in itself, led Anna to bigger and better things.
Thanks to her Play..boy appearance, Guess?
president Paul Marciano, also responsible for the modeling
careers of Eva Herzigova, Josie Maran and Shana Zadrick, saw
Anna's potential and cast her as a Guess? model.
She made her big screen debut in the 1994
slapstick comedy, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, followed
by an appearance in The Hudsucker Proxy, starring Tim Robbins.
anna nicole marries j. howard marshall
If audiences didn't catch Anna in these
films, they surely heard of her questionable marriage to oil
tycoon J. Howard Marshall II -- 60 years her senior -- on
the 27th of June 1994. Anna remained low-profile with her
wheelchair-bound husband, until Marshall's death in 1995.
In 1996, the former Play..mate filed for
bankruptcy, after a former female assistant sued her for sexual
harassment (she would have had to pay $850,000 US).
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Although Marshall had left Anna with an
inheritance, his heirs claimed that she could not receive
what he left her, accusing her of mistreating him in his last
few days and not marrying him for the right reasons. She was
not mentioned in any of his wills, but claimed that he offered
her half of his money, to speed up her decision to marry him.
After a bitter court battle between Anna and Marshall's son,
E. Pierce Marshall, Anna was rewarded $450 million in 2000.
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On August 4th, 2002, the E! channel began
airing its first season of The Anna Nicole Show. Although
Anna had gained a considerable amount of weight, viewers tuned
in to watch Anna make a fool of herself week after week.
Before the second season started, producers
of the show demanded that Anna drop some weight before shooting
began, and with the help of TrimSpa, a supplement that claims
to block fat from entering the body, Anna has trimmed down
significantly and reportedly lost 80 pounds.
Although Anna Nicole now looks great,
she no longer has a TV audience: The Anna Nicole Show was
canceled in 2004, but we're confident that she'll have other
projects on her plate soon enough.