By Bernie on 09 Feb 2007
As you know, as everyone knows, Anna Nicole Smith is Dead.
I tried to watch some world news tonight but unfortunately it seems the world's most loved, worshipped and important person died today. How, why, when, with whom, was she on drugs, was it the weight loss, who will get her her baby? Who is the father anyway? Seems poor Anna is getting better press in her death than she got from her failed reality tv show.
I didn't know Anna intimately, closely, or in any way, actually, and since I have nothing of interest to add about her, I'd like to remember her with images.
Click here to scan through the gallery of Anna Nicole Smith photos. I should warn you that many are NSFW. My visual tribute to her is as most men probably remember her when she could make you whack 6 inch nails into a two-by-four without the need for a hammer.
Anna Nicole Smith (born November 28, 1967) an American actress and model first gained popularity as Playboy magazine's 1993 Playmate of the Year. Anna Nicole Smith's career suffered as her weight gain and bizarre antics became fodder for the tabloids. It didn't help when her reality TV show tanked. Smith's weight has see-sawed tremendously in the past few years and may have been a contributing factor in her death. Obviously there is a news frenzy over the cause of her death. I will happily not be watching the minute by minute dissection of her last days by broadcast TV. Eventually I'll overhear how she died in my office and I will not have wasted precious days of my life stuck to the tube.
Her highly publicized marriage to entrepreneur J. Howard Marshall, 63 years her senior, resulted in a lengthy legal battle over his estate. Anna's case, Marshall v. Marshall, reached the U.S. Supreme Court in February, 2006, on a narrow constitutional issue over the right of a federal judge to intervene in a state probate case. On May 1, 2006, Smith won the Supreme Court case 9-0, or as the law clerks listed it: 40-24-36.
Without the stress of the case she might have lived longer, though poorer. Doesn't seem like it was worth it for her, now.
Rest in Peace you poor child.
I'd like to make an observation: with all the news shows, the biography channel, E!, 20/20 devoting time to her life and death, the blogosphere weighing in on this story, this would be a good time for Iran to buy nuclear devices from North Korea. The whole world will be watching, reading and writing about the sad but true hollywood story of Anna Nicole Smith.
Here are other bloggers:
The Hill Chronicles (Now Defunct) - Breaking News: Anna Nicole Smith 1967-2007 DEAD, Excerpt: Sadly from the reports I hear no one really has anything nice to say about her. What a sad legacy to leave behind. Her death is being compared to the death of Marilyn Monroe, but added that she did not have Monroe’s talent. She was a manufactured celebrity. She only existed on camera. She was only an icon when "enough" people came to see her.
WCBS-TV in New York reports that while searching Anna Nicole Smith's hotel room late Thursday afternoon, investigators found two key pieces of evidence: illegal narcotics and prescription medications.
A toxicology report will determine whether one of these drugs or a combination of both substances contributed to her death.
An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The Feldman Blog - Anna Nicole Smith Discovers New "Sure Thing” Diet, Excerpt: Just as a generation long ago always remembered where they were when word of JFK’s assassination first reached their ears, Generation Z (we are up to Z, aren’t we?”) will now have eternally emblazoned in their brains where they were and what they were doing when first they learned that Anna Nicole Smith had simply slumped over at age 39 and ceased to exist–at least in any meaningful form.
TMZ - Playboy Eds. Meet with Hef, Consider Memorial, Excerpt: TMZ has learned that Playboy magazine's top editors are currently in conference with founder Hugh Hefner to determine the best way to commemorate deceased 1993 Playmate of the Year Anna Nicole Smith in the magazine's pages. Smith had been on the cover of Playboy four times between 1992 and 2001.
the wtf blog - Excerpt: The curvaceous Texas-born Smith was a topless dancer at strip club before she entered her photos in a search contest and made the cover of Playboy magazine in 1992, captivating readers with her Marilyn Monroe looks. She became Playboy's playmate of the year in 1993.
More biography and background at Oz- the other side of the rainbow.
Tabloid Whore - ILLEGAL DRUGS REPORTEDLY FOUND IN ANNA NICOLE SMITH'S HOTEL ROOM., Excerpt: More news is coming in on the death of Anna Nicole Smith. CBS is reporting that a source has claimed investigators found "illegal narcotics and prescription medications" while searching Anna Nicole's hotel room following her death. The exact drugs that were allegedly found have yet to be reported. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow on Anna Nicole's body and a toxicology report will determine if drugs contributed to her death.
Access Hollywood (also has video) - EXPLOSIVE NEW CLAIM: SMITH CHOKED ON HER OWN VOMIT, Excerpt: According to a credible source, an employee of Anna Nicole Smith found her in her room in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The employee pulled back a sheet and discovered that she appeared to have choked on her own vomit.
malibu.in - TrimSpa Hit Hard By $25 Million Fine And Loss Of Spokeswoman: Anna Nicole Smith, Excerpt:
The passing of former Playboy model and reality TV star Anna Nicole Smith has put the diet pill maker, TrimSpa, in a tough position.
The company which was fined $25 million in January by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for false advertising, has used the star as a company spokeswoman since 2003, as well as developing their advertising campaigns around her image.
As news of her death hit the Internet, TrimSpa’s website was quickly overwhelmed with traffic and shut down. Within hours, a brief message by founder Alex Goen was posted which read, "Today, Anna Nicole Smith’s grief stricken and tumultuous personal life came to an end. Anna came to our company as a customer, but she departs it as a friend.”
Popped Culture - Live Fast, Die Youngish, Excerpt: Anna Nicole Smith has completed her transition into a 21st century Marilyn Monroe by following the blonde icon to an early death. The former reality star, Playboy playmate, ex-wife of a billionaire, diet pill spokeswoman and all-around public train wreck died today after collapsing in her suite at the Seminole Hard Rock Cafe Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, as apt a place for her death as any...
Hot Air - The obligatory "Anna Nicole Smith dies” post, Excerpt: This was a human being who probably died with no hope and believing that no one left alive really loved her (the baby notwithstanding).
Alabama Improper - Anna Nicole Smith, Excerpt: Every single news agency who has ever bad-mouthed this eccentric, sad celebrity - especially when her son died - should be ashamed of themselves. I’m not saying it’s the MSMs fault that she is dead now, no, but still….
Outside the Beltway has the Last Picture of Anna Nicole Smith - Taken at the Hard Rock Hotel
And Lastly check out Beth's poignant and insightful commentary of this tragedy:
Blue Star Chronicles - Anna Nicole Smith, Excerpt:
When asked about how she dealt with the constant ridicule she replied that she didn’t care that people laughed at her. They could laugh all they want because she was the one who was getting the last laugh. Her face belied her assertions of confidence.
At one point in that interview she talked about her loneliness. She talked about being surrounded by people, but no one that truly cared about her, they only cared about what she could do for them. Greta asked her who her best friend was and she responded that it was her lawyer. Greta commented that seemed odd, to call her lawyer her best friend. With a strained smile on her face, Anna Nicole replied that they had known each other for many years and ‘you see, that goes back to the lonely part’.
A socialite's life - Anna Nicole's Death Brings All The Freaks to The Party, Excerpt: Larry King obviously couldn't find anyone that important connected to Anna Nicole's death last night so he had former professional wrestler/reality tv chick/all-around messcake Joanie Lauer (aka "Chyna Doll") on to argue incoherently with the wife of TrimSpa's CEO. Chyna was on as a "friend" of Anna's, which the TrimSpa princess said was a misnomer. Good lord.
BookRags - Smith's film finale debuts in April, Excerpt: Anna Nicole Smith's film finale — a campy B-grade movie called "Illegal Aliens" she helped bankroll — was supposed to be a comedy. Whether it will be received that way now is unclear, though, says director David Giancola, who canceled three screenings in the wake of her death.
This blog post from last October has an interesting question:
123Beta - Who's The Father?, Excerpt: A new Game Show? Naw...thankfully. Two men are now claiming to be the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby. I could really care less but who in their right mind would be proud of this?
Well, at last count there were three vying for this honor.
And if you think it can't get any worse:
"Anna Nicole Smith’s death became even more bizarre than her life yesterday as a series of bombshell revelations uncovered an ever-growing web of sexual intrigue - including the startling claim that her late billionaire husband may be the father of her infant daughter.
The stunning disclosure comes in a no-holds-barred manuscript written by her half-sister Donna Hogan obtained exclusively by the Daily News.
Hogan alleges that her sister froze the sperm of 90-year-old J. Howard Marshall years ago, and believes she may have used it to become pregnant. ……..[snip]
Depicting her half-sister as ever calculating, Hogan wrote that Smith was "seeing into the future. … She takes Howard in to have his sperm tested. When the results show that he is still fertile, she has a quantity of his sperm frozen.”