Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith was born Vickie Lynn Hogan on November 28, 1967 in Houston, Texas. Anna Nicole Smith's real name was Vickie Lynn Marshall.Anna Nicole Smith was an American model, actress and celebrity who first gained popularity as Playboy's 1993 Playmate of the Year. Anna Nicole was the daughter of Donald Eugene Hogan (born July 12, 1947) and Virgie Mae Tabers (born July 12, 1951), who were married on February 22, 1967. Her father then left the family; he and Virgie were divorced November 4, 1969. Smith was raised by her mother and maternal aunt, Elaine. Virgie was subsequently married to Donald R. Hart (1971), to Joe D. Thompson (1987), to James T. Sanders (1996), and to James H. Arthur (2000). After Virgie married Donald R. Hart, Vickie changed her name to Nikki Hart. Vickie's younger half-sisters are Donna Hogan and Amy Hogan. Her older half-brother is David L. Tacker, Jr., and her younger half-brothers are Donald R. Hart, Jr., and Donald R. Hogan.

While growing up, Vickie told others she wanted to be the next Marilyn Monroe. Anna Nicole Smith failed her freshman year at Mexia High School in Mexia, Texas, dropped out of her sophomore year, and never progressed past an eighth grade education. While working as a waitress at Jim's Krispy Fried Chicken in Mexia, Anna Nicole Smith met Billy Wayne Smith, who was the cook at the restaurant. The couple married April 4, 1985. Anna Nicole Smith was then age 17 and Billy Wayne Smith was 16. The next year, Anna Nicole Smith gave birth to their son, Daniel Wayne Smith. Anna Nicole and Billy separated in 1987 and she moved to Houston with one-year-old Daniel. Initially, she found employment at Wal-Mart and later as a waitress at Red Lobster. Anna Nicole Smith then became a stripper at a nightclub in Houston. Anna Nicole Smith divorced her husband Billy on February 3, 1993, in Houston.

While performing at Gigi's, a Houston strip club, in October 1991, Anna Nicole Smith met elderly oil billionaire J. Howard Marshall and they began a relationship. During their two-year relationship, he reportedly lavished gifts on her and asked her to marry him several times. Anna Nicole Smith highly publicized marriage to oil billionaire J. Howard Marshall, 63 years her senior, resulted in considerable speculation that she married the octogenarian merely for his money, which she denied. On June 27, 1994, Smith, age 26, and Marshall, age 89, were married in Houston. This resulted in a great deal of gossip about her marrying him for his money. Though she reportedly never lived with him, Smith maintained she loved her husband and that age did not matter to her. Following his death, Anna Nicole Smith began a lengthy and ongoing legal battle over a share of his estate. Anna Nicole Smith case, Marshall v. Marshall reached the U.S. Supreme Court on a question of federal jurisdiction. Thirteen months after his marriage to Smith, Marshall died on August 4, 1995, in Houston.

In the months before Anna Nicole Smith's death, Anna had been the focus of renewed press coverage surrounding the death of her son, Daniel. Smith's 20-year-old son, Daniel Smith, died on September 10, 2006 in his mother's hospital room while visiting her and his newborn sister. After the coroner labeled the death "reserved," Smith hired forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht to perform a second autopsy.

Dr. Wecht announced on Larry King Live that the procedure he performed on September 17, 2006, showed that Daniel died from a lethal combination of Zoloft, Lexapro and methadone. Although he explained that methadone is used in the treatment of heroin and morphine addiction, he said he has no information to make any conclusion about the reason he was using the drug.

His death certificate was issued on September 21, 2006, so that he could be buried. While Smith remained in the Bahamas with Dannielynn and Stern, Daniel's family in the United States, including his father, Billy Smith, gathered with friends on October 7, 2006, in Mexia, Texas, for a memorial service.

Daniel was buried at Lake View Cemetery on Nassau Island, Bahamas, on October 19, 2006, almost six weeks after his death. It was reported that Smith intended to live on the island, with no plans to return to the U.S.

On February 8, 2007, Anna Nicole Smith was found unresponsive in a room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

That was the last day for Anna Nicole Smith in this world.

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