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a white female. she's not breathing and she's not responsive. she's actually anna nicole smith. >> this morning, tragic beauty. >> anna nicole smith died. >> anna nicole smith has died. >> she might have been one of the most famous faces in the world. >> it makes anna nicole smith a star. >> va-va-va-voom. wow. >> she was ridiculed, but there's a whole story the public doesn't know. >> people have a perception that she was this dumb blond. she wasn't. >> i'm fine, i'm well, i'm here. >> every single thing i touch t. >> she snagged a very rich man who was near death. >> one of the world's richest
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men. >> anna never gave [ bleep ] abou >> he left her nothing. zero. >> she is one hot mess, except maybe she's not that hot anymore. >> make me beautiful dress. >> anna nicole smith just gave birth to a baby girl only to have her 20-year-old son daniel die at her maternity bedside. >> and then the unimaginable happens -- anna herself dies just five months later. >> the question of why no one called 911 sooner is never fully answered. >> do you know what this even is? >> i thought it would be important to show dannielynn a little bit about where her mom came from. >> there you are with your mommy.
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>> she wanted a little girl to treat like a little princess, to dress up. >> i think she wanted somebody that she could raise as her own and -- and maybe get back what she didn't have. >> she had this trunk at the edge of her bed, and she would pull it out, and everything was for a baby girl. she wanted a baby girl. it's something she longed for, something she wanted. >> and dannielynn came and that was her dream. >> i was so happy for her. i was just so happy for her. >> but only five months later, anna nicole was dead. >> she left behind a man who loved her and a daughter she never got to see grow up. >> i have a daughter who doesn't have a mom. and i have to paint a picture for dannielynn of who her mom was. i do it for dannielynn. >> we are headed to a little town called mexia, texas.
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dannielynn's a teenager now. and she doesn't really know a ton of things about her mom. i thought, why not go back to anna's beginnings and kind of see where anna got her start? it's keeping her memory alive for my daughter. population 7,459 people. anna told me that she always wanted to get out of there. but i am excited to meet anna's friend jo. i've never met her before. she kind of held the key to a lot of stories that i thought was important for our journey. >> my name is jo mclemore. anna nicole and i were best friends, and i'm really looking forward to meeting dannielynn for the first time. >> oh, my goodness. can i hug y'all? >> yes. >> so good to meet you. >> nice to meet you.
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oh, my goodness. you are your mommy. you look just like her. when i first met her, that is exactly what i remember, just like that. you're so beautiful. >> thanks. >> anna nicole smith's birth name was vickie lynn hogan. she lived in houston with her family. but she did have problems in houston. >> her mom, virgie, is 16 when she gets married and gives birth to vickie. the father, donald hogan, is soon out of the picture. >> vickie lynn's mother, virgie, was a deputy sheriff in houston. >> she carried herself like a deputy sheriff. she was very stern and forthright and very strict. vickie's childhood life was tough. >> she was in an abusive situation. she was sexually abused and physically abused. that's what she told me. and that's what she would cry about. i wasn't there, but i believe her.
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>> she is sent to mexia, this tiny, dusty town, to live with her aunt kaye and her cousins. mexia had nothing. mexia was like being sent to the end of the world. >> we had nothing in mexia. we didn't have a bowling alley. we didn't have anything. what we did is, it was called the drag, and you'd go up and down the street and you drink beer and you talk to people and hang out the window. hello! things like that, and that was it. >> this is the house where anna nicole lived with her aunt and her cousins. as you can tell now, it's vacant. >> two bedroom, but we made the porch into a three bedroom, a three little bedroom. she moved in hoping for a better environment for herself, and at that point we invited her to come live with us.
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>> so this is the high school where your mommy went. mexia high school. >> this would be her tenth grade year. >> yes. >> that was her lastier in school, too, i think. >> it was. >> when she went to school here in mexia, she was miserable. she was having a hard time with being bullied. at that point, i think, after all she'd been through, all the struggles in her life, she was finally fed up and she just said, "you know what? i'm done.” and she said, "i'm quitting. i don't want to be here anymore.” and we actually went and picked her up the day she walked out of the school, and she never went back. so this is where your mama and i used to hang out. we'd come over here after work or between, you know, the shifts and just cruise through here. >> was there anything else to do? >> yeah, there was nothing else to do here, dannielynn.
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there's no movie theaters. there wasn't starbucks or anything. basically the main place to eat was krispy's. >> give me directions to jim's krispy fried chicken. >> getting directions to jim's krispy fried chicken. >> this is krispy's. you can already smell the chicken. >> you can smell it. they're not even open and you can smell it. >> it's great. >> so i was working here, and she would come in every day and she would order a large drink, but she always looked really sad to me. >> sad? >> yeah, she always looked very, very sad. but when she started working here we immediately hit it off. one of the memories i have of her is, we'd sit here together, and stare out the window, and just watch traffic go by. she was so perfect to me, perfect face and i would tell her, you are so, so pretty. >> she gets pretty sweet on the guy who runs the fryolater, whose name is billy smith.
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and so before you know it, she and billy smith are an item. and not much longer, billy smith marries vickie and makes her vickie smith. >> billy was also a high school dropout, and they were so young. he was 16. she was 17. and then she had her son when she was 18. >> i thought to myself, i'm so lonely. and i thought, well, if i have a baby, i'll never be lonely again. and i had my son, and i'm not lonely and i love him, and he's great and wonderful. >> her and billy started having problems. they couldn't make things work out. so she decided, i'm leaving, and she left billy. >> vickie leaves her husband and decides to move back to houston with her mom virgie. she has barely a tenth grade education, she has work experience at a fried chicken restaurant, and she's now a single mom with no other apparent skills. >> she works a little at walmart and she works a little at red
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lobster, but they don't earn a ton of money. so what she does is, walk into a gentlemen's club and ask if she can get a job. >> there were a number of strip clubs near the walmart where she worked, and one of them had a big blue and white sign that had a woman in a bikini. >> i would drive by the work every day, and there was this big neon sign. it was blue and white, and it had this lady in high heel shoes. she had the bikini on and it would flash, tip toe, then back, tip toe, then back, like that. and i was like, oh, how neat. i didn't know it was topless, though. i didn't know anything about that. >> you must have been pretty naive. >> i was, trust me. >> vickie may have been naive, but she was about to learn a lot very quickly. pool floaties are like whooping cough.
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everything in texas is bigger and bolder. and there was no place that was wilder, and maybe more fun, than houston back in the '80s. >> it's a port city, and i think port cities are more kind of fluid. people are passing through, and maybe they think they won't be remembered, so they can act out a little more.
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it was a tawdry place in a lot of ways. the huge, sprawling gentlemen's clubs were founded here. breast enhancements were developed here. people were always making themselves up here. >> in 1986, anna nicole's name was vickie lynn smith. she had just moved back to houston with her son, whose father was out of the picture. >> she needed a way to support herself. she's very uneducated. and she had to get a quick job or a quick fix in order to take care of her son. so she did start dancing initially because that's the only way she had a way to make income. ♪ >> my former wife melissa used to work at the executive suite in north houston.
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it was a higher class gentlemen's entertainment club, and she was there the day that vickie smith walked in the door to apply for a job as a waitress and later become a dancer. the first thing melissa, my wife, noticed was that anna was just terrified, literally terrified. i mean, she was definitely green to that kind of lifestyle. she was always tall, a large girl, and she was very self-conscious about that and very, very shy, introverted. >> it was tough taking my clothes off, and it was tough doing the table dances. the day i went on to dance the first time, i -- i ran out because i was so horrified and so ashamed of myself. but when i was driving to work i looked down and saw all this money, and i was like, wow. and it was like $50. i'm like, whoa. $50. back then, that was a lot of money for me. >> she was living with her
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friend melissa and her son daniel was living with her mother, virgie. >> anna wanted him to move in with her. her biggest fear was that daniel would forget about her and not ever want to be with her again. daniel was her life. she said, i'm going to be the sexiest [ bleep ] in here because need money and i need to take care of my son. and she pulled that off very quickly. >> i've represented some strippers as a criminal defense attorney. they're assessing the room. they're looking for the guy who has an ability to spend. then they have to figure out, well, which role does he want me to play? >> anna developed a baby's voice. when she talked to guys she would get in that mode and they would just break down. they would eat that up. >> the irony is that when she started out anna nicole was, in her own words, flat-chested.
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>> she didn't have "b," "c," "d," she didn't have that. she had little tiny breasts. >> and so she begins saving money and begins to engage in a series of breast augmentation procedures. >> that's when she really started making the big bucks. men loved the fact that here was this big old texas girl with that big old blond texas hair. >> believe it or not, as good as she was at dancing, it was still in her mind that this was just not who i am. she never felt comfortable with it. she would just continuously say, you know, i -- i don't know if i'm doing the right thing. i'm -- i'm disrespecting myself, my mother, my child. >> so it's 1991 and vickie's been dancing for four years when an unlikely figure is wheeled in the front door. he is j. howard marshall ii. >> j. howard marshall is about to change vickie's life, because he is not your average 87-year-old billionaire. j. howard marshall comes from a prominent east coast family.
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he's yale educated, works in the roosevelt administration on oil projects, and eventually becomes associated with the famous koch brothers, which turns him into a billionaire. so marshall's second wife is stricken with alzheimer's and he's a very lonely man. so he then begins a ten-year relationship with a very exotic, flamboyant stripper named lady walker. >> he lavished her with flowers, love notes, diamonds. he was still married. and both he and lady walker agreed that it would be very wrong for them to have sex. >> he spent millions and millions of dollars on her over the years. but whatever their relationship was about, it didn't seem to be about sex. >> he felt like he was her protector. he would write her these florid, romantic notes, which she would respond to in kind. and along with giving her these florid, romantic notes, he'd give her checks, lots of them. >> so the relationship is very
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devoted, but lady walker suddenly dies. >> and here was marshall, he'd lost his wife, who he really did love, to alzheimer's. he lost his paramour, who i think he really did love, who died on the operating table getting a facelift. >> so it's october 1991, and marshall is despondent. so when he wheels into gigi's one lunchtime and sees this 24-year-old blond dancer in front of him, his heart is taken. >> he had no will to live, and i went over to see him. and he got a little twinkle in his eyes, and he asked me to dance for him. and i did. he was very funny, really funny. very brilliant, very smart, gosh, he had so many stories. i mean, just -- amazing man.
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he was just really amazing. >> from the very first time she met howard, she thought of him as a grandfather figure. and once we met howard, i mean, you thought the same way. very likable man, very knowledgeable, very smart. >> they would phone call every day and talk to each other. and they were so cute on the phone. she would call him sugar booger and sweetheart and all that. they needed each other in more of a sense than people understood. and so they just took care of each other. >> marshall had two sons, and the son he was closest to was pierce marshall, who was this very upright, waspy, proper person. i think anna nicole would have just sent him screaming from the room. >> pierce wants to put an end to it right away. but j. howard marshall ii tells his son pierce, she makes me enjoy life again. butt out.
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but that pretty quickly evolved into the real thing with anna. >> so around the same time she meets j. howard marshall, she meets somebody else. one day she walks into a gay club, and all eyes are on anna. but her eyes are on this woman named sandi who works in a store that sells garden supplies. anna shows up at her house in a big white limousine with flowers and gifts. >> and their relationship got very, very serious. anna said she loved sandi. they had wedding rings. you know, they were going to carry on a continual relationship. she even mentioned that, you know, that would -- that was going to be her life.p>> they l while. and it seemed like they had a very loving relationship. >> and she had a boyfriend, a girlfriend. it was not abnormal for anna to have several boyfriends or girlfriends at the same time. she didn't hide it. and it didn't bother her. >> she seems to be a woman of considerable appetites.
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she likes a lot of input. she eats and drinks freely. she seems to take on a fair amount of lovers. thanks to her time with j. howard marshall ii, she develops a new appetite for extremely expensive jewelry. >> he gives vickie jewelry, a house, a red mercedes convertible, and breast augmentation surgery. >> and he buys her a ranch. and arabian horses to go with the ranch. vickie loves animals, and she especially loves her horses. >> this is rose. this is my horse. >> so he takes vickie to his favorite restaurant, red lobster, and there he proposes again. >> i mean, he's a billionaire, and his favorite restaurant is red lobster. >> and he actually asked her to marry him at the table. and anna said, no, i'm not gonna get married until i'm able to support myself and make it on m own.
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i'm going to make it on my own. >> so at the time, even while she's engaged in this kind of elaborate courtship with j. howard marshall ii, she has a boyfriend. and he takes a few pictures of photographer/manager/scout for . i was quite taken. she looked like an amazon woman to me. very, very tall. 5'11". wore five-inch heels. spandex dress, this godawful blue eye shadow. but underneath all of that, you saw the pretty face. she walked a little clumsy. she walked like a duck. but anna nicole smith was the sweetest girl you would ever want to meet. i mean, you would want her as a sister. sent the film off. the very next day, "playboy" called and they said, this girl's going to be a playmate. >> around 1992, my uncle called me, who lived here, and said, vickie made "playboy.” and i was like, what?
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he said, she made "playboy." and i said, she did not. and i was kind of weirded out. i was proud of her, but i was like, she's up here now and i'm down here. and she's never going to -- i'm a little person now, i think, is what i was feeling. >> she appears on the cover of "playboy" in march of 1992. it is a life-changing event because paul marciano, who runs guess jeans, sees her photos. >> marciano calls "playboy," and a meeting is set up. >> he came to see me, and i didn't think he liked me at first. so they made up my hair, and they put a dress on me and stuff. and i remember him walking in the trailer, and i'll never forget, he walked up in the trailer and his mouth just dropped. he was like -- i was like, i think he likes me now. >> but marciano thinks vickie
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needs a new name. so together they come up with anna nicole smith. >> when anna nicole smith first sort of burst on the scene, she didn't look like any model anyone had seen for a long time. she was curvy. she was voluptuous at a time when models were very, very thin. >> so much of the beauty that came before that was -- was really about this emphasis on the narrowness of the body that you just couldn't even achieve. like, i'm like, am i even a person? and so when you saw her, it was like, we are really doing something different. you sort of, like, think about blondes as being this kind of metaphor for female power and female empowerment and the control that we actually have over men. it seemed so exciting. >> those pictures alone i think mesmerize the world. >> that first day shooting for guess makes anna nicole smith a
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the guess campaign is major. it shows up everywhere. it plays up anna's glamor and makes her hugely famous. >> meanwhile "playboy" continued to put her in the magazine, eventually naming her playmate of the year. >> right here. anna, right here, please. >> i worked with her over a year's period of time, and you could see the difference. because when she came in, she was just a girl from a fried chicken place. and now she was a big star. she wasn't going to trust anybody. she was just going to perform for you. it was like she was back in the strip club. she really had the ability to make you believe that you were very special.
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>> she starts modeling overseas. her billboard ads turn up on norwegian and swedish highways. they are so sexy that there are traffic accidents. >> it got to the point where the parliament in norway actually had a debate as to whether the billboards featuring anna nicole smith should be taken down, because they represented a threat to public safety. anna nicole smith -- that name, that face, that figure became a topic of international fascination. and where does someone like anna nicole smith belong? hollywood. ♪ >> anna! >> anna! >> anna, straight ahead, please, right here. >> here she is, anna nicole smith! anna, how are you? i'm regis.
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>> she's signed by william morris, one of the town's biggest talent agencies. there's a film being made called "the hudsucker proxy.” anna nicole smith winds up in "the hudsucker proxy" as a fashion model named za-za. >> did you have any lines? >> well, just one. >> one line. >> yeah, but i got to growl like a cat in heat. >> what does that sound like? >> i'm embarrassed. >> just give us a little preview of the movie. what does the cat sound like? >> something likek, rawr. >> whoa! >> she has her first line on the screen in which she employs her boyfriend to punch tim robbins. >> and sid says you stoled it! >> what are you waiting on, clarence? pop him one. >> but buzz -- >> she makes the rounds on talk shows like "the arsenio hall show.” >> you're making the acting transition now. didn't you just finish a project? >> i just finished "the
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hudsucker proxy" and -- >> i'm sorry. say that again? >> "the hudsucker" -- >> i just like to see you say hudsucker. >> the first time i met anna nicole, there was a sparkle about her. as a journalist, you're trying to stay objective and all those kinds of things, and i have to admit, i just kind of fell in love with her. >> and she is so over the top in her siren-hood that she doesn't just play the girlfriend, she plays, like, the apotheosis of the va-va-voom girlfriend. and that's what she plays in "naked gun 33 1/3.” >> what are you doing? >> i'm just contemplating my next move. >> your bishop is exposed. >> so anna nicole smith appears in these two movies and she acquits herself fairly well. and it looks as if she might end up being something of a 1990s version of jane mansfield, who was a famous sexpot from the 1950s. >> her figure is kind of her
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calling card, but it also leads to medical problems. >> she was in constant pain with her back from her implants. her back wasn't strong enough to carry them. and so the doctors started to give her pain medication. >> she also suffers from migraines.kinds of pain medication. she winds up in the hospital accidentally overdosing. >> have you used drugs at all? >> i've never used drugs. i don't use drugs. now, i had vicodin and xanax as prescription drugs that i have to take for my migraines and for insomnia. i mean, i don't consider that hard drugs. it doesn't make me high. it's just -- you know, i've been taking it for years. it just helps my headaches. >> you were very, very pale and very sick, and you had things in your arm, needles in your arms and things. what had happened? >> i'm fine, i'm well, i'm here. i'm not overdosed, i'm not dead. i think they're trying to make it look like a marilyn monroe remake.
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>> one of the most famous stars in hollywood history is dead at 36. >> anna nicole is a huge marilyn monroe fan. >> i hated careless men. >> j. howard marshall even rents her.lyn monroe's old house for - >> marilyn's window. >> when did you start loving marilyn monroe? >> i don't know. we just connect somehow. it's a special bond. i used to wish she was my mom. >> yeah? >> i want to be the sex symbol. i want to be what she was. i want to do the movies she did. i want to sing. i want to dance. i want to do all that. >> beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. >> people have a perception that she was this dumb blonde. she wasn't, not at all. she could do anything that she wanted to do. >> what she decides to do, after four years of turning down his proposals, is to marry j. howard
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marshall. >> and they have a wedding ceremony for the ages. her son is one of the ring cousins. along with one of his - the ring is attached to a beautiful fluffy pillow. the groom is all dressed in white as he's wheeled up to the altar. two doves are released to symbolize the beauty of their relationship. you may now kiss the bride. >> she even tries to get him to stand next to her at the altar, but he's an old man. he's too frail to get out of his wheelchair. >> anna nicole smith is 26. j. howard marshall is 89. and $400 million. >> $400 million? i'd marry him. >> so after they marry, they
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start to think about things that lots of new couples think about, which is having children. >> she and j. howard marshall consult a fertility expert. but he is 89, so that's not happening. >> by now, sirens are going off in howard marshall's son's head about what's going to happen to the money he expects to inherit when his father dies. >> anna nicole lives in los angeles. and j. howard marshall lives in houston. and when j. howard marshall visits anna in los angeles, pierce hires detectives to watch them to make sure that they don't go and try to change the terms of j. howard marshall's will. >> but it was never about that, and she loved this man. she would sit close to him with her legs on the couch over him. and he would laugh.
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j. howard marshall is in the hospital. and his condition is clearly on the decline. so enter his son pierce, who gets the guardianship of his father. >> the son decided, i'm going to revoke anna's allowance. i am going to stop paying her bills. and at one point she was only
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permitted to see her husband for 30 minutes a day. which she said was heartbreaking to her. >> they had armed security guards standing by the door. and when your husband's got his arms out going like this -- lady love, please don't leave me. and i'm leaving him and he's thinking in his head, "where's my wife going?” >> the old man really had no control because he was essentially dying. >> 14 months after their wedding, j. howard marshall dies. >> 90-year-old oilman j. howard marshall ii has been dead for a week, but his remains have yet to be put to rest because of the legal bickering between his widow and his family. >> when he died, a huge fight ensues over whether we're going to cremate j. howard marshall ii or whether we're going to bury
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j. howard marshall ii. >> they have to go to court to settle this thing, which is pretty bizarre. and obviously the press goes wild. >> anna nicole smith marshall stepped off the elevator on the fifth floor into a hoard of news media who first began to sag io to the races. >> anna nicole smith has conceded to the cremation of her deceased millionaire husband j. howard marshall. she also has agreed to share a portion of the ashes with the oil baron's children. >> so then they have separate funerals. >> so at the funeral of her husband, anna nicole smith is wearing the dress that she married him in. and to commemrate his passing, she sings. she sings, "wind beneath my wings," the bette midler hit. ♪ the wind beneath my wings ♪ >> j. howard marshall, when he dies, leaves a massive fortune. estimates range up to $1.6 billion.
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however, he leaves nothing in his will to his wife anna nicole smith or her son daniel. >> he'd left her nothing. zero. zero.of her. there was a suggestion, a promise. you know, was there a contract? clearly not. she didn't get a contract. >> pierce gets everything. so anna nicole decides to sue pierce in texas for her share of the estate. >> it's going to be a battle royale between the bombshell and the billionaire. >> i have nothing to say. thanks very much. >> but it will take years before the case gets in front of a jury. >> in this journal entry, anna writes, me and daniel have no money to live on because of the press and getting no work. i miss my husband. he would just kill pierce if he knew what was going on. >> y have you ever seen a vcr tape?
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>> yes. >> okay. she'd go up here to this blockbuster and she'd rent movies and just sit in the bed for the whole weekend and order takeout food. she'd stay in and watch scary movies. and then she'd paint. i thought i'd take dannielynn to los angeles because i thought it was important. her mom lived half of her life in l.a. i thought it would be great for her to sit down with ray martino who'd shed some insight on her life prior to my meeting her. >> hey, ray. >> hi, honey. >> ray, what year did you meet anna? >> 1995. we're starting to cast my film, and we got the script to anna. she read it. we got a call the next day, and she says, i want this part. she had a big price tag on her, but we could only afford a certain amount. the agency william morris said, don't do this film.
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and she says, i get a chance to play different characters and i don't want to always play these bimbos. >> in "to the limit," she plays a cia double agent. anna nicole smith shoots a lot of guys. >> "to the limit" went straight to video. >> this is what i look like when i'm sober. >> her dream was to be a serious actor. >> i don't know if i can say the right words, joe. >> she was very, very talented. very deep, tremendously emotional. >> she makes another movie with ray martino. it's called "skyscraper.” but it's only seen overseas. >> william morris and anna parted ways, and, you know, things weren't -- things weren't going well for her. >> what had appeared to be excellent opportunities started
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to dry up.hes th ts entertainment lawyer named howard k. stern. he soon becomes her confidant and adviser. >> on top of her career problems, she's also having problems with her implants. >> i had had an apartment in burbank, and she was in the bedroom, and she started crying. screaming and yelling. and we ran into the bedroom, she had her hand over her breast, and her breast exploded. so i rushed her to the hospital. and she was in terrific pain. >> she's got migraines, stomach problems, breast implants causing back pain. she's got seizures. she's taking methadone for pain, klonopin for those seizures. she's taking a lot of medication. >> i was on prescription pain medication, and i was taking too
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much, and i went into a coma for that. when i came out of the coma, i couldn't talk and i couldn't walk. it was pretty bad. it was real bad. >> can get get through here, please? >> there aren't many offers, and not much money coming in. anna nicole declares bankruptcy. >> the california bankruptcy judge finds that pierce was conspiring with his lawyer and his accountant to cheat anna out of her portion of the inheritance. >> former "playboy" playmate anna nicole smith is a multimillion-dollar winner. a los angeles federal court awarded smith almost $454 million from her husband j, howard marshall's estate. >> she goes from zero to $447 million. cha-ching. >> now she's a millionaire. wait, there's another court in another state that could take it all away. but she's about to reinvent herself. >> hello, romeo. >> hey, punker poo. >> she says yes to a reality
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my life is like a living soap opera. >> anna! >> straight ahead! >> i just feel so terribly. >> just give her a moment. >> as tragic as some of the this was, the cameras never stopped rolling. it was all about the cash register. >> her friends say when they talk to her she's rushed off the phone. >> anna had a lot of people in her ear telling her things. >> she took my hand and put it over on her stomach. she's pregnant. the next thing i know, she's taking off to the bahamas. >> it's catnip for all the tabloids. who's the daddy? >> i'm having a baby. >> it was almost like another episode of her reality show.
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>> she just started to cave in. >> i just started screaming her name. i said, baby girl, if you got anything in you, please come back. >> her death was this huge story. i mean, huge. >> i haven't been to this storage in years, to be honest. dannielynn has no idea she's going to see these things. >> anna nicole smith has just won a huge chunk of her husband's estate in a court in clifornia, but it's not over. she still has to do battle with his son in a different court in texas. and she could lose it all. >> we have an exclusive interv itleity model is t s attraction in a texas courtroom later this week, as she fights to claim a share of her late husband's $1.6 billion estate. >> she calls me and she says, well, i'm doing "20/20.” they were going to give her a
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chance to put the -- set the record straight. >> this story will not be a good story by beating up on you. but somewhere in the course of my interview with you, i'm hoping you can tell me what it was -- >> to make you understand. actually loved -- you, i suspec- >> to help you understand. >> it was not his fortune that first attracted you? >> oh, no, sir. not at all. what happened was he paid me enough money not to have to go back to that place i was working at, and he took care of me and my son. >> that must have felt good. >> that felt wonderful for him to love me and my son like that. he took care of me for many years. >> when did he begin broaching the subject of marriage with you? >> a week after i met him. i never was going to marry him until i got myself established. i wanted to make something of myself first before i got married so people wouldn't think, oh, i was this money person, you know? and it backfired anyway. >> you're saying being called a
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gold digger was your worst fear, and you did everything the other way around to make sure that would not happen? >> right. >> and instead, what happened? >> it happened. >> top ten anna nicole smith dating tips. anna nicole smith. number three. to convincingly fake excitement during sex, just think about his stock portfolio. >> never mind your heart! we can call an ambulance anytime! come on, tiger, what do you say? yeah. >> what was it like when you used to see jay leno and letterman savage you? >> after my husband passed, it was really, really hard on me. >> i guess they felt that, you know, you had made it on your own, but you wanted to marry -- i guess the term is sugar daddies. >> that wasn't true. >> i mean, here's the question. some would say it wasn't a real marriage. you're telling me tonight, sitting across from me, it was a real marriage? >> yes. can we stop the camera, please? >> okay. let's give her a moment.
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>> the media thought this was, to some degree, a detective story. like, is she a gold digger or is she not? and they were using those old kind of stereotypes to kind of, you know, rip the lid off this story. >> i could have married him a week after we met or two weeks after we met. i could have married him years before, and i didn't. i didn't. i went out and i made something of myself. >> to actually see her in tears and break down and really feel what she was feeling was heartbreaking. >> it's been five years now since he's passed away. are you able to get on with your life at all? looks to me like you're still -- >> it's hard. i mean, i went through a lot. you know, people -- you know, when i gained a lot of weight, people thought i was just
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partying and doing this and that. i'm having seizures, panic attacks, and my husband just died and people think i don't care. >> they didn't for once consider that maybe this was an interesting notion of two people who are making a transaction here, are both lonely and find each other's company, not only enjoyable, but have a modicum of love for one another. >> this is a pretty incredible story from beginning to end, isn't it? >> it surely is. >> and it's your life. >> it's my life. my life is like a living soap opera. >> former "playboy" playmate anna nicole smith came to court prepared. armed with photos of her dead husband, she took the stand ready to fight. >> when anna nicole smith walked into the trial, the odds were in her favor. there was so much money. why not give her a little? >> and i don't want to call names. i'm not going to call ms. marshall a gold digger. i truly am not. how you decide what she is and
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what she did and why should be based on evidence. >> so pierce's lawyer is rusty hardin. he has a reputation for being a great trial lawyer. >> she will not be a poor little girl from mexia, texas, when the trial's over. >> he would have been about 86 years old at that time. what attracted you to him? >> i felt really bad for him. i felt sorry for him. i -- >> are you the kind of person who takes in stray animals? >> if i seen one i probably would, yes, sir. >> okay. >> he may be folksy, but he's also sharp as a tack and he knows how to cross-examine a witness. >> the letter from pierce marshall to you about your bills, do you remember that letter? >> yes, sir. >> and do you remember that he asked you to look at the date? the date on that letter was february the 5th, as i recall, was it not? >> it -- can i see the letter again and look at the date? >> yes, ma'am. is it still up there? >> because i'm really bad with dates. >> that's okay. >> i don't want to get in trouble. >> he wants to get her frustrated. so if she doesn't know dates, he's going to ask her about dates over and over again.
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>> well, ma'am, that was in september, wasn't it? >> i'm bad at dates, so i'm guessing. >> was it before or after your depositions in may of 1995? >> i don't know the dates, rusty. >> isn't it true that you don't even know when you last saw your husband before he died? >> yes, rusty, i am bad with dates. >> he more he can draw out of her, the more he can get her frustrated, flummoxed. that only benefits him and his client. >> are you telling me that the last time you saw your husband, you don't even remember how you got to houston? >> rusty, on an airplane. >> her demeanor in the jury box was not the best. >> have you been taking new acting lessons? >> screw you, rusty. >> she was in over her head. i don't think she really herself in a courtroom setting. by the end of the five days or so, she'd gone from walking into the courtroom with the jury
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pretty much on her side to having lost them. >> the jury in houston says former "playboy" playmate anna nicole smith is not entitled to one red cent from her late hus multimilon-dollar estate. >> there are years of appeals and litigation ahead. and in the meantime, anna still needs to keep working to pay the bills. >> so she makes a decision that could be the best or the worst career move she's ever made. >> quit following me! >> she says yes to a reality show. ♪ anna anna anna anna nicole ♪ ♪ you're so outrageous ♪ it's ubrelvy. for anytime, anywhere migraine strikes, without worrying if it's too late, or where i am. one dose can quickly stop my migraine in its tracks within two hours. unlike older medicines, ubrelvy is a pill that directly blocks cgrp protein, believed to be a cause of migraine. do not take with strong cyp3a4 inhibitors. most common side effects were nausea and tiredness.
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ahhhh inside and out, care. downtherecare with cottonelle ahhhh so there was two people. there was vickie lynn marshall. and there was anna nicole smith. i, myself, very fortunate to get to have met and gotten to know vickie lynn.
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but at the same time, see anna nicole in action. so it didn't matter if you had a cell phone, a polaroid camera, any kind of camera, you just yelled out her name, anna nicole. when she turned around, it was -- on the spot. you saw anna nicole. it's like, wow. >> anna, look this way! ♪ >> wow. and the minute that camera left, it was a whole another person. she was back to vickie lynn. and how she did it, i don't know. but whatever she was doing, it was making everybody watch. >> in 2001, anna is offered a show that's pretty new to television. ♪ she says yes to a reality show. >> two thumbs up. my dream house. >> reality shows are really -- pretty much fresh-baked at this point. people like the osbournes. >> rock 'n roll!
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>> or people like nick lachey and jessica simpson were doing these shows, revivifying their stardom. >> so here comes anna nicole smith into this brave new world of celebrity reality television. >> that's my son. isn't he cute? >> was that who she really was? the first season was quite a ratings success. >> the luxurious hardware is coming out right now. >> whatever she did, the crazier she got, i think was her ticket. it was all part of her plan. >> the ratings started to plummet in the second season, and the show was cancelled before the third season really got under way. >> and then she kind of disappeared for a little bit. she was out of the spotlight. no one really knew where she was. >> hi. i'm back. >> she makes a comeback. she gets a contract with trimspa, a diet pill. and she drops 69 pounds. >> as she makes her way back on the scene, she meets the next
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man in her life, larry birkhead. >> the first time that i encountered anna was in my hometown of louisville, kentucky, working as a photographer at the kentucky derby. so i talked to her and we exchanged this kiss and she was kind of getting handsy. >> she was really smitten over him, and she told me that. she actually said, you know, she really liked this guy. >> i was asked by anna's team to photograph anna at a kids' camp, a charity event. i got to kind of witness anna hanging out with the kids. it was a stripped-down version of this small texas girl that i really appreciated. >> she talked very highly about larry. >> and next thing i know, i've got my bags packed, on my way out to anna nicole's house, moving in with her. >> while their relationship is kept out of the public eye, they developed an intimacy. >> anna lived in the house with her son daniel, her assistant
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kim, and her attorney howard k. stern. he was kind of her publicist. he was kind of her agent. he was kind of the go-to person for anna nicole. >> in 2006 i met larry, and we sat down and talked about his life with anna nicole. >> howard stern. >> that was a problem. >> what kind of a problem? >> in my opinion, he's in love with anna, and she's never really returned that affection towards him. he created a lot of problems for us. he would fill her head with ideas, negative thoughts about me to where she would actually sometimes be suspicious of things. >> did you see evidence of drug use and alcohol use? did she have a problem? >> i saw -- i saw a lot of things i didn't like. never once in my relationship with anna did i see her do any kind of illegal drug. now i will say that she sometimes did not take the medication as she was prescribed the medication. or then she might say, i skipped a day, so i might take two today.
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the night before the american music awards was the first time i ever saw anna have a seizure. i was up with her all night. the next day, i just thought she should cancel it. and everybody saw what happened next. i was honored to be in ou next performer's new video. and if i ever record an album, i want this guy to produce mine and make me beautiful duet. >> the first thing you see in the headlines was, "anna nicole on drugs," "anna nicole on this.” i mean, that was what came out of that. >> anna nicole smith's wild night at the american music awards. >> she's just getting over the crazy pox. >> what the hell are they putting in that trimspa? >> we hope she has some people around her who care about her and take care of her. >> in the midst of all this strange and bad press comes the
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announcement that her longtime court battle for her elderly husband's estate is going to the supreme court. >> there was this surreal moment, where anna nicole smith -- you know, the buxom "playboy" pinup girl -- winds up in front of ruth bader ginsburg. >> this case concerns the claim of petitioner vickie lynn marshall to share in the large fortune of her deceased husband j. howard marshall. >> ruth bader ginsburg writes the opinion. and the supreme court decides that anna nicole smith can pursue her claims in the lower courts. >> there was no end to her court battles. she was in litigation continuously for 11 years. >> it was affecting her tremendously. ruining her mental health and her physical health.
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>> do you remember going up this street when you were a baby? when you were little?oud use. that was our family room window right there. that was my bedroom. they changed the gate. we both really wanted kids and she always said she wanted a little girl. and i remember we were laying in the bed, and she took my hand, and she put it over on her stomach. she had this big glowing smile on. she brings out the pregnancy test and she shows me that she's pregnant. i was being a little bit vocal about medications she was taking and making sure that everything was done right. >> she actually told me that she was pregnant and that larry was the father. i don't know how it got to where it got.
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anna nicole and howard k. stern had moved to the bahamas for the last three months of her pregnancy. >> meanwhile, her son daniel's living in l.a. with ray martino. and he's worried about what's going on with his mother. >> he was not favorable to what his mother was doing. and he didn't like the people that were around her. >> her friends say when they talk to her, she's rushed off the phone. >> so her and i, we'd actually have communication when she was in the bahamas. the conversations would happen in the middle of the night, and i don't know if she was doing it because she didn't want howard to hear. >> september 7th, 2006, is a huge day in the life of anna nicole smith because that's the day she gives birth to her daughter. and at her side is howard k. stern. he is filming everything that's happening. "entertainment tonight" buys that video for an undisclosed sum.
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>> anna nicole gives birth right here tonight before your very eyes. >> i'm having a baby. >> daniel flies down to meet up with his mom and baby sister. in the hospital room where anna is recovering from a c-section. >> on the night of september 9th, daniel sleeps over in her hospital room in the bahamas. he's sitting up in a chair that's across from her hospital bed. >> howard k. stern's in the room. he's in another bed. at 6:20 in the morning, the nurse sees daniel tending to his mother. >> around 9:30 in the morning, anna nicole wakes up. she sees daniel sleeping by her side. she tries to wake him up, but he doesn't respond. she tries again, but his skin is cold. she realizes he's not breathing,
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so now she's terrified. she calls out to the medical staff, and they rush in, but it's too late. daniel is already dead. >> the body of smith's 20-year-old son daniel smith was found just three days after anna nicole gave birth to a baby girl in the bahamas. >> around 7:00 l.a. time, i get a call from anna screaming and crying on the phone -- "daniel's dead.” >> as tragic as some of the events were, the cameras never stop rolling. it was all about the cash register ringing. >> just days after daniel's shocking death, "intouch" magazine buys the photograph of daniel meeting his baby sister for a reported $400,000. >> this was now both a family tragedy and a crime investigation. >> the chief inspector in the bahamas coroner's office is calling the death of anna
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nicole smith's son suspicious. >> how can you die in a hospital bed with nobody noticing? how can that have happened when a few hours earlier you were fine? >> the cause of death of daniel smith still remains unclear. >> finally the official results come back and it shows that daniel died of a lethal combination of lexapro, zoloft, and methadone. >> daniel actually had a prescription for lexapro, and he was taking zoloft because he was anxious about his flight. but nobody knows where he got the methadone. >> anna's been on methadone for years, so did he take it secretly? to this day, no one knows how he got that methadone. >> so in the wake of this nightmare there still remains an open question as to who the biological father of anna nicole smith's daughter is. howard k. stern's name is on the birth certificate, so anna nicole and howard decide to go
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to larry king, because if you're announcing who the father of your baby is, where else are you going to go? >> anna and i have been in a relationship and we love each other and it's been going on for a very long time. >> so you are the father? >> yes, sir. >> i actually had to file a paternity suit. i was like, this is the last thing that i want to do. she's just lost her son. >> daniel is buried in the bahamas, and his mother is devastated. >> for whatever reason, she blamed herself for daniel dying. >> it broke her heart when he died. and i think that was the final straw for anna nicole.
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>> to help her through her grief, anna's friend dr. khristine oreskovich flies down to the bahamas. she happens to be a psychiatrist who has the authority to write prescriptions. and she writes a lot of prescriptions. >> dr. eroshevich writes anna a new prescription to help her sleep at night. >> anna's new drug of choice is chloral hydrate, but anna, instead of taking the prescribed dose, she would sometimes just pick up the bottle and chug it. this new drug of choice was extremely dangerous. and anna nicole smith didn't know how dangerous it was. it's time for the biggest sale of the year, on the new sleep number 360 smart bed. it helps keep you effortlessly comfortable by sensing your movements and automatically responding to both of you. and, it's temperature balancing to help you stay comfortable all night.
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>> they're calling the death of anna nicole smith's son suspicious. >> anna nicole is completely devastated by the loss of her son daniel. but there's kind of a bright spot. >> bahamians have a very big heart. very friendly. so anna had a whole support group, and that worked out very well. >> she befriends a local bahamian couple, brigitte neven and king eric gibson. he's a local musician and celebrity. >> and we would take people out fishing. then one day, a guy came and said, why don't you take anna nicole fishing? and so that's how i met anna nicole. and so from then on, then she decided to call king eric daddy
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and called me mommy. and then we were just part of the family. >> i think she kind of looked at brigitte kind of like a motherly-type figure because she was calming and spiritual. >> she was attracted to families. where there was a family, because she didn't have that. >> anna adores this couple and she loves being on the open sea, far away from the paparazzi. >> she just loved to be on the boat. she was totally different. she was -- just like being free. >> she stops talking about wanting to die and starts thinking about the future. she actually books a modeling gig and looks into buying a boat. >> howard finds a boat for them to buy in florida. so he and anna go to pick it up. their friends brigitte and king eric will help them drive it back to the bahamas. >> so anna nicole smith leaves the bahamas with a whole
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entourage -- howard k. stern, her bodyguard, and dr. eroshevich. they leave the baby with the nanny. >> before she leaves the bahamas, anna gets a shot of hgh and b-12 on her left side. she's been doing this for a while to maintain her weight. >> on the plane, her left side starts to hurt. by the time she gets to the hotel, she's starting to feel really sick. she has a fever of 105. >> 105 fever for an adult is deadly. everyone in the entourage, they're all telling her she should go to the hospital. and anna says no, she's not going to the hospital. and here's the thing -- they actually listen to her. >> the fact that someone didn't take her to the hospital was really no surprise to me because she was scared the press would find out she was there and then turn it into some big headline and she didn't want any of that. >> over the next three days, anna is pretty sick. she's not eating, she's sleeping
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a lot, and the people with her are starting to notice some strange smell coming from her. >> she showed me that the side of her body was infected. it looked infected. it was different colors and it was swollen. >> on the third day, howard finds her in a confused state sitting in the empty bathtub. that night, dr. eroshevich tells anna she's got to get back to l.a., but anna doesn't want her to go. >> she was begging her to stay. she was saying that she didn't know if she could make it. >> the morning of february 8th, anna nicole is very weak. >> at around noon, howard k. stern decides he's going to keep his appointment to see the boat, even though anna's too sick to go with him. tas and brigitte stays with her.
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>> after about an hour, tas goes in to where anna nicole is. she calls her husband, big moe, anna's bodyguard. >> well, brigitte hears this conversation and she's excited. she thinks her friend is finally awake and they can visit. >> i walked over and i realized there was something wrong with anna. she looked like she was sleeping, but i realized that she wasn't breathing. there was no chest movement and then it all exploded. >> so brigitte tells tas to call 911. >> what happens next is unbelievable. tas doesn't call 911. she calls moe. moe doesn't call 911, he calls howard. and howard doesn't call 911. 38 minutes go by before anyone calls 911. all the while, tas is desperately trying to resuscitate anna. >> finally, moe arrives at the hotel, and once he gets there, hrecupoce11.
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if you could please respond to the hard rock, room 607. it's going to be in reference to a white female, and she's not responding and not breathing. she's actually anna nicole smith. >> we arrived on scene and the paramedics went to work on the subject. and i tried to find out what exactly happened prior to her being found unconscious. and then howard shows up and howard went into just a total frenzy. he was pacing. he told me he was calling a doctor in california. >> howard is calling dr. eroshevich, who confirms that anna was on ten different medications, all of which eroshevich prescribed, and some were not written in anna's name. meanwhile, the paramedics are still working on anna. >> i just started screaming her name. i asked her, i said, baby girl, if you got anything in you, please come back. dannielynn needs you.
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i said, forget it. i need you. we all need you. >> and i could feel her energy, like, giving me a hug. and then she was gone. and i knew she wouldn't be back. >> after we had done everything we could there, we transported her to memorial regional hospital. >> when the ambulance gets to memorial regional hospital, there is a full-on media blitz, cameras rolling everywhere. >> we are waiting to hear some word during a press conference, we're told that press conference might not happen. >> it was quite a scene. my guys were being filmed as they were taking the subject out of the rescue truck and wheeling her into the emergency room. >> at 2:49 this afternoon, we were advised by hospital personnel that anna nicole smith had died.
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>> anna nicole smith is pronounced dead at 2:49 p.m. >> it's just confirmed that anna nicole smith has died. >> she collapsed in a florida hotel. she was 39 years old. >> it takes months before the police investigation is finished. the question of why no one called 911 sooner is never fully answered. >> and when the autopsy is released, it is shocking. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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february 2007. all kinds of news is being made. >> today in iraq, another chopper down. >> and we will go to that rampage in the upscale shopping mall in salt lake city, utah. >> even with all that going on so many people are talking about anna nicole smith. >> all we really know about anna nicole smith's death at this point is that she died alone. i was covering anna nicole smith for abc news, and it was a zoo. >> she was unconscious, unresponsive. >> certainly all the tabloids, the tabloid tv shows, the news magazines were on top of it.
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>> the anna nicole smith story continues. once again, jim avila. >> the place where anna nicole smith's candle would finally burn out. >> every channel, no matter what channel i turned, no matter where i went to, it was on the news. i looked at the tv, and i think that's when it hit me. the person that was on the tv was the person in all the photographs. >> the autopsy results point to an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. >> she had nine drugs in her system at therapeutic levels. she also had a stomach bug and an abscess from where she got the shot of b-12 and hgh. >> it also showed a diagnosis of hashimoto's disease. that's an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. the symptoms are weight gain, fatigue, and depression. >> all of the things that she'd been struggling with all her life had a diagnosis, but she'd never received it in life.
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>> now it is a battle over her body. >> there was a fight about anna nicole and where to bury her. larry and her mother want her buried in texas, and howard k. stern wants her buried in the bahamas. >> the key players face off in court for the first time. >> there are a staggering 14 attorneys present. >> the court proceedings about where she should be buried are televised. >> no circus here, my friend, there is no circus here. >> don't get slippery with me. don't get cute. >> the court decides that anna's going to be buried next to her son. >> i want them to be together. >> i've never seen a judge cry on the stand like that. >> the battle over anna nicole smith's final resting place is finally over, clearing the way for her funeral. >> it was emotional. i tried to put the paternity stuff aside.
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>> meanwhile there's still a battle going on over who the father is of anna nicole's baby. >> the estate of howard marshall is still pending. if that is successful, this child is going to get tens of millions of dollars, and who that father is, is now of a whole lot greater importance and a lot more potential payoff. >> there are the final four who claim to be dannielynn's daddy. there's howard k. stern, larry birhead. there's the ex-boyfriend, mark hatten, who claimed he gave her frozen sperm. >> and lastly, there is prince frederic von anhalt, perhaps most famous for being the fourth husband of zsa zsa gabor. >> there are lots of people who could be the father. >> could you be the father? >> i don't know. sometimes i'm a bad boy, yeah. >> but only dna will tell. >> there hasn't been a paternity test because howard and the baby are in the bahamas, and in the
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bahamas howard is the father, period. larry's lawyer does a bunch of legal maneuvers and eventually cracks the bahamas' system, but before howard's forced to do anything, he relents and gets a sample of the baby's dna. >> i'm in this bahamas courtroom. i'm sitting there. howard k. stern's on one side, i'm on the other side. they opened the envelope, and they said that larry birkhead is the father. i remember putting my head down in my hands. and for, like, one moment, i caught myself looking over my shoulder thinking i was turning to anna, like she was going to be right there. i hate to be the one who told you this, but i told you so. i got to see the baby later, the day after the court.
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i got to pick her up, and she smiled at me, and she was, like, laughing. the person who on the other end of the spectrum of this whole fight was howard k. stern. here he is in the video, and he's showing me, like, the routine of dannielynn. i had to learn how to feed her, how to change her, all these different things. you know. and to this day, howard has been supportive. >> anna leaves behind an estate worth almost $700,000, which dannielynn will get. howard k. stern is the executor. >> this being anna nicole smith, the turmoil of her life goes on long after her death. >> in 2009, howard k. stern and dr. eroshevich were charged and convicted of two counts of conspiracy to obtain drugs for anna nicole smith under false names.
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in 2011 a judge found they were only trying to protect anna's privacy, and dismissed the two convictions against stern. >> what happened today was both vindication for me and for anna. >> as for dr. eroshevich, the judge dismissed one of the charges and reduced the other to a misdemeanor for obtaining one vicodin prescription under a false name. >> you get to re-experience your freedom. it's like being reborn. >> i've always been looking forward to the day where i can actually share some things with her about her mom. dannielynn has no idea that she's going to see these things. all this is a surprise.to s
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i haven't been to this storage in years, to be honest. a lot of stuff was put in here, and there's so many things, like, from different areas of anna's life and her career. one of the coats j. howard marshall bought anna. trophies. when i look at all this stuff, it's hard to go through it. how she lived her dream and the
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things that she accomplished are all encompassed in this storage unit right here. >> anna was a really beautiful person, good heart. >> anna understood how to live life with a free spirit that, you know, a lot of people didn't understand. >> i was inspired to write a song about anna nicole smith. ♪ you're my anna anna nicole ♪ she was really that tragic mythological blonde. >> she remains at the center a tragic figure. there were very, very few people coming to her defense. there's nobody who says stop treating that woman that way, stop talking about that woman that way. >> 13 years that she's been gone. 2007. and we're still talking about this. and it still hurts the same. the same way, like it was yesterday. >> if i had the opportunity to go back in time, i would tell her i love her.
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>> every single thing i touch has a story to it. and it's tough. this is, you know, what's left of anna. dannielynn has no idea that she's going the see these things. all this is a surprise. there's no rhyme or reason to my packing. she has a big heart like her mom had, and i think that she could appreciate these things. do you know what this even is? this is stuff that i have had for you, for a long time. do you want to see it? all right, okay, cool. this. there you are with your mommy. when you talk about anna nicole, there were a lot of happy moments for her. there were a lot of highs before there were a lot of lows.
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this was a blondie t-shirt. we went on a date. who is that cool guy? >> please stop. like, i already told you before. please stop. >> she thought i was cool. anna should be remembered as this larger than life figure who was really a caring, giving person and a beautiful lady who loved her fans and loved her family. that is a book that your mom had. she swore no one ever could touch that. not even i could touch that. that has pictures of your ultrasound. anna got to live her dream. she wanted to be a star, she wanted to be a mother, and dannielynn is her legacy. that's what lives on from anna. >> and we should note tonight, the case for j. howard marshall's estate didn't get resolved until 2019. >> that's right. and after all those years, anna
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nothing from the courts. that's our program tonight. i'm amy robach. >> and i'm david muir. from all of us, thanks for watching. good night. >> do you need a booster shot?
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