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February 10, 2007 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
The centerfold, the gold digger, the demimonde redneck. Anna Nicole Smith is a smorgasbord of easily classified metaphors, each with plenty of "girl gone wild" B-roll. It's why KCAL Channel 9 devoted its 8 p.m. news hole to her death after the Lakers-Pistons game Thursday night. It's why E!, the network that cemented her redneck period with "The Anna Nicole Smith Show," announced a special "True Hollywood Story," airing tonight -- the network's way of flying its flag at half-staff.
Dabbing tears, former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith testified in federal court in Santa Ana Wednesday that her Texas oil tycoon husband promised her half his fortune and lavished her with homes, envelopes of cash and diamond rings during his many marriage proposals. Smith contends that the wishes of J. Howard Marshall II were undercut by his son, however, who coveted his father's wealth and despised her to the point of having armed guards chase her out of the family home in Houston.
February 18, 2007
Anna Nicole Smith: With her blow-up-doll curves, the former stripper and Red Lobster waitress became a Playmate of the Year and Guess jeans model before marrying a billionaire octogenarian, who died 14 months later, leaving her to fight over his estate with his adult son. That legal battle went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. During the filming of her reality show, Smith said she had two audiences: "large women and college boys." She died Feb.
February 26, 2007 | Charles Proctor, Times Staff Writer
Methadone, a potent opiate once used almost exclusively to treat heroin addicts, is increasingly being prescribed by doctors as a pain medication and abused by drug users searching for a cheap, easy way to get high, physicians and federal drug officials say. The drug, which comes in pill or liquid form, recently has come under scrutiny in the death of former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith. A doctor in Studio City prescribed methadone to Smith for pain treatment before she was found dead Feb.
September 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The death of Anna Nicole Smith's 20-year-old son was termed "suspicious" Wednesday by the coroner's office, which scheduled a formal inquiry that could lead to criminal charges. Authorities said that at least one other person was in the hospital room when Daniel Wayne Smith died Sunday while visiting his mother, a reality TV star and former Playboy playmate, three days after she gave birth to a baby girl.
October 13, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein and Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writers
State agents served search warrants Friday at the homes, offices and billing locations of at least two physicians who authorities believe played a part in providing prescription drugs to Anna Nicole Smith, who died earlier this year of a drug overdose. The operation came as Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown vowed to launch a statewide crackdown on the abuse of prescription drugs, a problem he said may be as extensive as the trade in illicit narcotics.
March 1, 2006 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Demurely dressed in black, a silver cross around her neck, Anna Nicole Smith slipped in the side door of the Supreme Court on Tuesday and listened quietly in the back while her lawyers argued that the former stripper and Playboy Playmate was entitled to nearly $500 million she had been promised by her late husband, Texas oilman J. Howard Marshall II. The lawyers said she was cheated when the tycoon's son forged documents and tried to file a will that left all the assets to him.
February 21, 2007 | Michael Muskal, Times Staff Writer
Anna Nicole Smith wanted to be buried next to her son in the Bahamas and bought two burial plots for their final resting places, Howard K. Stern, the former Playboy Playmate's last companion, told a Florida court Tuesday. In his first court appearance since Smith died Feb. 8, Stern sat in the witness chair in front of photographer Larry Birkhead, Smith's former lover, who also claims to be the father of her 5-month-old daughter, Dannielynn.
February 25, 2007 | Richard Rushfield, Times Staff Writer
AROUND 12:30 p.m. PST on Feb. 8, the first word of Anna Nicole Smith's death began to float into public consciousness. Within minutes, cable news networks ground to a halt as anchors fumbled for profundity. Within the next hours, newsrooms across America began a weeklong debate: "Is she a real celebrity?" and "Just because America is dying to know about her death, does that make it news?" But while old media struggled to get its ducks in a row, online an unlikely news team snapped into action.
February 10, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
Anna Nicole Smith wasn't suffocated, stabbed, shot or bludgeoned, but the medical examiner who conducted a six-hour autopsy on the pop-culture star said Friday that it could be five weeks before he knew what killed her. The 39-year-old celebrity sexpot, who was found lifeless in a luxury hotel suite Thursday, probably died of natural causes, drug or chemical influences, or a combination of those factors, said Joshua Perper, chief of the Broward County medical examiner's office.
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