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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.
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.
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.
Former Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith sat on the witness stand, staring blankly at Exhibit 3337, a $235,000 wish list of goodies she faxed to her Texas oil tycoon husband eight months before his death. Attorney Rusty Hardin rattled off item after item on the handwritten note, grilling Smith about each request--three $50,000 bank deposits, two bodyguards, one publicist and a Manhattan apartment. Then came the finale: a $48,000 diamond.
September 22, 2009 | Harriet Ryan
The request for drugs for Anna Nicole Smith slid off the fax of a Valley Village pharmacy five days after the model's son had died in the Bahamas. A psychiatrist wanted 300 tablets of methadone, two types of sedatives, a muscle relaxer, an anti-inflammatory drug and four bottles of a painkiller nicknamed "hospital heroin," unsealed court records show. The amount and combination alarmed the pharmacist, who later recalled thinking, "They are going to kill her with this." He phoned Smith's internist and said he had no intention of filling a prescription that amounted to "pharmaceutical suicide," according to court documents.
He called her "the light of my life." She called him "Paw Paw." In the pantheon of big, over-the-top Texas love stories, few could achieve the flamboyance of the courtship and marriage of Anna Nicole Smith and J. Howard Marshall. She, as any tabloid reader knows, is the oft-described "busty model" from the pages of Playboy and the ads for Guess jeans--"a sweet girl" to residents of her small hometown of Mexia.
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