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The Multi-Million Dollar Scandal That Drove The Media To Love To Hate Anna Nicole Smith

Updated 25 Feb 2019 220.5k views13 items

The tale of Anna Nicole Smith is one of the most tragic celebrity stories of recent times. Growing up in a small town with abusive parents, she went on to become a huge star all over the world as a Playboy model and reality TV star. Things never seemed easy for the mother of two, however, with life constantly throwing obstacles at her. Her untimely passing at the age of 39 in 2007 suggested just how much Smith struggled.

Perhaps the most headline-grabbing event of Smith's life was her marriage in 1994 to billionaire J. Howard Marshall. The extended legal battle over Marshall's estate following his passing in 1995 made Smith a target for scorn in the media, with many accusing her of being an opportunist who was only interested in her late husband's wealth. The truth, as always, is far more complicated than that.

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