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why we like her?
Anna Nicole Smith died of an apparent drug overdose on February 8, 2007, at the age of 40. The world extends its warmest sympathies to Anna Nicole’s family, friends and fans.

When Anna first appeared on the scene, she was hot. Posing for the bunny mag and Guess?, she had men everywhere begging for more. Unfortunately, a marriage to a very senior citizen, a bitter court battle, some significant weight gain, and proof that she isn’t the brightest woman to grace the E! channel have scared us somewhat. But it looks like she has her act together once again, and we’re happy about that.

why is she famous?
A marriage to an 89-year-old billionaire, gracing the cover of Playboy, chosen as 1993’s PlayMate of the Year, posing as a Guess model, and starring in her own reality TV series all made Anna famous, or should we say infamous?

Background
Anna Nicole Smith. What can we say that hasn’t been said? Rarely has a woman had so many readily available adjectives to describe her. Gold digger, bodacious, vixen, plaything, conniving, innocent, moron, misguided, beautiful, and unstable are just some of the many things she has been called.

She was on top of the world at one point; her fame peaked after she was crowned 1993’s Play.mate of the Year, and signed on as a Guess? model. But a controversial marriage to a dying Texas billionaire, along with a propensity for pills and alcohol, brought her down, and made her the butt (and a big one at that) of late-night hosts’ jokes.

But Anna has since managed to put her life back on track. After the success of her self-titled reality show on the E! channel, Anna dropped some 80 pounds and is now ready to take on more projects.

personality & talent
Anna Nicole Smith isn’t the brightest woman we’ve ever watched. The proof is in the pudding. She has a long history of strange behavior, often cracking under life’s pressures with narcotics and plenty of booze. Even her battle of the bulge is worthy of a college case study.

Her love life has also been questionable, at best. Her first marriage took place when she was 17, and she followed that up with a second marriage to a man who was 89 years old and wheelchair bound. Would she have married him had he not been a multimillionaire? We’ll let you decide.

As for talent, Anna did once crash a bar mitzvah in Beverly Hills, at which point she did a sexy dance with the honored youngster.

When it comes to acting, Anna’s most notable role was in Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, in which she played the genius we know her as today.

And did you know she was also a singer? That’s right, Anna once released a version of “My Heart Belongs To Daddy,” which was a minor hit on the club scene.

sexiness
She idolizes Marilyn Monroe, a fine choice if there ever was one, but Anna’s sexiness ratio with her fans changes depending on her weight (she skyrocketed up to a size 18, and has since lost a lot of weight, thanks to a dietary supplement).

But what also makes a woman sexy is her ability to speak coherently. Anna doesn’t seem to have that ability yet. Then again, she masturbates regularly – now that she’s hot, we think that’s incredibly sexy.

accomplishments & fame
She posed for Play..boy, was named 1993’s Play.mate of the Year, and signed on as a Guess? model.

Then she married an oil tycoon and, after he died, inherited $450 million. Is that an accomplishment? Some would think so. We don’t.

In 2002, she agreed to take on the E! channel and do a reality series based on her everyday life. And although she is an incredibly strange woman when the cameras are rolling, Anna has managed to turn the reality series into the stuff late-night comedy is made of. She has since trimmed down, but unfortunately, her new body wasn’t enough to save her show, which was canceled in 2004.

natural beauty
In her heyday, Anna was a head-turner, no doubt. Then she ballooned into Shamu and we felt somewhat cheated. But now she’s back to her thinner, sexier self and we appreciate her efforts.

Anna also has a nice face and a sweet smile, and we must admit that when she’s silent, she’s pretty.

personal style
Listed as fashion critic and former designer Mr. Blackwell’s Worst-Dressed Woman of the Year in 2002, Anna has definitely made some unwise fashion decisions. When she was thicker, she still dressed as though she were a size 8, which was quite frightening at times.

Now that she’s dropped the weight again, we’re hoping that Anna opts to put on that white dress that made Marilyn famous.

Masturbate
“I didn’t get to masturbate this morning, and I’ve been dying to, so I’ve gotta go.” -Anna Nicole Smith on why she called off her house hunt on The Anna Nicole Show.

biography
Anna Nicole Smith was born Vicki Lynn Hogan on November 28th, 1967, in Houston, Texas. After her father abandoned her and her mother when she was a child, she was raised by her mother and aunt, commuting back and forth to each caretaker.

At the age of 17, Anna (then Vicki) married Billy Smith, and that same year, they welcomed their son Daniel into the world. Time with Billy was short-lived and young Anna was left to care for her son alone.

anna nicole dances topless
In order to pay the bills, she began working at topless bars in Houston, where she was actually more noticed for her rear than for her breasts (she did not yet have the breasts that she’s famous for today). But since she was not as rail-thin as the rest of the dancers, Anna didn’t work the coveted hours of topless clubs and was instead scheduled during the afternoon shift.

Regardless, Anna (who then used several pseudonyms such as Nikki and Robin, before finally sticking to Anna Nicole) was discovered by a photographer, and quickly realized that she could use her body as a career tool. Since her childhood dream was to become the next Marilyn Monroe (her idol), Anna was inspired to make a name for herself.

anna nicole gets plastic surgery
After a breast enlargement (Anna insisted on having two implants inserted into each breast) and some cosmetic surgery, Anna was ready for the big time, and ironically, headed in the same direction as Marilyn Monroe. She entered the Playboy Cover Contest, and appeared on the cover of the magazine at the age of 24. Two years later, Anna was crowned 1993’s Play..mate of the Year, which, although is an honor in itself, led Anna to bigger and better things.

Thanks to her Playboy appearance, Guess president Paul Marciano, also responsible for the modeling careers of Eva Herzigova, Josie Maran and Shana Zadrick, saw Anna’s potential and cast her as a Guess model.

She made her big screen debut in the 1994 slapstick comedy, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, followed by an appearance in The Hudsucker Proxy, starring Tim Robbins.

anna nicole marries j. howard marshall
If audiences didn’t catch Anna in these films, they surely heard of her questionable marriage to oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II – 60 years her senior – on the 27th of June 1994. Anna remained low-profile with her wheelchair-bound husband, until Marshall’s death in 1995.

In 1996, the former Play..mate filed for bankruptcy, after a former female assistant sued her for sexual harassment (she would have had to pay $850,000 US).

anna nicole inherits $450 million
Although Marshall had left Anna with an inheritance, his heirs claimed that she could not receive what he left her, accusing her of mistreating him in his last few days and not marrying him for the right reasons. She was not mentioned in any of his wills, but claimed that he offered her half of his money, to speed up her decision to marry him. After a bitter court battle between Anna and Marshall’s son, E. Pierce Marshall, Anna was rewarded $450 million in 2000.

anna nicole does reality tv
On August 4th, 2002, the E! channel began airing its first season of The Anna Nicole Show. Although Anna had gained a considerable amount of weight, viewers tuned in to watch Anna make a fool of herself week after week.

Before the second season started, producers of the show demanded that Anna drop some weight before shooting began, and with the help of TrimSpa, a supplement that claims to block fat from entering the body, Anna has trimmed down significantly and reportedly lost 80 pounds.

Although Anna Nicole now looks great, she no longer has a TV audience: The Anna Nicole Show was canceled in 2004, but we’re confident that she’ll have other projects on her plate soon enough.