In this handout image from PETA, Anna Nicole Smith poses as Marliyn Monroe for a 2004 PETA ad campaign titled, Gentlemen Prefer Fur Free Blondes.  Smith, the pneumatic blonde whose life played out as an extraordinary tabloid tale - Playboy centerfold, jeans model, bride of an octogenarian oil tycoon, reality-show subject, tragic mother - died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007 after collapsing at a hotel. She was 39. (AP Photo/PETA, Robert Sebree)

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Anna Nicole Smith

The short, tragic life of the former Playboy playmate and model.

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Celebrity Anna Nicole Smith's photo is seen in a 1985 Mexia High School year book under the name, Nikki Hart, in Mexia

Texas teen

Anna Nicole Smith's photo is seen in a 1985 Mexia (Texas) High School yearbook under the name Nikki Hart. School officials say Smith went by the name Nikki Hart during her brief tenure there.

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This handout image from Playboy, shows a cover of the June 1993 Playmate of the Year issue of Playboy magazine, featuring Anna Nicole Smith. Smith, the pneumatic blonde whose life played out as an extraordinary tabloid tale - jeans model, Playboy centerfold, widow of an octogenarian billionaire, reality-show subject, tragic mother - died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007 after collapsing at a hotel. She was 39. ONE TIME USE ONLY, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE. (AP Photo/Playboy)

Short, tragic life

The cover of the June 1993 Playmate of the Year issue of Playboy magazine featured Anna Nicole Smith. Smith, the pneumatic blonde whose life played out as an extraordinary tabloid tale -- jeans model, Playboy centerfold, widow of an octogenarian billionaire, reality-show subject, tragic mother -- died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, after collapsing at a Hollywood, Fla., hotel. She was 39.

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Smith & Her License Plate

She had drive

Smith holds a Texas license plate that reads "PMOY 93" (Playmate of the Year).

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ANNA NICOLE SMITHⓡ HOWARD MARSHALL    after his death, anna nicole smith fights

Happy husband

Millionaire J. Howard Marshall II made headlines in 1994 when he married Smith. She was 26 and he was 89. He died Aug. 5, 1995, when he was 90. Smith and Marshall's son, E. Pierce Marshall, battled over Marshall's estate. The boy next to Marshall is Smith's late son, Daniel.

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NICOLE SMITH

Daniel's short life

Smith and her son Daniel, 13, leave a federal courthouse in Los Angeles on Oct. 27, 1999. His body was found in the Bahamas on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006. A coroner's report ruled the death was caused by an overdose of anti-depressants and methadone.

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MARSHALL SMITH STERN

Fighting for her share

Smith listens in court in Houston with her attorneys Tom Cunningham and Howard Stern on Monday, Oct. 2, 2000. Sixteen jurors, four of them alternates, were seated to hear the lawsuit where Smith laid claim to a share of the oil fortune of her deceased husband, J. Howard Marshall II. Smith married the Texas oil tycoon in 1994 and he died the following year. Stern later reportedly married Smith and claimed to be the father of Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern.

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SMITH

Back to work

Smith is surrounded by members of KISS at the conclusion of the Lane Bryant show featuring plus size fashions in New York on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002. The legendary rock band gave a live performance throughout the runway show, which kicked off New York Fashion Week.

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In this handout image from PETA, Anna Nicole Smith poses as Marliyn Monroe for a 2004 PETA ad campaign titled, Gentlemen Prefer Fur Free Blondes.  Smith, the pneumatic blonde whose life played out as an extraordinary tabloid tale - Playboy centerfold, jeans model, bride of an octogenarian oil tycoon, reality-show subject, tragic mother - died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007 after collapsing at a hotel. She was 39. (AP Photo/PETA, Robert Sebree)

Activist

In this handout image from PETA, Smith poses as Marliyn Monroe for a 2004 ad campaign titled, Gentlemen Prefer Fur Free Blondes. PETA's Michael McGraw said in reaction to Smith's death, "She was a great friend to animals and used every opportunity to speak out against senseless cruelty."

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NYC: Heatherette - Fall 2004 - Runway

Hot pink

Smith walks the runway at the Heatherette fashion show during Olympus Fashion Week in New York on Feb. 12, 2004.

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"G-Phoria - The Award Show 4 Gamers" in Los Angeles

Always outrageous

Smith feigns a "wardrobe malfunction" before announcing Rikku in "Final Fantasy X-2" as the Hottest Character award winner during "G-Phoria -- The Award Show 4 Gamers" in Los Angeles on Aug. 1, 2004.

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ANNA NICOLE

Strange behavior

Smith waves during an appearance backstage during the Live 8 concert in Philadelphia on July 2, 2005. The production company behind the concerts claimed in a lawsuit against Trimspa Inc. that its reputation was damaged by Smith's attire and conduct. Smith, a spokesperson for Trimspa, was not named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

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SMITH STERN

Wowing the Supremes

Smith and her lawyer Howard K. Stern leave the U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 28, 2006. In a unanimous decision, the court ruled that Smith could continue her claim for part of her late husband's fortune.

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This photo, supplied by "Entertainment Tonight," shows Anna Nicole Smith, holding her daughter, Dannielyn Hope, Howard K. Stern and "Entertainment Tonight" co-host Mark Steines, right,at couple's home in Bahama on Saturday Oct.28, 2006. "Entertainment Tonight, " the syndicated celebrity news television show, will begin airing what the show calls an "exclusive interview" with the couple, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006 and in subsequent shows.(AP Photo/"Entertainment Tonight")

Home sweet home?

Smith holds her daughter Dannielyn Hope and poses with Stern and "Entertainment Tonight" co-host Mark Steines at the couple's home in the Bahamas on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006. Businessman and former boyfriend G. Ben Thompson threatened to evict Smith from her Bahamas home, claiming she wasn't making the mortgage payments.

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Anna Nicole Smith watches a boxing match from the ringside at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood

No sign of trouble

Smith watched a boxing match from near ringside at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2007. She died Feb. 8, 2007.

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Virgie Arthur (C) mother of Anna Nichole

A mother mourns

Smith's mother, Virgie Arthur, center, and her husband James Arthur, left, embrace as the coffin of Anna Nicole leaves a Bahamas church on March 2, 2007, as the former Playboy model headed to her final resting three weeks after her death. A throng of Bahamians, tourists and media crushed behind police barriers as the pink-laced white coffin was carried into the Mount Horeb Baptist Cathedral in Nassau, Bahamas, for a funeral ceremony closed to all but 300 invited guests.The church was reportedly filled with pink roses, and sources close to the funeral said Smith's body was clad in a gown and tiara.

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Locals stand before the grave of Anna Ni

Laid to rest

Locals stand before the grave of Smith at the Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Nassau, Bahamas, on March 2, 2007.

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Larry Birkhead smiles and raises his hands in the air after a paternity hearing the Bahamian court, in Nassau, Bahamas, Tuesday, April 10, 2007. DNA analysis released during the hearing has proven that Anna Nicole Smith's former boyfriend Larry Birkhead is the father of her infant daughter, an expert in genetic evidence said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Christine Aylen)

'I told you so!'

Larry Birkhead rejoices after hearing in a Bahamian court on April 10, 2007, that he has been proven to be the legal father of Smith's baby, Dannielynn. Birkhead later hugged Howard K. Stern, who had been acting as the baby's father.

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Image: Larry Berkhead, Dannielynn

Derby day with daughter

Birkhead and Dannielynn feed a pony at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, Ky., on Wednesday, April 28. 2010. Birkhead, a Louisville native, first met Anna Nicole at a 2004 party around the famous horse race.

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