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Inside Anna Nicole Smith's Home with Billionaire Who Promised to Care For Her Son & Her 'Their Whole Lives'

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Apr 15, 2022
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After Anna Nicole Smith married J Howard Marshall, who was over 60 years older, he vowed to care of her and her son from another marriage. Here is a look at the mansion the pair lived in before Marshall's death.

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Anna Nicole Smith was a Playboy model who starred in a few on-screen productions. Sadly, she passed away in 2007 but left behind a legacy, including her achievements in the entertainment world and a daughter, Dannielynn. 

Dannielynn is a product of Smith's relationship with Photographer Larry Birkhead. The pair dated for a while but separated before their child was born.

[Left] Anna Nicole Smith and son Danny during Anna Nicole Smith's Special Appearance For Guess? Sportwear at Bullock's Store at Beverly Center in Beverly Hills, California; [Right] Picture of Anna Nicole Smith and J. Howard Marshall II's mansion | Source: Getty Images ||

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Apart from Birkhead, the actress was also involved in other relationships and even tied the knot twice. Here are all the details about Anna Nicole Smith, her marriages, and her billionaire home.

INSIDE ANNA'S MARRIAGES/ TRAGEDIES 

Anna Nicole Smith and J. Howard Marshall II sharing a kiss | Source: Getty Images

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Anna met her first husband and Cook, Billy Wayne Smith, while working as a cook at a fried chicken shop. Shortly after, they started dating and eventually walked down the aisle a few months later, in 1985. 

The television personality's marriage spanned almost ten years before it ended in 1993. The following year, Anna married her second husband and billionaire Oil Tycoon, J. Howard Marshall. At the time, the late actress was 26, while her husband was 89. 

Anna Nicole Smith Shows Off Her New Wedding Ring Given To Her Husband J. Howard Marshall II on Sunday July 24 1994 in Las Vegas | Source: Getty Images

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Marshall allegedly splashed $12 million in gifts on his new wife, and many accused Anna of marrying the billionaire for money. However, she claimed to love him. 

Anna's former partner, Birkhead, would later confirm that, indeed, she was in love with her husband. In his words:

"I think of all the people she's talked about the most, it would be her late husband."

A photograph of Anna Nicole Smith and J. Howard Marshall II sitting next to Marshall's casket at his memorial which took place on August 8, 1995, in Houston, Texas | Source : Getty Images

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Sadly, one year after the pair tied the knot, Marshall passed away, leaving Anna devastated. During a chat session, the model confessed that Marshall's death affected her to the point where she gained much weight

In addition, she was placed on pain relief pills, which she overdosed on and ended up in a coma. For Anna, losing her husband was one of the most traumatic experiences. Even though he was old, the billionaire always cared for his wife. 

Anna Nicole Smith at the Video Software Dealers Association Convention in Las Vegas in 1993 | Source: Getty Images

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Anna's mother, who was shocked by the age difference, once recalled an instance when Marshall proved to be a sweetheart. She said:

"One time when we all went to dinner together at his club, he said to me, 'You don't have to worry about Vickie Lynn or Danny. I will take care of them for their whole lives.'"

Anna was faced with another tragedy in September 2006 when Daniel died. The young man passed away from a drug overdose while visiting his mother and three-day-old half-sister Dannielynn. It was a terrible experience, especially for Anna.

DETAILS OF ANNA'S HOME SHE SHARED WITH MARSHALL 

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Anna and Marshall spent their time as a couple living together in a lavish Cypress home. Sadly, after the billionaire died, the actress filed for bankruptcy in 1996 the house was vandalized. Anna was forced to move out, and she eventually sold it in 1998. 

The estate, which sits on ten acres of land, boasts a basketball court, putting green, a stable, a separate guest house, and indoor/outdoor kitchens. 

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The 1988 built home also has six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, and a game room. In 2017, the couple who bought the house from Anna originally listed it at a whopping $2.84 million. But as time progressed, the price dropped by 14 percent.

Seven years after Anna sold the Cypress estate, she purchased her studio city, California, home for $1.335 million. The property, where she filmed her show "The Anna Nicole Show," measures 4,700 square feet. 

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The Mediterranean-style home also has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a long swimming pool, weight room, bespoke gym, hardwood floors, 20-foot ceilings, giant floor-to-ceiling windows, and a fireplace.

Unfortunately, Anna only enjoyed the house for two years before her demise. After she died, Birkhead moved in with Dannielynn, but in 2011, Howard Stern, the executor of Anna's will, gained the court's permission to transfer the home under his name.

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After he did, Stern immediately put the house up for sale at $1.75 million. The proceeds from the sale of the property were given to Dannielynn.

INSIDE ANNA'S DEATH 

Anna Nicole Smith and son Danny during Anna Nicole Smith's Special Appearance For Guess? Sportwear at Bullock's Store on February 20, 1993 at Beverly Center in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

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The world was left in shock following the demise of Anna on February 8, 2007. The Playboy model was found dead in her suite at Seminole Hard Rock Café Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. 

According to the police report, a nurse traveling with the icon found Anna alone and unconscious at 1:38 p.m. and called the hotel operator.

A few minutes later, paramedics arrived and tried to resuscitate the actress, but all efforts proved abortive. Anna was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital at 2:49 p.m.

Although an autopsy was to be carried out later, Anna's lawyer, Ronald Rale, relayed that the TV icon complained of flu-like symptoms earlier in the week.

Anna Nicole Smith with son Daniel during "Naked Gun 33 1/3" Premiere in Los Angeles | Source: Getty Images

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In addition, she was rundown from her difficult moments, including the unfortunate death of her son. It would later be revealed that Anna died from an accidental drug overdose of nine prescription medications. 

A few years after Anna's demise, Larry Birkhead shared some of the star's thoughts from her private diary. During an interview with Entertainment Online's Kevin Frazier, the photographer revealed that Anna wished to have a baby girl.

As written in the diary: "I want more children, and I want a girl I can dress up…, and I don't think I'll ever get married cuz men are pigs." Thankfully, Anna's desire came to pass as she welcomed Dannielynn on September 7, 2006.

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ANNA'S RELATIONSHIP WITH BIRKHEAD 

Dannielynn Smith (Anna Nicole Smith's daughter) and Larry Birkhead arrive at the Launch celebration party for The Simpson's Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 17, 2008 in Universal City, California | Source: Getty Images

Anna and Birkhead's relationship was a sweet yet tumultuous one. While the couple decided to keep things on the low, inwardly, it was a very volatile setting. Their relationship was unpredictable as they often argued and disagreed on several issues.

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The nature of their romance frustrated Birkhead, who often packed his things to leave. He was tired of the constant arguments stirred by Smith's controlling behaviors. However, he endured it until she left him and ended the relationship.

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Initially, Birkhead had planned to quit the love affair, but Smith revealed news of her pregnancy, adding that it would be ridiculous to separate. Sadly, the pair's relationship still ended before Dannielynn was born.

 

THE COURT BATTLE 

Dannielynn Birkhead and Larry Birkhead at the 145th Kentucky Derby on May 04, 2019, in Louisville | Source: Getty Images

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Representatives of three-year-old Dannielynn were locked in a legal fight with Marshall's family, who claim that the Texan tycoon was senile when, aged 89, he married Anna.

Anna herself went to court after Marshall's death in 1995, claiming he promised to leave her a large sum, even though his will did not mention her.

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After she died, her lawyers argued that the money should go to Dannielynn. But a federal court ruled that Marshall intended to leave his entire fortune to Pierce, his son, by an earlier marriage.

Pierce died in 2006, and Dannielynn's lawyers tried to win sanctions from the Marshall family over tactics the late heir and his lawyers employed in the battle over Marshall's fortune.

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Unfortunately, without enough evidence of damages for the presiding judge, David O Carter, to award the sanctions, he dismissed the lawyer's attempt. He ended Dannielynn's last chance at collecting millions of dollars.

Irrespective of the decision, Dannielynn is still doing well and is properly cared for by her photographer dad. 

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