Anna Nicole Smith: A Who's Who




Anna Nicole Smith | Howard K. Stern | Daniel Smith |
Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern | Virgie Arthur | Larry Birkhead |
J. Howard Marshall II | Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt | Alexander Denk |
Mark Hatten | Judge Larry Seidlin | Richard Milstein | G. Ben Thompson |
Shane Gibson

















J. Howard Marshall II

Anna Nicole's Late Husband

In 1994, at the age of 89, the Texas oil tycoon married Anna Nicole who, at 26, was 63 years his junior. Their marriage lasted 14 months until his death. Smith had been fighting his family over Marshall's estimated $500 million fortune since his death in 1995. The case eventually wound its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

According to a story published in the New York Daily News, Donna Hogan, Smith's younger sister, had said that Anna Nicole froze Marshall's sperm prior to his death. The newspaper says Hogan wrote in an unpublished manuscript about her sister that Anna Nicole had hinted that she used Marshall's sperm and would be giving birth to Marshall's child. The publisher of Hogan's book described the newspaper's claims as a hoax. DNA testing later revealed that Anna Nicole's former boyfriend, Larry Birkhead, was the child's biological father.





Alexander Denk

Actor/Bodyguard

An actor and personal bodyguard of Anna Nicole Smith until her death, Denk had said that he could be the father of Anna Nicole's baby. DNA testing later revealed that Anna Nicole's former boyfriend, Larry Birkhead, was the child's biological father.



Mark Hatten

Sperm Donor

Hatten had come forward to claim paternity of Smith's surviving child, Dannielynn. Hatten is currently serving time in prison after being convicted on a stalking charge against Anna Nicole based on Howard K. Stern's testimony. Hatten lived with Anna Nicole for two years. He purportedly gave Smith a sperm sample to be frozen, and he believed she may have used that sample to become impregnated.

DNA testing later revealed that Anna Nicole's former boyfriend, Larry Birkhead, was the child's biological father.





Judge Larry Seidlin

Florida Circuit Court Judge

The animated judge and former New York cab driver who decided who will take possession of Anna Nicole Smith's body for burial.

Seidlin took a surprise middle course by giving custody to attorney Richard Milstein, the guardian for Smith's 5-month-old daughter, Dannielynn.

The judge choked up frequently and wept as he explained his decision. "I want her to be buried with her son in the Bahamas. I want them to be together."

Milstein later announced that Anna Nicole would be buried in the Bahamas, alongside her dead son Daniel.


On June 19, 2007, Seidlin announced hsi resignation, effective July 31.
He has not announced future plans, though rumors have swirled for months that he was considering a deal for a television court show.
(Photo: AP)





Richard Milstein

Dannielynn's Court-Appointed Guardian

Circuit Judge Larry Seidlin, taking the middle ground, granted custody of Anna Nicole's body to Milstein, who represents Smith's 5-month-old daughter.

Not long after the judge gave him control of Smith's final resting place, Milstein announced that Anna Nicole would be buried in the Bahamas, alongside her dead son, Daniel.

Milstein works for the Miami office of the Akerman Senterfitt law firm. He has 30 years of experience and specializes in guardianship, probate and mediation, according to the firm's Web site. (Photo: AP)



G. Ben Thompson

Briefly Dated Anna Nicole

Thompson, a South Carolina developer who briefly dated Smith, says he advanced her money for the $900,000 waterfront mansion, known as "Horizons," but she did not honor an agreement to pay the mortgage. She had claimed the house was a gift.





Shane Gibson

Former Bahamas Immigration Minister

Gibson resigned his post in a flap over his relationship with Anna Nicole Smith after photos appeared in a Bahamas newspaper showing Gibson in bed with the former Playboy Playmate and embracing her. Both were fully clothed, but the pictures stoked a controversy because Gibson had fast-tracked Smith's application for permanent residency on the island chain.

Gibson denied any wrongdoing and said he did not have a sexual relationship with Smith. During a special broadcast on the national television station Gibson said that although he was stepping down, he was not admitting to any of the allegations against him, calling them "vicious and wicked lies."

"I unconditionally deny that I ever abused my ministerial office by granting Anna Nicole Smith any permit of which she was undeserving or for which she was not qualified under the laws of the Bahamas," he said.

(Photo: AP)