The Life Of Anna
Anna Nicole Smith, the buxom blonde who loved the spotlight, captured the world's attention when over the course of six months, she had a baby, lost a son and then lost her own life.
Here is a look back at some key dates in the life of the former Playboy pinup and reality TV star.
Born Vickie Lynn Hogan in Houston.
Quits high school, works as a waitress, cook.
Marries 16-year-old Billy Wayne Smith, another fry cook at Jim's Krispy Fried Chicken, the restaurant where she worked; they have a son, Daniel Smith VIII.
Leaves her husband, taking her son and returns to Houston. For the next several years, she supports herself and Daniel by working at a Wal-Mart and a restaurant, and dancing topless at strip clubs.
Meets Texas oil billionaire J. Howard Marshall II while dancing at a Houston club.
February: Files for divorce from Billy Smith.
March: Debuts on the cover of Playboy.
May: Featured in Playboy as the centerfold.
November: Signs a three-year contract to be the new model for Guess jeans, and coins her new name, "Anna Nicole."
Appears again in Playboy and is later named Playmate of the Year.
Feb. 12, 1994
Is hospitalized for three days after mixing prescription drugs and alcohol, then collapsing at a Beverly Hills hotel.
June 27, 1994
Marries oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II. She is 26; he is 89.
Marshall falls seriously ill, and his son E. Pierce Marshall moves to be appointed his father's legal guardian. A legal fight between Smith and Pierce ensues when he cuts off her spousal support of $50,000 a month.