The Strange, Wild, and Tragically Short Life of Anna Nicole Smith

To put it simply, Birkhead wants to keep the best part of Anna Nicole’s legacy intact for their daughter and protect Dannielynn as much as humanly possible, not just from a fate resembling her mother’s, but from the pitfalls the wrong kind of media exposure. .

Smith’s pop culture legacy, meanwhile, was obviously more than that of a striking actress-model-reality TV star who died too young. Its story had so many twists stranger than fiction that it proved ripe for telling, whether via TV movies like 2007’s. Anna Nicole Smith’s Story featuring Willa Ford or 2013 Anna-Nicole for life ; the 2011 opera Anna-Nicole; or the 2012 documentary Addicted to famewith disturbing images compiled during the filming of illegal aliens.

But for the better part of a decade, there was an audience who had no idea what to do with Smith when she was alive, who just sat and watched her decline, not knowing exactly what to do with Smith. they were watching, and probably thinking that nothing really bad would happen in the end. Still, Anna Nicole Smith’s story didn’t have a happy ending. Instead, it remains a careful reminder that there’s always a real person on the other side of that lens.

“The thing with Anna was…it was almost like a split personality,” Birkhead said. “Because when the camera was rolling, she was a whole other thing…it was more, to me, an act than it was the real person, who she was.”

(Originally published Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 5:00 a.m. PT.)


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