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The Marriages of Anna Nicole Smith

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Anna Nicole Smith did not have successful marriage relationships. Her first marriage when she was a teen and her second marriage to an elderly tycoon both ended quickly.

Here is information about the marriages of Anna Nicole Smith.

News Updates:

2/8/07: Anna Nicole Smith died in Florida. She was 39 years old.

9/29/06: In an unofficial marriage commitment ceremony held on 9/28/06 in the Bahamas, Anna Nicole Smith and Howard K. Stern pledged to "be there for one another, to be each other's strength during this difficult time."
Source: People.com

Born:
Anna Nicole Smith aka Vickie Lynn Hogan: November 28, 1967 in Houston, Texas. Some resources list Mexia, Texas as her birthplace, but she is listed in the official Harris County records as being born in Harris County. Mexia is in Limestone County.
Source: Ancestry.com

On legal documents she used the name Vickie Lynn Marshall.

Billy Wayne Smith: 1968.

J. Howard Marshall II: January 24, 1905.

Died:

Anna: February 8, 2007 at age 39. Anna Nicole Smith was found unconscious in her room at the Seminole Hard Rock Cafe Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. She was rushed to a hospital but never regained consciousness.

Marriages and Relationships:

Anna Nicole Smith had two marriages and one mock wedding/marriage. Pictures of Anna Nicole with Billy Smith, J. Howard Marshall, and Howard K. Stern are included in a photo gallery at People.com.

  • Billy Smith: Billy Smith and Anna Nicole met when they were both working at Jim's Krispy Fried Chicken in Mexia, Texas. They married on April 4, 1985 in Limestone County, Texas when Anna was 17 years old and Billy was 16.

    Anna Nicole and Billy had one son.

    Billy and Anna separated in 1987. Researching the Texas Divorce Index, it appears that Billy and Anna may have divorced on February 3, 1993.

  • J. Howard Marshall II: Anna Nicole Smith and J. Howard Marshall II met in Houston in 1991 when she was a topless dancer. He and Anna married on June 27, 1994 at the White Dove Wedding Chapel in Houston when she was 26 and he was 89.

    Their marriage was his third marriage and Anna's second marriage.

    Although it is reported that Anna Nicole and Marshall never lived together, their marriage lasted until he died on August 4, 1995 in Harris County, Texas.

    Anna Nicole Smith had been in a dispute since November 1999 with her former step-son, E. Pierce Marshall over her deceased husband Marshall's estate.

    Pierce died at the age of 67 in June, 2006. The Marshall family is still fighting Anna's claims to the estate.

      J. Howard Marshall II had two previous marriages:
    • Eleanor M. Pierce: Married from 1931 to 1960. They had two children, J. Howard Marshall III and E. Pierce Marshall. Their marriage ended in divorce.

    • Bettye Bohannon: Married in 1961. The marriage ended in 1991 when Bettye died.

  • Howard K. Stern: On 9/28/06, off the island of Sandy Kay in the Bahamas, on a 42-ft. catamaran named Margaritaville, Anna Nicole and Howard had an unofficial marriage commitment ceremony officiated by a Baptist minister.

    Anna Nicole wore a white dress and carried a bouquet of red roses. Howard wore a black dress suit.

Their guests at the wedding, including John James, enjoyed champagne, apple cider, and Kentucky Fried Chicken after the ceremony.

Pictures of the Mock Wedding

Children:

Anna Nicole Smith had two children:

  • Son, Daniel Wayne Smith: Born on January 22, 1986 in Limestone County, Texas. His father is Billy Smith. Daniel appeared in two of his mother's movies and on her reality TV show.

    Daniel died on September 10, 2006 at Doctors Hospital in Nassau in the Bahamas. Daniel had arrived at the hospital on September 9, 2006 to visit his mother and new step-sister. He spent the night sleeping in a chair in Anna Nicole's room. A mixture of methadone and two antidepressants was said to be the cause of his accidental death.

  • Daughter, Dannielynn Hope: Born September 7, 2006 at Doctors Hospital in Nassau in the Bahamas. Howard K. Stern, Anna Nicole Smith's attorney, said he is the father of Dannielynn Hope.

Occupations:

Anna Nicole Smith: Actress, writer, director, dancer, producer, model, Miss Republic of Cuervo Gold, former Playmate of the Year (1993).

Billy Smith: Cook.

J. Howard Marshall II: Texas oil tycoon and billionaire.

Quotes:

Anna Nicole about Howard Stern: "I wanted more than a lawyer relationship, and then started kind of flirting with him and we kind of got it on. I just kind of attacked him and that was it. I kissed him first. He was the shy one."
Source: People.com

Attorney Michael Scott about why Anna Nicole and Howard had a mock wedding/marriage: "They needed a little adrenaline boost because things have been so hectic and devastating in their life recently."
Source: People.com

Anna Nicole Smith about her marriage to Howard: "Nobody has ever respected me or done things for me. So when Howard came along, it was a blessing."
Source: USAtoday.com from In Touch interview.

Anna Nicole Smith: "Marrying into money was not a good thing for me."
Source: Witty Words from Wise Women: Quips, Quotes, and Comebacks, page 53.
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