So maybe that Trim-Spa Diet isn't so hot after all. "Today, Anna Nicole Smith’s grief stricken and tumultuous personal life came to an end. Anna came to our Company as a customer, but she departs it as a friend." This one's going to be as tough a sell as the old Ayds weight reducing candy: "Ayds helps you lose weight" or "Why take diet pills when you can enjoy Ayds?" or even "Thank Goodness For Ayds!"
Anna Nicole Smith has become the punch line for her own life. With each tragic misstep, she became less of a person and more an inflatable version of celebrity - albeit a slimmer inflatable version of celebrity of late. She started out as a topless dancer at strip club before she entered her photos in a search contest and made the cover of Playboy magazine in 1992. She became Playboy's playmate of the year in 1993. She was also signed to a contract with Guess jeans, appearing in TV commercials, billboards and magazine ads. In 1994, she married 89-year-old oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II, owner of Great Northern Oil Company. In 1995, her life switched gears as she became the embattled widow, with a potential inheritance of five hundred million dollars. Now that both Marshall's stepson and Anna are dead, the litigation over the fortune will probably continue - just as the questions about Smith's son, who died September tenth in his mother's hospital room in the Bahamas, just days after she gave birth to a daughter.
An American medical examiner hired by the family, Cyril Wecht, said he died accidentally of a combination of methadone and two antidepressants. Last month, a Bahamas magistrate scheduled a formal inquiry into the death for March 27.
Meanwhile, the paternity of Smith's now 5-month-old daughter remained a matter of dispute. The birth certificate lists Dannielynn's father as attorney Howard K. Stern, Smith's most recent companion. Smith's ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead was waging a legal challenge, saying he was the father. And what will happen to DAnnielynn? The soap opera has only just begun, and I suspect that Anna Nicole wouldn't have it any other way.