Having had a difficult childhood without a father, Anna Nicole Smith was determined to be everything her only son needed and gave him everything for a chance at a better life.
Born Vickie Lynn Hogan, Smith was out of school and working as a teenager but had dreams of becoming the next Marilyn Monroe. She also knew her dreams were too big for the small town where she lived.
She pursued her dreams, rose to fame, and became a model for some big brands and Playboy Magazine, an actress in a couple of movies, and a reality star on “The Anna Nicole Show.”
Anna Nicole Smith and her son Daniel when he was a child [left], Anna Nicole Smith and son Daniel at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles for “G-Phoria – The Award Show 4 Gamers” [right] | Photo: Getty Images
THE ROAD FROM A TUMULTUOUS CHILDHOOD TO A STRIVING STARLET
As a child, Smith didn’t have an easy life. Smith’s father left when she was a baby, and by 15, she dropped out of high school and worked at a local fried chicken restaurant in Mexia, Texas.
At 17, she was married and had a son. Even though the marriage didn’t work out, Smith knew the small-town life was not for her, and so she dreamed big.
Anna Nicole Smith in a Hollywood apartment on January 31, 1998 | Photo: Getty Images
Her marriage ended and left her broke with a son, whom she had to look after. She became a stripper at a gentleman’s club in Houston to make ends meet. At 25, she got her big break when she became a Playboy magazine centerfold.
Smith was later named “Playmate of the Year” in 1993. Shortly after, she became the face of Guess Jeans ad campaign, and her newly found fame got her small film roles in “Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult” and “The Hudsucker Proxy.”
Anna Nicole Smith Kicks Off The Re-launch of The National Enquirer in New York City | Photo: Getty Images
ANNA NICOLE SMITH’S ROMANTIC AFFAIRS
In her short life, Smith had a string of men. When she worked at the fried chicken restaurant as a teenager, she met Billy Wayne Smith, and they married in 1985.
After her first marriage left her broke, she met J. Howard Marshall, a Texas billionaire oil tycoon in his 80s, while she was working as a…