The first introduction of my new acquaintance was unexpected. It was also one that would last for years to come. One glance at the television put me in the life of a woman who would later become very famous. Her name was Anna Nicole Smith, a blonde-haired lady from Houston, Texas. When we met, she was in the middle of a nasty legal battle over her late husband’s estate. It was not until the court battle when I found out that Anna Nicole Smith was a Playboy model. I never paid much attention to her occupation before, as I was a mere grade school student.
However, when I met Anna Nicole Smith, it seemed that Playboy was the only good thing going on in her life. She had modeled for the popular men’s magazine and other entities including the Guess jeans clothing company. She even stated that she wanted to be the next Marilyn Monroe. Despite her budding modeling career, Anna Nicole Smith became very popular among media journalists during her court battle with her late husband’s son.
Our media relationship had begun. During the following years, I watched as Anna Nicole Smith had become a film and television actress. She appeared in several movies including Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult and Be Cool, starring John Travolta and Uma Thurman. Anna Nicole Smith also hosted her own reality television show, “The Anna Nicole Show” on the E! cable television network. The show was the highest rated series on the network among its debut.
By this time, I had come to know Anna Nicole Smith as a joyful woman who was constantly surrounded by gossip and scandals. However, I also knew her as a popular woman who used her celebrity to benefit her both professionally and financially. Anna Nicole Smith had become a household name. She was known as widely as Paris Hilton, Janet Jackson and other famous celebrities. This woman was constantly in my life. I learned new things about her by turning on the television and from magazines at the local grocery store.
Anna Nicole Smith was everywhere. I did not have to try hard to keep in touch with her. She was more accessible than other people that I knew. That caused me to know more about her than I probably should have. I knew when her 90 year-old husband died, how much his estate was worth and what he did for a living. I also knew the name of his son and where she met her late husband.
There may be a lot of things about Anna Nicole Smith that should have been kept private. Instead, I had become someone who knew so much about this famous woman. I stood with her and was updated on her weight issues. One day, Anna Nicole Smith had lost around 80 pounds after becoming a spokeswoman for TrimSpa, a company that sells weight loss supplements. She seemed to be happy with her life.
This happiness was elevated and confirmed when Anna Nicole Smith announced that she was pregnant in 2006. She gave birth to her daughter, Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern while in the Bahamas. I did not give much attention to her pregnancy or the birth of her new child. For some reason, I did not see Anna Nicole Smith as much as I used to. That makes me curious to figure out if I should have paid more attention. Her joy and happiness soon changed.
Anna Nicole Smith’s son, Daniel Smith died two days after her daughter was born. He was 20 years old. The news of Daniel Smith’s death was plastered all over the nation. It was on almost every television station, radio and media publications. Anna Nicole Smith and I were not that close. However, I felt bad for her in many ways.
She was starting to welcome a new baby into her life and now she had to figure out how her son died. If this was not bad enough, her private life was being broadcasted and printed for the world to see. This prevented Anna Nicole Smith from having time to grieve on her own. One woman’s personal business had become the affair of millions.
I hoped that she would be able to get through the agony of her son’s death. Anna Nicole Smith deserved to be at peace and focus on starting a life with her new daughter and husband, Howard K. Stern. Once again, I stopped paying attention to her. This was due to the fact that she had her own life to live and I had mine. We did not combine the two.
In early February, I was shocked to find disturbing news while visiting a popular search engine. Anna Nicole Smith was found dead at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Flordia. The news was unbelievable. In the days following the news of her death, I could not help but believe that Anna Nicole Smith’s death involved foul play. I just did not know who or what was involved in her death.
The aftermath of her death is more absurd than the initial passing. There are T-Shirts for sale online and media reports on her private life all over the country. People are capitalizing on the popularity of her death. They are making money off of Anna Nicole Smith. Those around her are suing each other to control her assets. As I turn on the television, I see reports of paternity battles over her daughter.
These actions depict a society of people who do not care about human life. Anna Nicole Smith was a person. Her personal business was made public when she was alive and is still made public after her death. Numerous memorials are not going to do her any justice if people are peeling her apart in every way possible. This is a sad case that happens to many people who pass away. Instead of putting a loved one to rest, family, friends and strangers fight to gain some sort of benefit from the dying person.
Anna Nicole Smith is dead. She should be able to rest in peace. Her daughter is the only one that deserves to receive any of her possessions. The sad thing is that her daughter has started to be treated like a possession. It proves that no one really cares about Anna Nicole Smith.
However, everyone wants to capitalize off of her name and likeness for their own personal gain. If that is not bad enough, the public watches in amusement and provokes some of these despicable actions. While I did not know her personally, Anna Nicole Smith has been constantly placed in my life by way of the media. Television programs and media publications can be a great resource. However, they can also damage the life of a person who becomes their main attraction.
In that case, I have come to know many good and bad things about a deceased woman by the name of Anna Nicole Smith. I have not met Marilyn Monroe. Therefore I am not aware of whether or not Anna Nicole Smith has followed in her footsteps. However, I do know that she has become an odd legend in her own right.
A scandal made Anna Nicole Smith famous and many scandals follow her in death. Those who claim to love her and are related to her make that possible. Unfortunately, scandals will be what she is remembered by. It is almost certain that this is not something that she desired.