With the news that Anna Nicole Smith’s estate, via her daughter Dannielynn, will be eligible for over $49 million, you might want to tune in to the story of her life called “Anna Nicole”, the movie about her rise and fall.
Lifetime movies are making Anna Nicole, an original movie, which will chronicle the life and death of Anna Nicole Smith. The film will premiere June 29.
Actress Agnes Bruckner has been cast as Smith in Lifetime’s new biopic. The legendary Martin Landau will star as the aging milionaire J Howard Marshall. The film follows the swift rise of Vickie Lynn Hogan (Bruckner), a Texas high school dropout who goes from working as a bar dancer to marrying octogenarian millionaire J. Howard Marshall (Landau) and posing for Playboy. After her husband’s death, Anna’s financial support ends and her hard-partying ways take their toll. She winds up launching a reality show and giving birth to a daughter before she dies in Hollywood, Fla., from a combination of pills.
If you look at the Anna Nicole Smith story closely, you can see a lot of pain resulting from a young girl who got famous and rich very fast by first marrying into it and then by hustling her body for the glossy pages of a men’s magazine. Smith paid for that fame by becoming a monumentally screwed up and overweight sex goddess who believed her own lies.
While no one can blame the woman too much for trying to be successful, it is bound to be a hard movie to watch for one of two reasons. One, it may be so glossed over in order to make it more palatable for TV audiences or two, it may tell the truth too well. Either experience could be painful to those in the know, or those who don’t want to know.
Bruckner, who has had roles in The Craigslist Killer and Private Practice, will star in the biopic with Martin Landau, Virginia Madsen, Adam Goldberg and Cary Elwes. Exec producers are Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
Anna Nicole Smith can be seen, in a way, as a pioneer of reality fiction. She lived her life as if she were on a reality television show, before they were invented. Before her death of a drugs overdose in a hotel room the Playboy model and actress had been discovering the joys of working in reality TV starting with her own show in 2003.
But Smith was also in and out of court for years, fighting to get her “share” of Marshall’s money after he died. For over ten years Smith’s legal team fought her corner. TMZ has reported that on Thurday a judge ruled that Anna’s daughter Dannielynn, 6, is entitled to sanctions against Marshall’s family and the sanctions could run as high as $49 million.
The Supreme Court had ruled years ago that Anna’s estate was NOT entitled to any of J. Howard Marshall’s fortune. A fortune that was estimated between $500 million and $1 billion, but yesterday, a California judge said Anna’s 6-year-old daughter Dannielynn is entitled to sanctions against Marshall’s family.
No amounts have been mentioned yet, but you can bet it will be enough that Dannielynn can live on “mappy meals” for the rest of her life it she chooses to.
The judge awarded the sanctions based on allegations that attorneys for Marshall’s estate used unsavory tactics throughout litigation … such as concealing crucial legal docs from Anna’s estate lawyers.
If you want to see how Anna Nicol Smith married the 89 year old millionaire when she was only 26 and how, a year later, he died, watch the movie on the 29th of June. But be warned, it is probably not going to be very pretty.
By Michael Smith