Did Anna Nicole Smith Win Her Lawsuit Regarding Husbands Money?

By Priyadarshi Nepal | May 24, 2023 10:57 AM

Anna Nicole Smith with her oil tycoon businessman husband James Howard Marshall II circa 1994
Anna Nicole Smith with her oil tycoon businessman husband James Howard Marshall II circa 1994( Source : twitter )

Anna Nicole Smith did not win her lawsuit regarding her husband J Howard Marshall money. Anna was awarded nearly 450 million but was later reverted.

Smith is best known as the former Playboy Playmate of the Month and model. She is trending because of her recent documentary on Netflix.

She also gained fame after she married oil business tycoon J. Howard Marshall II. The wedding attracted interest from the media because Marshall was 89 years old and Anna was just 26 years old.

James Howard Marshall II had a net worth of around $2 billion at the time of his death, according to Yahoo.

He left his wife Anna, whose legal name is Vickie Lynn Hogan, out of his will, barring her from getting any pieces of his vast estate giving birth to one of the lengthiest inheritance battles in the United States of America.

Pierce Marshall, the youngest son of the oil tycoon, vowed to keep his elder sibling J. Howard Marshall III and Anna are away from the estate fueling the other side of the legal battle.

Although Pierce and Anna both passed away before reaching a final decision, their estate fought the battle for years on their behalf.

Did Anna Nicole Smith Get Any Money From Her Husband?

Anna Nicole did not inherit any money from her husband J Howard Marshall II. Anna spent over $100,000 of his money monthly when Marshall II was still alive.

The former Playboy model met her second husband Marshall II at a strip club where she regularly performed. The oil tycoon asked her out for lunch after meeting for few times at the strip club and handed her $1000 on their first date, reports Yahoo.

Anna was quick to quit her job and start dating the businessman who was 63 years senior to her and worth nearly $2 billion at the time. Anna's stepson Pierce claimed she would regularly receive over $100,000 in a month just for her pleasure spending. 

Furthermore, the model once racked up a $2 million bill on J Howard Marshall II's Platinum American Express in a single shopping trip in March 1993, a year before their marriage. She bought loads of diamond jewelry on the spree.

Although Anna was allegedly promised a piece of Marshall II's estate verbally before tying the knot with the then 89-year-old businessman. She never made it into his official will.

Anna fought for the piece of her late second husband Marshall II's estate for over a decade, and the legal battle continued even after the model's death. However, she or her estate never inherited anything.

Netflix series titled Anna Nicole Smith: You Don’t Know Me uncovers the lawsuit and the tangled financial life of the model.

What Happened To J Howard Marshall Money?

J Howard Marshall's money and estate were inherited by his youngest son E. Pierce Marshall. They are controlled by his children and wife through a trust.

While Anna was initially awarded $474 million in a 2006 by Los Angeles bankruptcy judge, the ruling was later reverted by Texas probate court Judge Mike Wood.

Judge Mike Wood ruled she was not entitled to anything, instead, he ordered Smith to pay $1 million to E. Pierce Marshall for the legal expenses incurred during the appeal of the previous ruling.

Although Smith's estate and Pierce's estate continued fighting the legal battle for years after both Anna and Pierce passed away, Anna's estate never got any payments or pieces of her late husband Marshall II's estate, as allegedly verbally promised before their wedding in 1994.

Who Got Anna Nicole Smith Money?

Dannielynn Birkhead got all of Anna Nicole Smith money. Anna never inherited any piece of estate left by her late husband Marshall II.

Anna had made a decent fortune by herself with her former career as a model and actress. She had also sorted things out for her children and paved the way for all her children to inherit equal wealth in her 2001 will.

Although she only had one son, Daniel, who unfortunately passed away before Anna, at the time of writing the will. She had directed her attorney to divide the estate equally among her kids if she had more in the future.

Anna Nicole Smith and her son Daniel attend G-Phoria awards in 2004.
Anna Nicole Smith and her son Daniel attend G-Phoria awards in 2004.( Source : co )

Did Dannielynn Birkhead Inherit Money From Her Mother?

Dannielynn Birkhead inherited all of her mother's money and estate at just 18 months old. Dannielynn was the sole heir to Anna's estate.

The former Playboy Playmate of the Month Anna Nicole Smith was worth $1 million at the time of her death, according to Distractify. Anna had made a will in 2001 that her estate was to be divided equally among all of her children if she had more in the future, she only had her son Daniel at the time of writing the will.

Her entire estate was in her firstborn Daniel's name. Unfortunately, Daniel passed away aged 20 just three days after Anna welcomed her daughter Dannielynn. He was visiting Anna and Dannielynn at the hospital when he collapsed and passed away. His death was ruled drug overdoes.

Anna passed away five months later from a drug overdose as well. After her death, the estate which was in the name of Daniel was transferred to Dannielynn when she was 18 months old. Dannielynn Birkhead inherited a nearly $1 million estate from her mother Anna.

Dannielynn Birkhead

Dannielynn Birkhead is the daughter of former model Anna Nicole Smith and her partner Larry Birkhead.

Dannielynn was born to Tabloid News and legal battles as multiple men including Larry, attorney Howard K. Stern, Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, and Anna's former bodyguard Alexander Denk claimed to have affair with Anna and were potentially the father of the child.

Anna Nicole Smith Daughter Dannielynn Birkhead looks almost identical to the former model in a white dress and curly hair.
Anna Nicole Smith Daughter Dannielynn Birkhead looks almost identical to the former model in a white dress and curly hair.( Source : twitter )

However, attorney Howard K. Stern was already listed as the father of Dannielynn Birkhead in her birth certificate issued in The Bahamas. As multiple men claimed to be the potential father of the child, a DNA test was ordered by the court which proved Larry to be the girl's father.

Larry subsequently amended the birth certificate, obtained a passport for Dannielynn, and brought her back to the United States of America.

Dannielynn was born on September 7, 2006, in New Providence, The Bahamas. Anna Nicole's only living child Dannielynn is 16 years old as of May 2023. Her father raised her in Louisville, Kentucky, where he met her mother for the first time.

Larry met Anna during the Kentucky Derby in 2003 and he religiously takes Dannielynn to the Kentucky Derby every year. Dannielynn is a spitting image of her mother and looks exactly the same.

She is also following in her mother's footsteps and has already started modeling. However, her father Larry is vigilant to give her a normal life and the father-daughter duo is one of the spotlights of the Kentucky Derby every year.

What Does Larry Birkhead Do For A Living?

Larry Birkhead is an entertainment photographer. Brinkhead also works as a real estate agent in Louisville, Kentucky area.

Birkhead lives a much quieter life than his former partner Anna did and he is also determined to shield their daughter Dannielynn from the overwhelming media attention.

According to Entertainment Tonight, Larry said he did not want to take part in the Netflix documentary Anna Nicole Smith: You Don't Know Me about Anna Smith because he did not want their daughter to face critics and work with people who were inventing stories and rewriting history through the documentary.

Larry Birkhead attends Kentucky Derby with daughter Dannielynn in a matching pink outfit.
Larry Birkhead attends Kentucky Derby with daughter Dannielynn in a matching pink outfit.( Source : twitter )

Larry further added, that he would love to work on a project that will justify Anna and include her real-life story from her own perspective and from the people who truly knew her. He also hoped the day will come very soon.

The 50-year-old photographer turned real estate agent was born on January 22, 1973, in Louisville, Kentucky. He also has tried his hands on acting and has 3 acting credits on his IMDb profile, he made his debut in 2001 and has an upcoming project Rainbow set to release later this year.

Larry is found on Instagram with his username @larryanddannielynn where he boasts 128k followers and has shared one post.

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