Anna Nicole Smith was born Vickie Lynn Hogan on November 28, 1967 in Houston, Texas. She was the only child of Donald Eugene Hogan (born July 12, 1947) and Virgie Mae Tabers (born July 12, 1951), who married on February 22, 1967, although she had several half-siblings. Her father then left the family; he and Tabers divorced on November 4, 1969. Vickie Hogan was raised by her mother and maternal aunt, Elaine Tabers. Virgie Tabers subsequently married Donald R. Hart (1971), Joe D. Thompson (1987), James T. Sanders (1996) and James H. Arthur (2000). After Tabers married Donald R. Hart, Vickie Hogan changed her name to Nikki Hart. Vickie's younger half-sisters are Donna Hogan and Amy Hogan. Her older half-brother is David L. Tacker, Jr., and her younger half-brothers are Donald R. Hart, Jr., and Donald R. Hogan.
Vickie was a student at Durkee Elementary School and Aldine Intermediate School in Houston. She moved from Houston to live with her aunt Kay Beall, Virgie's younger sister, in Mexia, Texas when in the ninth grade. At Mexia High School she failed her freshman year, and dropped out of her sophomore, never progressing past an eighth grade education. While working as a waitress at Jim's Krispy Fried Chicken in Mexia, she met Billy Wayne Smith, who was a cook at the restaurant. The couple married April 4, 1985; she was 17 and he was 16. The next year, she gave birth to their son, Daniel Wayne Smith. She and Billy separated in 1987 and she moved to Houston with one-year-old Daniel. Initially, she found employment at Wal-Mart and later as a waitress at Red Lobster. She became an exotic dancer at a nightclub in Houston.
Playboy and modeling career
Anna Nicole Smith Playboy centerfold
appearance May 1992
Birthplace Houston, Texas
Birthdate November 28, 1967
Date of death February 8, 2007
Measurements 38"DD - 26" - 38"
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
Weight 140 lb (64 kg)
Preceded by Cady Cantrell
Succeeded by Angela Melini
Playmate of the Year
(PMOY) for 1993
PMOY preceded by Corinna Harney
PMOY succeeded by Jenny McCarthy
Smith's career took off after she entered her photos in a search contest. She was chosen by Hugh Hefner to appear on the cover of the March 1992 issue of Playboy wearing a low-cut evening gown. Smith said she planned to be "the next Marilyn Monroe". Becoming one of Playboy's most popular models, Smith began a trend for a more voluptuous look although her breasts were surgically enhanced. Smith was chosen to be the 1993 Playmate of the Year. By the time of her PMOY pictorial, she had settled on the name Anna Nicole Smith.
The cover for the June 1993 issue of Playboy
The cover for the June 1993 issue of Playboy
Smith secured a contract to replace supermodel Claudia Schiffer in the Guess jeans ad campaign in a series of sultry black and white photographs. Guess capitalized on Smith's strong resemblance to sex symbol Jayne Mansfield and put her in Jayne-inspired photo sessions. In 1993, before Christmas, she modelled for the Swedish clothing company Hennes & Mauritz H&M. She was dressed in underwear and arranged in seductive poses. She appeared on big posters in Sweden and Norway. The fact was widely discussed in media and more.
A photograph of Anna was used by New York magazine on the cover of its August 22, 1994 issue titled White Trash Nation. In the photo, she appears squatting in a short skirt and cowboy boots as she eats chips. In October 1994, Smith's lawyer initiated a $5,000,000 lawsuit against the magazine claiming unauthorized use of her photo and that the article had damaged her reputation. Her lawyer said that Smith was told she was being photographed to embody the "All-American-woman look" and that they wanted glamour shots. He further stated that the picture used was taken for fun during a break.
Marriage to Marshall
Vickie Lynn Marshall (November 28, 1967 Ã¯Â¿Â½ February 8, 2007), better known under the stage name of Anna Nicole Smith, was an American model, actress and celebrity. Her highly publicized marriage to oil business executive and billionaire J. Howard Marshall, 63 years her senior, resulted in speculation that she married the octogenarian for his money, which she denied. Following his death, she began a lengthy legal battle over a share of his estate; her case, Marshall v. Marshall, reached the U.S. Supreme Court on a question of federal jurisdiction.
Born and raised in Texas, Smith dropped out of high school and first married at the age of 17. She first gained popularity in Playboy, becoming the 1992 Playmate of the Year. She modelled for clothing companies, including Guess jeans. She starred in her own reality TV show, The Anna Nicole Show. In the months before her death, she was the focus of renewed press coverage surrounding the death of her son, Daniel Smith.