A young, voluptuous blonde bombshell marries a filthy rich billionaire 6 decades her senior. The old man buys her a couple of houses, pampers her with gifts and lo and behold dies a year after the marriage. The old man’s only son prevents her from inheriting his father’s fortune. She cries foul and goes all the way…. to the Supreme Court to claim her share.
Sounds familiar eh? Well, kind of except that the woman in question is a celebrity, Anna Nicole Smith , former stripper, 1993 Playboy Playmate of the Year and host of TV reality show The Anna Nicole Show . Anna Nicole had been fighting her inheritance case for 11 years now, since her Texas oilman and billionaire husband J. Howard Marshall II died a year after they were married. Anna Nicole was 26 and J .Howard Marshall was 89 when they married in 1994. They met at a strip bar, where Anna Nicole worked as a stripper.
Wait… was Marshall in a wheelchair when he met Anna? Just curious. I mean, what would a shrinking octogenarian be possibly doing at a strip joint? Risking a broken thigh with the lap dancing? Was he on a Viagra overdose? At 89, Marshall would have been dipping his hamburger in coffee so he can ingest it and a bottle of beer would have been a death sentence. Many, many years ago when a 20 year old Muyta ng Pilipinas winner married a 68 year old Australian millionaire ( don’t ask me names because I totally forgot) I thought it was weird if not embarrassing . But yikes.. 26 and 89 simply doesn’t cut it. Just plain obscene.
Anyways, in the brief time that her partner was breathing, Smith was the recipient of a couple of houses and gifts all worth about $6 million. Pretty paltry sum considering the man was worth $1.6 billion but hey, it was a lotto jackpot for Anna Nicole who had to pluck bills from her knickers to make a living. But when Marshall died, she was shocked to find that her name was not in the old man’s will. She sued, insisting her stake on her dead husband’s estate. The old man’s only son defended his father’s will , accusing Smith as a gold digger who was solely interested in his father’s fortunes. The courts ruled in favor of the son but Smith continued to appeal, this time with the Supreme Court. Smith’s claim had gone down from $474 million to $85 million.
Is Anna Nicole Smith entitled to her husband’s estate in absence of a will? Is she a woman in need or a gold digger indeed?
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