By Louise Boyle For Dailymail. Virgie Arthur, 65, spoke exclusively to DailyMail. She recalled the wild antics of Anna Nicole, who she calls by her birth name Vickie Lynn, and who she believes the world never really knew.
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Smith lived one of those rags to riches biographies — rather like her idol, Marilyn Monroe. Monroe married at the age of 16 to avoid returning to an orphanage. Howard Marshall resulted in speculation that she married the octogenarian mainly for his money, which she denied. She reportedly never lived with him, never made love with him, or kissed him on the mouth more than ten times. After his death, Smith claimed Marshall promised her half his estate if she married him but he never included her in his will.
Anna Nicole Smith almost didn't make it into the pages of Playboy, the magazine revealed this week. In their new collector's issue "Anna Nicole: The Playboy Years," which is on newsstands now, the magazine's staff and contributors shared candid memories of the late model, including near-death experiences, bizarre behavior, weight issues and how at least one photographer didn't want her in the magazine. I said she should lose a few pounds and maybe we'd test her again. Freytag was overruled, and Anna Nicole went from test subject to star. A few months after sending in her pictures, Smith made her debut as a cover star of their March issue. It appears, according to the magazine, Smith had trouble with her weight even back then.
How does a woman turn from a mortal to an icon overnight? Think of Pamela Anderson, in a tight Labatt Blue shirt, at a football game with her friends, and finding herself featured on the stadium jumbotron long enough for the crowd — and later the world — to fall in love with her. For the Hollywood origin stories we know to be satisfying, the heroine in question must have no idea she is worthy of such attention until she is suddenly rescued from obscurity. And when the public finds out a goddess is in fact a striving mortal, this revelation will push her into a very different kind of myth: one whose satisfying conclusion comes not when a woman is exalted, but when she is destroyed. From , when she made her first appearance in Playboy , to her death on Feb. It was a shrewd move, as it linked her image with one of the greatest American icons of all time, and it had a neat logic: one platinum-haired sex symbol taking after another, one poor, deprived child latching onto the success of another. Howard Marshall made her a national punchline. A year later, he would be dead, and Anna would eventually find herself in a Supreme Court legal battle with his children for her inheritance, spearheaded by his son Pierce.