Friday, February 09, 2007

Anna Nicole Smith: * 1967 † 2007


I wasn't sure whether or not to post about this. I almost did last night, since I had to return to my desk for the night shift after we'd heard the news.

Bottom line is, I just don't know what to think. (Apologies to Karen, who's read some of this before, since it's being recycled from a comment I made at hers.)

I've never been a "fan" of Anna Nicole Smith, and I'm not really in a position to give anything resembling a meaningful comment on her life or death, but from the stuff I've seen of her on TV, including her short-lived reality TV show, I found her to be an incredibly sad and lonely person, albeit someone who still liked to have some fun. She seemed like a woman who had begun, unfortunately, to come to terms with the fact that maybe people only thought of her as a joke, if not a gold-digger, too.

On the subject of that show, I watched it on only a handful of occasions, and usually only when Wife had fallen asleep beside me on the sofa and I was wandering through the channels looking for something interesting. It always drew me in. Anna Nicole came across as charming, somehow, despite all the drugs and whatever else she may have been on.

I wonder if maybe she was just looking for acceptance; perhaps she found it in an unusual place. Maybe it was really love. Who knows?

Then all the court battles over that fortune. Then having a baby girl and losing a son within days of each other.

Regardless of everything, clearly Anna Nicole had a terribly tragic last few years, despite all that early promise of an entertainment career of some sort. Her premature death at the age of 39 is a horrible -- and very final -- full stop to it all. Very sad.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I can't say I'm too surprised to hear about Anna Nicole Smith passing.

She appeared to live a pretty troubled life (of her own doing) and now she's left a little baby girl behind.

Can you believe the media frenzy over this already? Hours after her death there were reports of news agencies bidding for the rights to the last know film of her (being worked on by the paramedics).

She sure knew how to use her beauty and boobs to become famous. The Internet is loaded with pictures of Anna Nicole Smith nude. The website [name deleted by censurious overlord] has several videos of her .. not really porn, but more glamour and soft-core. Seems like they may be doing some type of "video tribute" or something.

By the news coverage last night you'd have thought some head-of-state had died! Such is the world we live in today.

09 February, 2007 18:22  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Anon: Thanks for your comment. I don't like censorship, but I have removed the links you provided. Not because I am a censurious overlord (honest), but because I'm wary of links from my blog to sites I'm not familiar with and that may contain malicious shit that damages folks' computers. Feel free to pop back, though.

09 February, 2007 18:26  
Blogger Radmila said...

She was such a train wreck.

But it's sad nonetheless.
Especially what happened to her in the past couple of years.
Most of us would have had a hard time bouncing back from what she went through.
Am I surprised?
No.
I used to catch her reality show too every so often, and I felt sorry for her son.
She really was a mess.

09 February, 2007 22:43  
Blogger Tanya said...

I watched the news about her and read the stuff about her with the same fascination reserved for viewing pictures of a train wreck. It seemed that the tragic events of the last few months of her life may have been leading inevitably up to the moment of her death. It is indeed sad.

10 February, 2007 11:12  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

Maybe some kind of celeb immortality now? She'd probably prefer to be around though

10 February, 2007 13:07  
Blogger Martine said...

Well, I never paid much attention to Anna Nicole Smith but who could completly ignore her??

You are the only one who made a really nice and understanding, human comment about her death.

Yes, she was probably not perfect, but then again, who is... and now that she is gone, and very early as you said. She paid dearly for whatever she did... couldn't people let her stay in peace!!!

10 February, 2007 14:12  
Blogger Cynnie said...

I didnt dislike her, but i wasnt a fan..she was what she was..
It's really just a sad sad thing..

10 February, 2007 15:36  
Blogger cappy said...

hmmm. what to say?

never thought much of her. i mean, come on, does anyone actually believe that she married "multi millionare near to grave old boy" for love???

surely not!

she didn't deserve all the bad stuff that came her way, but i won't miss an ounce of sleep for her.

in saying that though, i do worry for the child.

maybe those relatives that were clamering for her head during the nasty stuff with the will, will indeed show a modicom of compasion and take control of the little girls future. non of this is her doing.

10 February, 2007 17:04  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Well, I watched as much coverage of this story as I could.

anon, you're a prick..because you posted anon...and that is just my opinion.

To me...she is the kind of person who her very reason for fame is the reason people used her. she was a bunny and some people who are weak need to stomp on a bunny. She was a sitting duck for users and sadists.

I feel very sad when when she lost her best friend...and now for her kid. she may not have been a famous actress...but she has the kind of vibe thaty draws people to look at her photo, her body and smile and personality was one of those rare manifestations of spirit that no matter how shitty events were...the soul keeps on peering out. That is why she was famous, for having a visible soul.

How much money is that worth?

Oh and fuck you anon.

10 February, 2007 23:16  
Anonymous aidan said...

I liked her in The Naked Gun 33 and 1/3.

"Cigarette?"
- "Yes, I know."

She seemed to be one of those people who are very pretty, naturally, but for various strange reasons felt the need to become increasingly cartoonish and, well, messy.
But without the "Some Like It Hot" or "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" as consolation.

Sad stuff.

11 February, 2007 10:39  
Blogger _z. said...

as most of you guys, I wasn't a big fan either. But a person that sad in life, deserves to go in peace.

12 February, 2007 13:05  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

i actually do agree with you. i certainly was not a fan and am not going to be sad to stop reading "news" about ms. nicole smith... but her life was clearly tragic... and these last several months have been very sad.

i think it's certainly safe to say she was an extremely lost soul. here's hoping she's somewhere better now perhaps.

12 February, 2007 18:45  
Blogger Milla said...

I have always been fascinated by this woman, and I think it's because to some extent she 'made it' even without being a super skinny person. Do you remember her in the Guess Jeans ads? She was gorgeous, all curvy and sexy. It's a shame she was such a troubled woman. When I was watching the news in the States, she was completely vilified by the media. Very sad indeed.
Maybe I'll write a post on my won blog.

P.S. I am going to put a claim in that I'm the father of the baby. By the time they find out who it is for real, I will have got all the money, paid off the mortgage and gone to Barbados. I'll send you and Red a postcard.

18 February, 2007 11:54  

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