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.
Labels: rest in peace