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Smith's tabloid life, death should not shock anybody

Anna Nicole Smith's death at age 39 probably shouldn't shock anyone.

Born into a middle class family in Texas, Ms. Smith was determined to be famous. She was named "1993 Playmate of the Year" and in 1994, married J. Howard Marshall II, billionaire and octogenarian.

Mr. Marshall died, igniting a raging legal storm with his son who sued for rights to the estate.

Ms. Smith continued to re-focus the spotlight on herself: losing and gaining weight, having plastic surgery, a reality television show and working as the spokeswoman for TrimSpa. Her statements on how thin she had become, how good she looked, uttered in a breathless, little-girl voice, were bizarre. She was intent on garnering attention, regardless of what she had to do to get it.

Like her idol, Marilyn Monroe, Ms. Smith may become even more famous after a suspicious death. Was it an accidental drug overdose or an escape from her legal and personal problems? Since her passing, the court battles continue: paternity issues; embalming her body; her final resting place; who gets her money — if there is any money.

Many envied Ms. Smith for her beauty and traffic-stopping figure. It is obvious though, that underneath, there was a sad, desperate woman whose looks and wealth could not compensate for her legal problems, nor did they secure for her true friends, honest love or privacy. Instead, her ambitions for fame, in all likelihood, ultimately destroyed her. It is a sad end to a sad life, and a sobering lesson.

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