Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter, Dannielynn, 14, visits her mother’s former home for the 14th anniversary of the Guess model’s death in a teaser for a new TV special
- Smith has been dead for almost 14 years as she passed on February 8, 2007
- And to mark the anniversary, her 14-year-old daughter is in a 20/20 special
- Dannielynn Birkhead has visited the most influential places in her mom’s life
- Also in the show, which airs Friday, is her father, Larry Birkhead
- Cameras follow her as she visits Mexia where Anna spent part of her childhood
- According to a press release, ‘They meet her high school friend’
- ‘And see the places she frequented before becoming famous’
- While in Los Angeles, they visit several ‘sentimental locations
- Dannielynn sees for the first time some of Anna Nicole’s memorabilia
- The items are tucked away in a storage locker following her death
Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith has been dead for almost 14 years as she passed on February 8, 2007.
And to mark the anniversary, her 14-year-old daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead, has visited the most influential places in Anna Nicole’s life for the first time with her father, Larry Birkhead.
On Friday 20/20 will air the experience in a TV special titled Tragic Beauty.
A sad loss for Hollywood: Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith has been dead for almost 14 years as she passed on February 8, 2007
On the road: And to mark the anniversary, her 14-year-old daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead, has visited the most influential places in Anna Nicole’s life for the first time with her father, Larry Birkhead. The show airs on 20/20 on Friday
Cameras follow the teenager and her father as they visit Mexia, Texas where Anna Nicole spent part of her childhood.
According to a press release, ‘They meet her high school friend and see the places she frequented before becoming famous.’
While in Los Angeles, they visit several ‘sentimental locations and Dannielynn sees for the first time some of Anna Nicole’s memorabilia from her life and career, tucked away in a storage locker following her death.’
A look back: He has always been by his daughter’s side; seen in 2019
He did it all: Larry has been a single parent to Dannielynn; seen out shopping on Robertson Blvd. in Los Angeles in late 2007
‘Dannielynn’s a teenager now, and she doesn’t really know a ton of things about her mom,’ Larry said in a voiceover for the trailer.
‘As a dad who has a child whose mom’s passed away, I thought, “Why not go back to Anna’s beginnings?”‘ To be really honest, I didn’t know a whole lot about Anna — you know, her early years.’
Featuring reporting by ABC News Senior National Affairs Correspondent Deborah Roberts, the two-hour program takes a ‘comprehensive look at Anna Nicole through new interviews with those closest to her, never-before-seen and rarely seen video, as well as material from the ABC News archives.’
20/20 also reports on the ‘dichotomy between who Anna Nicole was in the spotlight and who she was in private as Vickie Lynn Smith, her rise to fame, life in the limelight, her tragic death in Florida and the unanswered questions about her death,’ the statement shared.
Anna died from an accidental drug overdose in 2007 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The model was only 39-years-old.
All grown up: Her daughter is now 14-years-old; Larry has brought her up since she was a baby
The way she was: Smith with her mom Virgie Arthur. Anna Nicole, whose real name was Vickie Lynn Hogan, grew up in Texas
The 20/20 special airs on Friday, February 5 (9:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET) on ABC.
One year ago Birkhead was featured in the new Lifetime movie Hopelessly in Love: Anna Nicole Smith and Larry Birkhead.
During the special he revealed the last thing that the Playboy pinup told him.
‘She sent me an [instant message on AOL Instant Messenger]. She said, “Don’t fall in love again,”‘ he confessed. ‘And then she had a crying face and then she signed off. That’s the last time I spoke to her.’
At the time, the Guess model was pregnant with their daughter Dannielynn.
Smith was in the Bahamas to get away from public attention.
The way they were: Anna and Larry at the races when they were still in a relationship
‘My goal at the time was to try to get her to come back to the U.S. from the Bahamas, and I had almost got her to that place of saying that she would do it,’ he told Fox News.
‘We still had that connection and she was really more curious about what I was doing at the time, the last time I spoke with her. I told her that I was going on a tour with a country artist, this female country artist.
‘She wanted to know all about her,’ he added.
‘”Who is she, what does she look like?” It was one of those things where she was kind of getting a little jealous about it and she started crying about it,’ he said.
‘And that same day she had to go to the emergency room because she was so upset. She actually gave birth early to my daughter because of her getting so upset at that time.’
That is when she sent him the ‘Don’t fall in love again’ message.
Dannielynn was born on September 7, 2006.
Three days later Smith’s 20-year-old son Daniel – who had a different father – died suddenly from an accidental drug overdose.
He just happened to be visiting Anna and Dannielynn at the hospital.
Larry and Anna met at the Kentucky Derby in 2003. When they met again a year later at the same Derby, they clicked. ‘In my mind I thought, there’s no way Anna Nicole, who could have her pick of any guy in here, is interested in me,’ he relayed.
He then met up with her in Nebraska for an event.
Her husband: She went from model to heiress after marrying oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall, who was 63 years her senior, in 1994
‘It wasn’t a red carpet event, it was more her one on one with the kids and she was a different person,’ he said. ‘This was not wild, wacky zany Anna Nicole. It’s someone who had more of a purpose to them than being a punchline on television.’
Their first kiss was ‘surreal.’
‘The first night I was alone with Anna, she told me she thought I was an angel sent to help her,’ he said.
They went on vacation in 2005 but ‘that thing went downhill fast’ because he was spending time with a friend who ‘kind of looked like Marilyn Monroe.’
‘I think Anna just got jealous, Anna thought it was competition,’ he said.
They were off and on until she got pregnant.
He also said that earlier she had a miscarriage probably because her overall health was not good.
Sad loss: Smith’s 20-year-old son Daniel – who had a different father – died suddenly from an accidental drug overdose. Seen in 1999
‘She had seizures and she would get migraines, her hands would swell, she would have back pain because of her breast implant surgery,’ said Larry.
‘There was always something she would take. I questioned it early on, like, You’re taking a lot of medicine. She was like, You don’t understand, assured me everything was great, but I was still worried.’
When she became pregnant with Dannielynn, she ‘was talking to her doctor and her doctor said, ‘No, you have to stay on these medicines, if you don’t you can go into a seizure and lose the baby,’ said Larry.
Anna also told him to not talk about her pregnancy.
‘I couldn’t say a word to anybody because the last thing she thought people wanted to see was a pregnant diet pill spokesperson,’ he said.
At the time she was a rep for TrimSpa.
‘It was eating me up, we went months without being able to say anything,’ he said.
Her lawyer Howard K Stern seemed to get in the way, making sure paparazzi photos of Anna and Larry did not get out.
Larry also says he and Anne were talking about marriage. They got in a fight, however, and Anna went to the Bahamas. It was the last time Larry saw her alive.
‘It was almost scripted,’ said Larry, ‘She was like, “I’m not coming back home and this isn’t your baby.” That was like a knife going through me.’
Red hot in the 1990s: She wore red when she posed for the 1994 cover of Playboy magazine
But they still talked.
Anna died of an overdose in a Florida hotel room. Larry found out while watching TV in his dentist’s office.
‘I was in denial about it, I said, I think I can fix this, I think I can fix this. I want to get on a plane, I can fix this,’ he remembered thinking.
The funeral took place in the Bahamas in March. ‘It was sad, just to see her laying there. She had a pink dress on, a tiara,’ he said. ‘We were all asked to write, if we wanted to, something to put in the casket. I told her in the note I was going to take care of our daughter and I listed some of the things we did, the fun times, some of the songs we listened to and I just poured it all out. Put the note in the casket, they lowered the casket down and that was it.’
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