The recent 10th death anniversary of American model-actress Anna Nicole Smith cast greater attention on the loved ones she left behind. One of this her daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead, who now exhibits many of her mother’s physical characteristics and fearless character.
This was recently shared by Dannielynn’s father Larry Birkhead, an entertainment photographer who has raised the child singlehandedly over the years, away from the public eye. At 10, Dannielynn is clearly a beauty, reason enough for modeling and movie offers to come her way, but at this stage in her life, her father says she is not interested.
Last February 8, Anna Nicole’s former live-in partner Larry Birkhead wrote on his Facebook wall that that day marked “10 years since the world lost Anna Nicole Smith” which was followed by a sad face, and the phrase “Rest peacefully, beautiful angel.”
The Tragic Past
Anna Nicole died from an accidental overdose in 2007. Dannielynn was just five months old when her mother passed away.
The model got her first big break when Playboy founder Hugh Hefner noticed her and featured her on the March 1992 cover of the magazine. That opened doors for the sultry model, including becoming one of the models for Lane Bryant and Guess.
Anna Nicole got into a string of relationships. There was the affair with the wealthy Texan J. Howard Marshall in 1991. She married the oil tycoon in 1994, after divorcing her husband Billy in 1993. Anna Nicole was just 26 then while Marshall was 89 years old, and on August 4, 1995, he passed away at age 90.
The controversial model had a son Daniel Smith, 20, was visiting his mom and newborn baby sister in the Bahamas in early September 2006 when the toxic combination of prescription drugs became fatal. The eerie thing is that months later, in February 2007, Anna Nicole died from a prescription drugs overdose in a Florida hotel room.
The Custody Battle
With Anna Nicole’s death, a subsequent custody battle due to the contentious paternity of her daughter ensued. Her lawyer and lover, Howard K. Stern, went t court to claim he was the father of the late troubled model’s daughter.
The courts, later on, proved that Larry Birkhead was Dannielynn’s father after DNA tests proved the genetics. After the court decision, Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter took on the name Dannielynn Hope Marshall Birkhead.
The Young Girl’s Interests
Raised in Kentucky, Dannielynn’s interests are more on the technology side — games and YouTube videos, rather than modeling. People call the young girl’s father all the time, inquiring if she may be interested in the model, but that is just not in the cards for now.
Birkhead admitted he is “not the best dad,” but they are able to make the best of the circumstances. He did express that Dannie Lynn’s best days are still to come and that a bright future awaits her. For now, they are a regular father-and-daughter team who get to celebrate special events like Dannielynn’s 10th birthday with a special trip outside Kentucky — to Universal Studios Hollywood.