There are very few people in this world who ever get the chance to truly live out the rags-to-riches lifestyle, much less who can remain true to their values throughout their whole lives.
The life and times of Anna Nicole Smith (born Vickie Lynn Hogan) is a love story between the public and the princess, who fought against obstacles time after time to provide for her family, before eventually losing the battle against herself and her addiction.
The Playboy cover girl was born into poverty in Houston,Texas, but rose to super-stardom by taking advantage of the opportunities that came to her. She kept up her charm with every direction her life took, and it's these little quirks that we remember from her brief, but wondrous life.
Here are just a few facts about the model, actress, and TV personality who would have turned 50 today.
She Left High School Early
Anna Nicole Smith was born in Houston, Texas but moved to the small community of Mexia just as she was starting high school to spend more time with her aunt. It was supposed to have a positive effect on the young woman, however she ended up dropping out in her sophomore year.
She met her first husband, Billy Wayne Smith while working at Jim's Krispy Fried Chicken as a waitress. They were married when Anna was 17-years-old and the couple wasted no time starting a family. Daniel Smith was welcomed into the world on January 22, 1986, and would be the light in his mother's life.
The Playboy Breakout
Her first major success came when she appeared on the cover of the March 1992 edition of Playboy magazine. She had several other pictures make it into the esteemed publication before Hugh Hefner finally named her Playmate of the Year in 1993.
Despite her more plain upbringing, Smith adamantly says it wasn't until she had her son that she "blossomed" into her 36-28-38 form.
Guess Who's A Star?
Despite her initial wave of fame, it wasn't until she was introduced to Guess founder Paul Marciano that her career really took off.
She was actually bringing her son Daniel in for a photo audition for GUESS Kids, when she was spotted by Marciano.
"I said, 'Who are you?' She said she was a waitress at Red Lobster. Everything I asked her she called me "sir.'" said Marciano. "I had the kids' photographer shoot her on the spot."
It would be Marciano who would change her name to her famous moniker. "To me, she was Anna, but Anna Smith did not sound right so we did Anna Nicole Smith."