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Life in pictures: Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith arrives at MTV awards (March 3, 2005)

Anna Nicole Smith, a platinum blonde former Playboy model, lived constantly beneath a spotlight but her flamboyant personality belied a troubled private life.

Anna Nicole Smith in an anti-fur campaign poster for Peta (Photo: Peta/Robert Sebree

A model, actress and occasional TV star, she grew up saying that she wanted to be like Marilyn Monroe - and posed as her heroine in a campaign for the anti-fur group Peta.

Anna Nicole Smith (15 August 1995)

Her marriage, at the age of 26, to octogenarian billionaire J Howard Marshall, drew accusations of gold-digging. After 14 months of marriage, he died.

Anna Nicole Smith holds a framed photo of her late husband during the probate trial Thursday, (5 October 2000)

His death triggered a lengthy series of court battles for his estate. She won a victory at the Supreme Court in 2006.

Anna Nicole Smith arrives with her lawyers, Howard Stern (l) at the US Supreme Court (February 28, 2006)

Her attorney, Howard Stern, always by her side during her court appearances, became her husband.

Anna Nicole Smith (l) with daughter, Dannielyn Hope, and Howard Stern (28 October 2006)

But her final months were marked with tragedy. The birth of her daughter, Dannielyn, in September last year was followed, just a few days later, by the death of her 20-year-old son.

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