The estate of Anna Nicole Smith, the model turned troubled reality star, lost its claim to a piece of J. Howard Marshall’s $1.6 billion fortune on Thursday.
The Supreme Court ruled against Smith’s estate 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing that a bankruptcy judge, who awarded Smith $475 million in 2000, did not have the constitutional right to try a probate case.
Smith married Marshall, an oil tycoon who was more than 60 years her senior, in 1994. When he died the following year, Smith, who claimed that her late husband promised her $300 million, was not named in the will.
This began a long legal battle between Smith and Marshall’s son, E. Pierce Marshall, who died in 2006. In 2000, Smith was awarded $475 million of her late husband’s estate by a California bankruptcy judge, with that sum reduced to $89 million in federal court the following year.
Smith, whose given name was Vickie Lynn Hogan, first rose to fame as a model for Guess jeans and “Playboy.” She appeared in films, like “The Hudsucker Proxy,” in the ‘90s, and starred in her own reality show, E!’s “The Anna Nicole Smith Show,” in 2002. Smith’s son Daniel died in 2006, shortly before her daughter, Dannielynn, was born. She died the following year from an accidental drug overdose.
(Source: Associated Press)