Anna Nicole Smith's ex Larry Birkhead brings their daughter DannieLynn to visit late model's hometown

The daughter of Anna Nicole Smith has travelled to her mother’s home in an encore screening of the ABC documentary 20/20: Tragic Beauty. In the episode, DannieLynn Birkhead accompanies her father — Anna Nicole’s ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead — to her mum’s hometown of Mexia, Texas. This small neighbourhood is where […]

The daughter of Anna Nicole Smith has travelled to her mother’s home in an encore screening of the ABC documentary 20/20: Tragic Beauty.

In the episode, DannieLynn Birkhead accompanies her father — Anna Nicole’s ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead — to her mum’s hometown of Mexia, Texas.

This small neighbourhood is where Anna spent her childhood before she moved to Hollywood for a life in the spotlight. In Mexia, DannieLynn, 14, met Anna’s high school friends and visited the places she hung out before becoming famous.

“Dannielynn’s a teenager now, and, you know, she doesn’t really know a ton of things about her mum,” Larry said in a voiceover as father and daughter drove around the town.  “I thought, why not go back to Anna’s beginnings.”

Anna’s childhood best friends remembered the model — real name Vickie Lynn Hogan — as a larger than life personality destined for bigger and better things. Her childhood best friend, Jo McLemore, remembered her vividly in the doco. 

“When she went to school here, in Mexia, she was miserable,” McLemore said. “She was having a hard time with being bullied. At that point, I think, after all she’d been through … just all the struggles in her life, she was finally fed up.”

Anna Nicole Smith's daughter DannieLynn visit model's hometown in Texas.

“There was nothing else to do here,” she said added. “There’s no movie theatres. I mean there wasn’t Starbucks or anything. Basically, the main place to eat was [chicken shop] Krispy’s.

“She’d order a large drink. But she always looked really sad to me. When she started working here, we immediately hit it off… One of the memories I have of her is, we’d sit here together and stare out the window, and just watch traffic go by. She was so perfect to me. Perfect face … and I would tell her, ‘You are so, so pretty.'”

Dannielynn Birkhead, Larry Birkhead

It was while working at Jim’s Krispy Fried Chicken that Anna met Billy Wayne Smith, a cook at the restaurant. They went on to marry him in 1985 when she was just 17 and she was just 17 and they welcomed their son, Daniel, the following year. 

They split and as a single mum Anna moved to Houston, where she got a job working at a strip club. It was there that she met J. Howard Marshall, a billionaire businessman who was 63 years her senior. They married in 1994 and he supported her and Daniel up until his death in 1995.

Sadly, Daniel would died in 2006 from an accidental drug overdose. He was just 20. Anna was understandably heartbroken over his death and tragically died just months later in very similar circumstances. She left behind daughter DannieLynn, who was just five months old. 

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