May 30, 2002 04:50am
Anna Nicole Smith Gets TV Show
(LOS ANGELES, CA) -- First Ozzy. Now Anna Nicole Smith. The former stripper who married a millionaire and posed nude for Playboy magazine is about to get her own reality TV show.
The daily life of Smith, 33, will be televised on E! Entertainment Television's new "The Anna Nicole Smith Show," network officials said Wednesday. The show is scheduled to debut in August.
Its creators promise the half-hour program will provide an inside look at the woman who in March was awarded $88 million from the estate of her late husband.
Film crews have already begun shooting at Smith's Los Angeles home, network executives said.
"We've gone with Anna to the dentist, we've gone with her to a Guess? jeans 20th anniversary party, we're going to go with her to get her driver's license," said the cable network's Jeff Shore. "It's really about Anna's life outside the home."
E! officials said they had the idea of chronicling Smith before "The Osbournes," which follows rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his family, became a hit this season on MTV.
Smith has been fighting court battles in California and Texas over the fortune of her late husband, who died at age 90 in August 1995, just 14 months after their wedding. He left behind a fortune estimated at as much as $1.6 billion.
Smith, whose real name is Vickie Lynn Marshall, met oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall in 1991 when she was working as a stripper. The couple married three years later when she was 26 and he was 89.