Anna Nicole Smith's estate will get nothing from the fifteen year long battle. The former sex symbol, model, and television personality filed suit in 2001 in a Texas courtroom over her $300 million dollar piece of J. Howard Marshall's $1.6 billion dollar estate. Marshall was 90 years old at the time of his 1995 death, 63 years Smith's senior at the time of Smith and Marshall's 1994 wedding. Smith met Marshall at the strip club where he was a regular patron.
Upon Marshall's death, Smith alleged that her husband promised her his fortune. The 9th United States Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to maintain the original verdict and ruled in favor of Marshall's only heir, his son E. Pierce Marshall. The Appeals Court maintained that court decisions following the original ruling should be thrown out.
Smith missed the last leg of this lengthy legal process. Smith died tragically after a lethal overdose of various prescribed medicines following the birth of her daughter, Dannielynn, fathered by celebrity photographer Larry Birkhead.