Anna Nicole Smith and one-time husband J. Howard Marshall are both years dead, but their relationship has lived on in the form of an ongoing courtroom drama surrounding whether or not Smith — and her heirs — had any legal claim to Marshall’s estate.
On Thursday (June 23), in a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that in fact Smith did not have a claim on any part of the Marshall family’s $1.6 billion. This after a 15-year legal battle that began when Smith sued her late husband’s son for failing to give her half his father’s millions.
Smith and Marshall married in 1994, despite a 63 year age difference. Fourteen months later, Marshall died and the battle for his fortune began.
Smith died in 2007 from a drug overdose. Her daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead, is now four years old and living with her father, a former boyfriend of Smith’s.