March 19th, 2010
04:20 PM ET

Anna Nicole Smith's estate loses $300 million court fight

Anna Nicole Smith's estate is not entitled to $300 million the deceased actress had claimed was intended as a gift from her oil tycoon husband, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

Smith, a former Playboy pinup and stripper, fought for more than a decade with a son of J. Howard Marshall over a fortune estimated as much as $1.6 billion.

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2006 ordered a federal appeals panel in California to reconsider it's ruling against Smith, whose real name was Vickie Lynn Marshall.

The judges newest decision pointed to a Texas jury's verdict that the money was not a gift as the chief reason for denying Smith's claim.

Smith died in 2007 from what a Florida medical examiner ruled was "acute combined drug intoxication." Her 3-year-old daughter is her sole heir.

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  1. Mani Gazdar-Schwartz

    Right Acton & Right Motives are requirements for living this life.
    Anna Nicole, was a talented human being, but her motives & actions in life were not always right. She paid heavily for the choices she made.

    March 20, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Seriously

    No kidding poster #1. She obvioulsy didn't deserve the Marshall fortune. I hope Birkenbine is still interested in caring for his/Nicole's daughter knowing she does not stand to inherit any kind of fortune! We'll soon find out. What a sad life Anna Nicole had. Just goes to show money and fame doesn't make you happy. She was a very miserable person.

    March 21, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |