No Dough For Dannielynn

The estate of Anna Nicole Smith lost its bid for the inheritance the bombshell spent years fighting for.

Anna Nicole Smith

A federal appellate court ruled that Smith's estate -- the lion's share of which belongs to her only heir, toddler daughter Dannielynn Birkhead -- is not entitled to any of the millions left behind by oil baron J Howard Marshall.

Smith wed Marshall, 63 years her senior, in 1994 after meeting in a strip club and carrying on a two year relationship.

Anna maintained throughout her life that although she never actually lived with him, she loved Marshall and he verbally promised her half of his $1.6 billion estate upon his death.

When Marshall died thirteen months later, his son Pierce disputed Anna's claim and a decade-long court battle began.

But now the two main players -- Anna and Pierce -- are gone, and it's Pierce's widow pitted against Ana's daughter.

"It's been a very sort of sad story -- so many people involved in this case have died," said Kent Richland, a lawyer for the model's estate. But there is still hope for little Dannielynn.

"This is not the final step," Richalnd said. "This is only an intermediate court's ruling."

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Comments on "Anna Nicole Smith's estate denied Marshall inheritance"

belicoso March 22, 2010 | 8:17 PM

The Court got this one right FINALLY! After 15 years the judiciary has finally come down on the side of properly executed estate planning and gone against the frivolous complaints of a shameless gold-digger. At last the Marshall family may know some peace.

bk March 21, 2010 | 8:58 AM

Larry should just continue his life raising his daughter AWAY from LA. Besides the money is cursed.

pipe dream March 21, 2010 | 2:42 AM

Dannielynn is not a $300 mil. baby! Larry Birkhead will have to find a real job...I hope he will stop exploiting a motherless child and forget about Marshall money.

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