Anna Nicole Smith's estate denied Marshall inheritance
The estate of Anna Nicole Smith lost its bid for the inheritance the bombshell spent years fighting for.
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."