Anna Nicole Smith documentary about star’s fame and tragic death set to air

A new documentary about the life and tragic death of model and Hollywood star Anna Nicole Smith is soon to air on streaming channel Netflix.

The documentary, which is yet to be titled and does not yet have a release date, will focus on Anna Nicole Smith's life trying to balance fame with motherhood, featuring never before seen footage of the star.

The film is described as "A revelatory feature-length documentary about Anna Nicole Smith, featuring never-before-seen footage of the iconic Playboy and Guess jeans model, who blazed a trail through the '90s before her tragic death at the age of 39."

Anna Nicole Smith rose to fame as a model for high fashion brand Guess, and was also named as Playboy's Playmate of the Year in 1993.

From there, she went on to achieve Hollywood success in TV programmes including Ally McBeal and Veronica's Closet, as well as her own reality series The Anna Nicole Show and clothing line.

Despite her rapid rise to fame, she also made headlines after marrying 89 year old oil tycoon Howard Marshall II in 1994, later becoming embroiled in a battle over her late husband's estate.

She also suffered personal losses in her life, including the death of her son Daniel in 2006.

One year after the death of her son, Anna also died of an accidental prescription drug overdose in a Florida hotel room in 2007.

Director Ursula Macfarlane who has made the documentary about Anna Nicole Smith's life, said in a statement: "I approached Anna Nicole's story as an epic mystery tale.

"How did someone with so much charisma and jaw-dropping beauty, with the world at her feet, fall so far, so quickly?"

She added: "Now feels like the right time to re-examine the life of yet another beautiful young woman whose life has been picked over and ultimately destroyed by our culture.

"I am thrilled to work with Netflix and Propagate to make a moving, unflinching and sensitive portrayal of one of the most misunderstood women of our time."

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