It's been 14 years since Anna Nicole Smith died. This is what her daughter's life looks like now.

Anna Nicole Smith's 14-year-old daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead made her annual Kentucky Derby appearance this week, and she really has grown up. 

Her father, Larry Birkhead shared a photo to their Instagram on Sunday writing: "It’s that time of year again... Dannielynn 'finished first' in her @jovanifashions pant suit and a beautiful white flowered fascinator. 

"She said she wanted to wear something entirely different than she had in the past. I guess that means no more 'little girl' dresses? She cleaned out the chocolate brownies, ice cream and nachos while at the same time critiquing my outfit."

Since Dannielynn was born, the young teen has never enjoyed a birthday with her mum. 

This year marked 14 years since Anna Nicole's death, from an accidental drug overdose on February 8, 2007.

Inside the years before Anna Nicole Smith's death. Post continues after video.


In 2020, Dannielynn's father confirmed his daughter was doing well, and honouring her mum's memory.

The 48-year-old told Daily Mail TV that he’s tried hard to let his daughter lead a private life at their Kentucky home.

“I never push her in a certain direction. Right now she’s just being a kid,” he explained, when asked whether Dannielynn would go into modelling.

It would certainly be an obvious career path for the teen, who has inherited her mother’s looks and acting skills. But unlike Dannielynn’s quiet life as a teen, Anna Nicole coveted a different life.


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Dannielynn’s mum, Anna Nicole Smith.

In 1982, a 14-year-old Anna Nicole dropped out of school. In 1985, when she was 17, she married Billy Smith, the cook at the fried chicken restaurant she was working in. Anna Nicole then gave birth to their child, Daniel, in 1986.

Five years later, working in a strip club, Anna Nicole met 86-year-old oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall. She commenced and continued an affair with him until her divorce in 1993.

It was the same year she won Playmate of the Year for Playboy.

The win was crucial to Anna Nicole’s career. After that, she won high-profile, valuable contracts with H&M, and replaced Claudia Schiffer for Guess. She also acted in movies such as The Naked Truth, and had her own reality show, The Anna Nicole Show, in 2002.


Marshall and Anna Nicole married in June of 1994, amidst public accusation that she did so only for the money. This suspicion was further confirmed by the model herself, with her public assertions that she hadn’t slept, or lived, with the billionaire – ever.

Anna Nicole Smith and her son Daniel in 2004. Image: Getty.

After 13 months of marriage, Marshall died in 1995. Until her death in 2007, more than a decade later, Anna Nicole fought his estate in court for a share of his wealth.

In September 2006, Dannielynn was born, and media identity and attorney Howard Stern, whom she was dating at the time, was listed on the birth certificate as the father.

On 10 September, 2006, whilst visiting his three-day-old sister and his mother in hospital, Daniel died of an accidental drug overdose.

Anna Nicole never recovered from the loss.

Anna Nicole Smith’s death.

The mum-of-two died on February 8, 2007. She was 39.

According to investigators, Anna Nicole’s final days were likely spent in a drug haze. At the time, Stern said she had suffered flu-like symptoms and was taking anti-viral medication.

The mum-of-two died on February 8, 2007. Image: Getty.

Her personal nurse discovered her unconscious in bed that afternoon. She was pronounced dead shortly afterwards at hospital.

An autopsy later revealed that Anna Nicole had a combination of various medication in her system. These drugs were said to be the "major component" in her death: the cough medicine Benadryl, three benzodiazepines, Clonazepam, Lorazepam and Diazepam (Valium).

Anna Nicole’s death left behind Dannielynn; but three men claimed her as their daughter. They were Stern, Smith’s bodyguard Alexander Denk, and actor Zsa Zsa Gabor’s husband Frederic Prinz von Anhalt.

In April 2007, a DNA test confirmed that it was, in fact, Birkhead who was the girl’s father and he was awarded full custody.

How Dannielynn honoured her lost family members.

Dannielynn revealed that sharing a birthday close to the late Daniel was a good way to incorporate his memory in the family.

To honour her mother, Dannielynn modelled for Guess in 2012, for the 25th anniversary of Anna Nicole’s campaign.

Birkhead said it was a special moment.

“We took her to New York to show her the billboard – it's freezing cold,” Birkhead shared with DailyMailTV.

“I said look up there! And she's like, ‘Yeah, let's go’."


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Dannielynn was proud, but she admitted it felt somewhat strange.

“It was kind of weird to see me in all of that, like giant billboard in New York… [but] it was actually really cool because now I get to know what it felt like.”

Dannielynn may be a model like her mother after all – and an actor, too. The teenager has taken an acting class, which Birkhead said she excelled in.

The teen added, “It's really cool like to act as a character, not yourself. Portraying a new person is fun.”

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This post was originally published on 5th February, 2021, and updated on 5th May, 2021.