…How many times did I watch season one of The Anna Nicole Show? I don’t even know, but I watched it a lot. My mouth would drop in shock at some of her “antics” and I would just sit back and laugh as she stumbled under coffee tables (and getting her ass stuck) as she tried to get her faggy little dog. I marveled at her taste in home decor. I enjoyed watching her sad attempts at good parenting and her odd drug-induced like speech patterns.

I think, too, that I had an odd bit of admiration for this somehow dumb blonde who was — on many levels – smarter than most — and my hope that someone from such sad Texas poverty and all the bad breaks would manage to actually pull through and make it. Shit. I wanted her to win that money! The thing is — there was always something about this tacky woman that I liked.

So, when I heard that her son died in front of her as she held her new born baby – I have to admit my heart sank. What sort of hell must that be to experience?

And, today we find out that she has died at 39.

I know it is odd, but I’m sad. And, no matter how the media or those outside of that realm will make fun of this and her life — and, over the years I think we ALL have. I just feel so sad that this person is gone. Anna Nicole Smith: Rest In Peace.

February 8, 2007. Uncategorized.


  1. Jake replied:

    Hey Matty, I too am having a hard time dealing with this tragic loss of such a wonderful entertaining woman. I’ve been glued to the TV all evening. I miss her already…

  2. Topher replied:

    Hiya Matt. I felt sad too for some reason eventhough I never got to watch her show or anything. She just had a baby not too long ago, and then something like this happens to her. I wonder if the pain of seeing her son die in front of her got the best of her. Ahh, guess we’ll never know but it probably played a role.

  3. Robert replied:

    You know Matt, I feel the same way. And like Kris, I have never watched her show either and it was tragic that when her son died last year. And now this.

  4. Kalvin replied:

    The first thing that now sticks with me is something that someone wrote on Joe My God: “She didn’t have a malicious bone in her body.” And I completely agree. She had such a torrid life, and quite honestly, I really loved her. JR joked that why couldn’t it have been Courtney Love, and while I don’t wish that on anyone, honestly, my feelings would be so different if she had died. Anna was such a sweet person if not silly. I’ve been really sad about this. How many people have married, got divorced, stripped, married an extremely wealthy old man, had a reality show, posed for playboy, been a major ad campaign sponsor, been a model for larger women, lost there son tragically at a young age mysteriously, had a case go to the supreme court, had a paternity suit, etc. and still maintained to be so sweet and kind. She will truly be missed.

  5. hot lunch replied:

    I JUST went and bought the DVD for her show! I’ve been wanting to see it for ages and finally found it at the used DVD/CD store the other day. I’m glad to hear that it’s a good watch! It was a crazy coincidence that she died yesterday right when I was ready to watch the show.

  6. matty03 replied:

    Jake – Yeah. I just makes me sad. I hope she has found some peace. …I don’t think she ever experienced much of that in her life on this wave.

    Kris – It is alway so hard to even fathom what it must feel like for a parent to lose a child. I found it all the more oddly tragic that she had to witness that death as she held her just new born baby. I can’t begin to imagine how one copes with that. Sad stuff.

    Robert — Just sad stuff. Well, you two need to see her show. …a lot, if not all of the laughs, are at her expense — but I think she understood that and it provided her with money and more fame (which I think she had craved since she was a baby) …anyway, you will be well entertained.

    Kalvin – I think I agree with that. I write “I think” because I did not know her — but we certainly saw a lot of her on that reality show — and she had no access to the way it was edited and, while she came off as a bit immature, spoiled and confused — she was ALWAYS a sweet and soft-hearted person. It was ALWAYS clear that she did much of what she did to give her now dead son the life she never had. …it seemed like she didn’t know how to be a parent, but she was giving it her best shot and it seemed so clear that he knew his mother loved him. Regarding Courtney. Well, as you wrote — I’d never wish death on anyone but I think I understand what you and Joe My God are saying. The only thing is I think Ms. Love is misunderstood and a sick person from an unimaginably horrible childhood and yet looked at what she managed to do! I think Courtney Love might be too smart for her own good. And, unlike Anna Nicole — I do think of Love as an artist.

    Hot Lunch — Oh! I’m so psyched! If anyone other than me will enjoy watching that show it is you!!! Can’t wait to hear how much you laugh. I wonder how much of it all will be tainted by the sad events of the past year. But, I guess it is always best to remember folks for the joy that they bring — and her show gave me a lot of laughs. And, I really do think she “got” the joke. …in the second season she even discussed that on the show as people approached her on the street, etc.

  7. ing replied:

    I’ve never seen this show, but of course I know who Anna Nicole is. And I was very surprised to learn that she’d died. I sure didn’t see that coming. Poor thing.

  8. matty03 replied:

    Ing — It was a brilliantly funny and painful TV show! Loved it!

  9. Topher replied:

    It’s on top of the queue on my blockbuster rental list. I’ve seen bits and pieces and now I’ll get to see the whole thing. I think it’ll be a nice change from watching all this indie, not uplifting movies lol

    Have a good weekend Matt!! Oh and as Yoko said in her song on Robert’s blog, i love you! I like the way she said it, so don’t get all freaked out 😛 Ya know we all do, but sometimes it’s nice to be reminded that we are, ’tis all.

  10. matty03 replied:

    Kris — I love you, too!

    …that is a great song!

    I think Yoko and Tom Waits need to do an LP together.

  11. Karyn replied:

    Her show was my guilty pleasure. It was fun. I felt bad for her, as her life was just one effing tragedy after another.

    Really sad. Just…sad. On so many levels.

  12. Meredith replied:

    I don’t think the world is going to swallow itself up with the absence of Anna Nicole but I did feel sad hearing about her death. Actually I felt sad and repulsed by all the shows about her. The way they start out “in memorium” and end in making her look pathetic and trashy. And I suppose to some extent she was. But hell, you know the phrase, “You can take the girl out of the trailer park but you can’t take the trailer park out of the girl.”? I just feel sad that the world makes people like that and then grills them for being exactly what they were expected to be.

  13. Meredith replied:

    oh, and I left a Dear Abby reply for you on my blog.
    xo m

  14. matty03 replied:

    Karyn – As you know, I loved that show. I never felt guilty about it. I used to shout it from the rooftops.

    Lovely Meredith — I so love how you summed that all up. I don’t have “TV” anymore so I’ve not seen anything that has been done. And, I suspect the reality TV show will be forever sad to me now. I no longer own it. Sold it before I left Boston almost 2 years ago. And, I shall hop over to see what you think of my Dear Abby idea!!

  15. hot lunch replied:

    wait a minute. hold up.

    did you say… SECOND season????????????

    W T F !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. matty03 replied:

    Hot Lunch! LOL! Yes, I do believe that there were two! I could be wrong, but I don’t think I am…

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