Skip to comments.Smith to Have 'Over the Top' Memorial
Posted on 03/01/2007 5:08:27 AM PST by COUNTrecount
Anna Nicole Smith will be buried in a custom-made gown next to her 20-year-old son following an "over the top" memorial service with a tightly controlled guest list, said a friend helping to organize the memorial.
The memorial service, with about 300 guests at an undisclosed church, will feature large amounts of pink flowers, her favorite color, and singing from a well-known performer whose name organizers aren't ready to disclose, said the friend, Patrik Simpson of Beverly Hills, Calif.
"It will be a very beautiful, Anna Nicole send-off," Simpson told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday night in the Bahamian capital of Nassau. "Of course it will be over the top because it's Anna Nicole."
Simpson's partner, Pol Atteu, has designed more than a dozen gowns for Smith, including the one in which she was to be buried in a "very elegant" casket that will most likely be closed, he said. He declined to describe the dress.
(AP) A shrine for Anna Nicole Smith is shown outside of the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office,... Full Image
Lawyer Richard Milstein, the court-appointed advocate for Smith's 5-month-old daughter, Dannielynn, said the funeral would be Friday.
Smith, 39, died in a Florida hotel on Feb. 8 - setting off a battle over her burial and for custody of Dannielynn between her partner, Howard K. Stern, her mother, Virgie Arthur, and ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead.
Arthur had wanted to bury Smith in her native Texas. But Stern insisted the former Playboy Playmate wanted to be buried next to her son, Daniel, who died of apparent drug-related causes as he visited his mother three days after she gave birth to Dannielynn in the Bahamas.
The wrangling over Smith's body ended Wednesday when a Florida appeals court upheld a judge's ruling that allowed Smith to be buried in the Bahamas and Arthur decided not to appeal that decision.
Wayne Munroe, the Bahamian attorney for Smith's estate, said the Florida court ruling was "common sense."
"Everyone in this whole saga knows what her wishes were about every aspect of her affairs - custody, property, everything," Munroe told the AP. "But people are steadfastly trying to get their wishes met and not hers. Nobody seems to care about this woman's wishes."
A Bahamian court has scheduled a hearing in the custody dispute for mid-March.
Smith married Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II in 1994 when he was 89 and she was 26. She had been fighting his family over his estimated $500 million fortune since his death in 1995, and her baby daughter could inherit millions.
Simpson said each "faction" - Stern, Arthur and Birkhead - had to submit a guest list in advance and each would be limited to 100 people at the church service.
"It will be something very beautiful, very private, very over the top and very pink," he said.
The burial at Lakeview Memorial Gardens & Mausoleums will be much more intimate, with about 30 people, he said.
At Daniel's funeral, Smith and Stern erected a large green tent that blocked the media and other spectators from the service. Organizers of the former pinup's service are expected to do the same.
Simpson, a 38-year-old model talent scout who was friends with Smith for the past five years, said he and his partner plan to place photos of themselves with their 15-year-old daughter, who sang at Daniel's funeral, inside her casket, and other close friends also will likely add photos.
He recalled Smith as a warm and generous person who always remembered their daughter's birthday and other special events.
"She was just a good friend, a good mother, a great person," Simpson said. "She had a heart of gold and would give you the shirt off her own back."
A display on the second floor door of the Tattoo King Parlor in downtown Nassau, Bahamas, is shown featuring tattoo work on Anna Nicole Smith and companion Howard Stern, Wednesday , Feb. 28, 2007. The late TV reality star got a tattoo of her with baby daughter Dannielynn last December.
Even in death she's still an industry.
Yeah, it's been a real eye-opener so far.
Don't do drugs. When the dust settles, her tombstone will be forgotten by all but the faux femmes. It has always been about the money.
At least she is finally going to be buried. Now maybe we will get a break from the ANS saga until the daddy is decided.... But I have a feeling this won't be going away. Ever. Big sigh....
I hope they don't waste any time, because the news items I've heard suggest that Anna Nicole is getting a little 'ripe' by now.
Definite closed casket.
Now she belongs to the gay people...
I wonder if the news channels will start running news stories now...instead of this trash.
Nice that they are honoring Anna Nicole's wishes to be buried in the Bahamas. After all, I'm sure it was her son Daniel's intent to be buried in the Bahamas after a 24 hr. visit in which he just happened to die there. Not to mention buried in an unmarked grave! But it's all about Anna Nicole and her moving to the Bahamas to deny her daughter her father.
Hard to feel sorry for her even in death. She fought her late husband's son for burial rights when the old man died.
It is amazing how the general population worships these no talent celebrities.
How a drunken stripper with no acting or singing talent became the next Marilyn Monroe is beyond me.
I would have let the judges know that I was bringing Daniel home pdq so if they wanted to honor Anna's wishes to be next to Daniel, they'd better bury her in Texas.
The word "dignity" cannot be applied to any portion of this whole situation.
I was really hoping Anna Nichole and James Brown would end up in the same box.
Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin
"It is amazing how the general population worships these no talent celebrities.
How a drunken stripper with no acting or singing talent became the next Marilyn Monroe is beyond me."
Your statement should be the quote of the day.
They're just burying her? I figured they would build a humongous lazer and etch a 400 mile-wide portrait of her face on the moon so that all generations of humanity could revere her memory.
Maybe it's Elton John (Candle in the Wind part III).
pre-Freakshow count down to commence....
Patrik Simpson and partner, Pol Atteu.