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- April 23, 2007
- Vol. 67
- No. 16
Tests Confirm That Photographer Larry Birkhead Is the Father of Anna Nicole's Daughter. But Whether There's a Fortune in Their Future Is Another Matter
So yet another mystery in the months-long saga of the late Smith, who died Feb. 8 of a lethal mix of prescription drugs, has been solved. But more questions remain. Birkhead has yet to gain custody of the little girl—a hurdle complicated by a claim made by Anna Nicole's mother, Virgie Arthur. There is also the question of whether Birkhead, as Dannielynn's biological father, is now in a position to take up Smith's battle over a piece of the estimated $1.6 billion estate left by her second husband, Texas oilman J. Howard Marshall II. Though legal experts see potential for both Birkhead and Stern—Birkhead as the father of Anna's surviving child, and Stern as the executor of Smith's yet-to-be-filed will—the Marshalls have vowed to fight back vigorously.
And what kind of future lies ahead for Dannielynn? Birkhead has stocked up on baby clothes and spruced up his one-bedroom townhouse in Burbank as well as garnered promises from his sister to help out with the child rearing. He is also said to be weighing a move with his daughter to his more sedate home state of Kentucky. Smith may have coveted the limelight, but, says Birkhead friend Ford Shelley, "He doesn't want the child in all the glamour and glitz. He wants the child to have a good upbringing."
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