RIP ANNA NICOLE SMITH: No matter what you thought of her, it's quite sad that Anna Nicole Smith has died this afternoon at such a young age. She was only 39. After losing her son last year, giving birth to a baby girl with disputed paternity and lawsuits galore, she was tabloid fodder to the extreme. Last night, she was on Entertainment Tonight and her speech was so slurred she could barely put a coherent sentence together. My guess is that she died of a drug overdose. I remember when I first saw her in the Guess jeans ads. I thought she was pretty and it was nice to see a model with some meat on her bones. After the Guess campaign it was all downhill. She married the old man with one foot in the grave and another on banana peel and then went through years of legal wrangling over his multi-million dollar estate. After the Supreme Court ruled in her favor, she was on the verge of getting something like $88 million. Her reality television show was one of my favorite train wrecks, and you couldn't escape those "TrimSpa, baby" ads even if you were living under a rock. I always wondered if most of her ditsy persona was an act, sort of like the one Marilyn Monroe created. I guess we will never know, but at least she's at peace. God knows what will happen to her baby.

I'm not going to get too deep into American Idol from last night. Jennifer has done a sweet job of recapping what was basically a "filler show" before they start the Hollywood round. They showed a few more people who were good enough to get through from all the audition cities, including Akron and Ashlyn. You might have read that Akron was ordered off the show when it was revealed he'd been busted for pot. Sweet-faced little Ashlyn was arrested for putting sugar in ex-boyfriend's gas tank. I think she should sing Heart's "Crazy On You" for her Hollywood round. Of course, there were plenty of horrible, mentally challenged people showcased including WES, who showed up in blinding yellow satin shirt and sang his own tune, "Don't Hurry, Don't Worry." Olivia Newton John looked like she was about to vomit in her mouth it was so bad.

So, that leaves me to talk about Lost, which returned after a long hiatus to finish out its third season. The audience had been promised more answers with last night's show, but of course "answers" is a relative term in Lost-world. What we did find out is that the island is some kind of medical research facility and that Juliet, the oddly sympathetic Other, was actually a captive on the island herself. Most of the show was devoted to her backstory -- lord, how those do drag on -- and how she had created some kind of drug to make barren women pregnant. Juliet was recruited by a shadowy bio-research firm allegedly based in Portland, but when pressed, the director admitted "it's not quite in Portland." Duh. Okay, now that I think about it...we didn't find out shit. They seriously need to start wrapping this show up. I am totally losing interest. Or, ABC could pay my ass to come Hawaii and write them out of the corner they've backed themselves into.

I'm off to see Reb Livingston and Carly Sachs read poetry at Emory tonight. More soon.

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im going to miss anna. she was always something glam to look at, even on her bad days.
sad to see anna go.
Anonymous said…
Man that is so sad about ANS. You know the baby daddy drama is about to get started big time. I think it was drugs also. The last few times id caught her on tv I couldn't even understand what she was saying and her eyes were rolling all around in her head.

GAV
Cleo said…
And now Zza Zza Gabor's husband (the Prince) is claiming he's probably the father.

Twist of irony there, if he is and ends up adopting her, she'll actually become a princess.

You know the movie is probably already in production - wonder who will play the AN part?

You know if done right, it could actually be a very good movie, it has all sorts of great elements. Tragic figures galore, drugs, alcohol and sex. Maybe Renee Zellweiger - since she does puffy cokehead so well.

I'm kinda of the opinion though, and I thought this way back when I first saw the reality show. That her lawyer/boyfriend was probably behind a lot of her problems. He was just such an opportunistic hanger-on sleazebag.
jenni said…
For some reason, the death of ANS really freaked me out--maybe because she was so young and vulnerable.

SO AI is in hollywood this next week? I may watch, I don't know, I might wait until it gets to the final 20, or is it 16? I can't remember.
Collin said…
Cleo - Zza Zza's husband is a nut. He has a history of interjecting himself into situations to get press and his name and photos in the paper. Since old Za is a coma, he has nothing better to do.

Jenni - They picked 172 people to Hollywood and will start narrowing it down. Eventually it will 24, then it goes to 12. Those 12 are usually the ones who do the tours and get the recording contracts later.

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