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Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 09/27/2006

The Anna Nicole Show: Stranger Than Fiction

By Liz Kelly

(Reuters)

I'm trying to get my head around the latest revelation in Anna Nicole Smith's wretched soap opera of a life. As revealed last night on Larry King Live, Smith's longtime lawyer Howard K. Stern claimed that he is the father of her new baby and that the two plan to marry sometime in the future. (Video)

If you've just returned from a year-long hitch in the Peace Corps or were otherwise prevented from reading the ever more curious coverage of this story, read the following abbreviated synopsis of recent events: Anna Nicole Smith announced she was preggers on her blog over the summer and not much more was heard until news broke in early September that Anna Nicole's adult son, Daniel, had mysteriously died in the same hospital where Smith had given birth to a daughter only three days before. Reportedly, Anna Nicole and Stern were the only people in the room where Daniel's body was found. A few weeks and two autopsies later, we still don't know what killed Daniel and haven't heard from Anna Nicole publicly. The only significant developments have been so much static -- Smith's reps reportedly sold the last photos of Anna Nicole and her children for $400,000, paparazzo Larry Birkhead claimed to have fathered the child and is demanding a DNA test and, now, Stern's revelation.

This would make for a killer daytime soap plot if it weren't all so sad and all too real.

Questions linger and maybe we can indulge our collective confusion by talking them out a bit today: Why did Stern choose now to share his paternity claim? Why wouldn't he and Nicole appear together to go public with what Stern claimed has been a long-term romantic relationship? Should Anna Nicole agree to a paternity test? And, finally, when will we get a concrete idea of what happened to Daniel? With no shortage of unanswered questions, this story continues to be mighty confusing and far from resolved.

More Info:
Anna Nicole Smith (Wikipedia)
Attorney: I'm Anna Nicole's Baby's Daddy (CNN)

By Liz Kelly  | September 27, 2006; 10:35 AM ET
Categories:  Anna Nicole Smith, Celebrities  
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