Friday, February 09, 2007
Why do celebs kill on drugs?
The world of narcotics is in the US breaking news, this time for the shocking celebrity death of Anna Nicole Smith, the topless dancer who made the cover of Playboy magazine in 1992.
Anna Nicole Smith, the voluptuous blonde whose life played out as an extraordinary tabloid tale _ jeans model, widow of an octogenarian oil tycoon, reality-TV show subject, tragic mother _ died after collapsing at a hotel.
She did not have any known medical problems and just five months ago, Smith's 20-year-old son died suddenly in the Bahamas in what was believed to be a drug-related death.
There are questions being asked whether she died of a drug overdose? Autopsy and forensic studies will reveal answers to this tragic end of an American living soap opera.
Her strange life seemed to veer from one outsized struggle to another. She struggled famously with her weight and with her family.
"With Anna Nicole, she was pathetic but at the same time you thought, 'Gosh, if I could just scoop you up and fix things, it would be OK,'" said Jerry Herron, a professor of American culture at Wayne State University. "You wouldn't want to scoop up Paris Hilton.'"
"Anna Nicole was," Herron noted, "in both her actions and her physical being, such an over-exaggerated version of what we both lust for and loathe in our society. Bombshell blonde? Family feuds? Lots and lots of money? Weight troubles? Obscene self-revelations on TV? She had it all."
She came from humble origins and achieved celebrity and wealth, one way or another. She was a perfect pop culture icon.
The compelling mix of beauty and vulnerability is just one quality that has led to comparisons with Marilyn Monroe, another sexy, tragic blonde who Smith liked to compare herself to. The comparison is tempting, and ironically the ending is similar.
Although she fought a good fight in this life, Anna Nicole Smith's candle burned out at only 39. One can say that she was dealt a certain hand; in which she could always have played her cards to make her best contribution without giving in to self-destructive behaviour. .