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Actress Remarkably Transforms Into Anna Nicole Smith

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Six years after her death, Anna Nicole Smith was immortalized in a new Lifetime movie called Anna Nicole that debuted Saturday.

At first glance, 27-year-old Agnes Bruckner, who started acting at the age of 11 as a regular on the daytime drama The Bold and Beautiful, seems like a long shot to play the platinum blonde temptress.
“She went through extensive hair and makeup and then there was a whole process of prosthetics,” Entertainment Weekly writer Lindzi Scharf told ABC News.

Bruckner, who is much smaller than the voluptuous Anna Nicole Smith, reportedly had to undergo four hours of hair, makeup and prosthetics with three people each morning before shooting. To pull off the look, the natural brunette bleached her hair and added extensions, required neck, cheek and breast prosthetics, and to capture that Marilyn Monroe-like look, she donned wigs.

“The moment I saw her, I didn’t recognize her,” said Deborah Everton, the costume designer for the film. “I was wondering, ‘Who is this?’ …  And then I realized it was Agnes.”

Side by side images of Bruckner compared to iconic images of Smith are nearly identical.
“She really became Anna Nicole for this role,” said Scharf.

Bruckner says the role was more than just perfecting the “look” but also inhabiting Smith’s persona.
“I became really protective of Anna Nicole,” Bruckner told Entertainment Tonight. “And I think we did her justice.”

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First Look: Agnes Bruckner as Anna Nicole Smith

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Private Practice actress Agnes Bruckner has been transformed from brunette tomboy to the blonde bombshell Anna Nicole Smith for Lifetime’s new biopic.

Entertainment Tonight got a first look at Bruckner as the tragic Playboy model on the set of the upcoming made-for-TV movie The Anna Nicole Story.

“The transformation has been amazing,” Bruckner told ET. “I came into this a brunette — a total tomboy.”

Beyond looks, Bruckner, 27, dived into the role after doing hours of research. “I watched ET stories, YouTube clips. So much of her life was on camera,” she said.

“It’s just such a fascinating story to me. There were so many different layers to her, and she was so iconic and so larger-than-life. It was just something that I was like, ‘This is gonna be really scary but it’s gonna be really awesome at the same time.’”

Bruckner, who made her feature film debut as a high school student having an affair with her teacher in 2002′s Blue Car, was featured in The Glass House and Murder By Numbers, co-starring Sandra Bullock.

The Anna Nicole Story will chronicle Smith’s evolution from Vicky Lynn Hogan, a pretty but plain girl growing up in a small Texas town, to Anna Nicole Smith, the voluptuous Playboy pin-up and model.

“She had so many ups and downs — weight gain and then lost it — she was messy and crazy and then she was really put-together at times,” said Bruckner.

Bruckner’s co-star Adam Goldberg, who plays Smith’s lawyer/boyfriend Howard K. Stern, gives Bruckner kudos for her portrayal of Smith, which he says could easily have fallen into an impression of the late model.

“She’s not doing an impression of [Anna Nicole],” Goldberg told ET. “I think it’s a very difficult role to play because there is just so much tape on this woman that’s it’s very easy to just do an impression. … You have to find something in it that is honest for yourself and I think that’s what Agnes is doing.”

Goldberg has posted pictures of Bruckner as Smith on his Tumblr.

The film will also feature Hollywood legend Martin Landau as J. Howard Marshall, the Texas oil billionaire who married Smith despite their 63-year age difference.

“We think of J. Howard as an old geezer who picked her up in a strip bar,” the actor told ET. But Landau said he was a magna cum laude graduate from Yale who became one of the world’s most foremost lawyers advising FDR’s cabinet during World War II before moving to Texas to make his fortune.

Smith, who went on to star in her own reality show, died in 2007 at the age of 39 from a drug overdose. After a dramatic paternity battle following her death, Larry Birkhead was awarded custody of his and Smith’s daughter, Dannielynn, 5.

Stern and Smith’s psychiatrist were later convicted of drug conspiracy for obtaining prescription drugs for Smith. The convictions were overturned, then an appellate court ruled they should be reinstated.

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Court Rules Anna Nicole Smith Boyfriend's Conviction Was Wrongly Dismissed

David McNew/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- In early 2011, Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend had a drug conspiracy conviction in connection with her death dismissed.  However, a California appellate court on Thursday ruled that the convictions of Howard K. Stern and psychiatrist Khristine Eroshevich were wrongly tossed.

A Los Angeles judge determined last year that Stern never had an intent to defraud when he obtained prescriptions for Smith using his name as well as the names of others for privacy reasons.

On Thursday, the appellate court ruled that the charges for both defendants should be reinstated.

It remains to be seen what will happen next with Stern.  The trial judge has multiple options to consider, such as imposing a prison sentence or dismissing the case.  Stern cannot be retried due to double jeopardy.

Smith died of an accidental drug overdose in Florida in February 2007.

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Supreme Court Rules in Anna Nicole Smith's 15-Year Legal Battle

(FILE PHOTO) Anna Nicole Smith arrives at the U.S. Supreme Court February 28, 2006 in Washington, DC. regarding the estate of her late husband, Texas oilman J. Howard Marshall II. Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Chief Justice John Roberts, likening the case to a 19th century Dickens novel, announced Thursday that the court had found against the estate of Anna Nicole Smith, in a nearly 15-year battle waged to win millions of dollars from the estate of her former husband J. Howard Marshall II.

In a highly technical ruling a 5-4 majority of the court found that a bankruptcy court had exceeded its authority in originally awarding Smith over $400 million in damages.

"We conclude," Roberts wrote, "that, although the Bankruptcy Court had the statutory authority to enter judgment on [Anna Nicole Smith's] counterclaim, it lacked the constitutional authority to do so."

Anna Nicole Smith, a former Playboy Playmate, married J. Howard Marshall II (who was 60 years her senior) in 1994, about a year before his death.

Although he gave her money and gifts during their marriage she was not included in his will.

Anna Nicole Smith charged that Pierce Marshall, her husband's son, had fraudulently taken steps to prevent her from inheriting any of her husband's money.

Upon her husband's death she filed a petition for bankruptcy in California. That court originally awarded her $400 million in compensatory damages and $25 million in punitive damages.

Pierce Marshall challenged the award.

However, in 2006 Pierce Marshall died and a year later Anna Nicole Smith died, so the legal proceedings continued on behalf of their estates.

Smith's lawyer said that Thursday's ruling means his client's estate no longer has the right to the millions awarded by the bankruptcy court, but that there are continuing separate proceedings ongoing in other courts that leave open the possibility that Smith's estate could win some money from her former husband's estate.

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Howard K. Stern: Anna Nicole Smith 'Vindicated'

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Howard K. Stern, the boyfriend of former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith, said he immediately thought of Smith when a judge exonerated him of drug conspiracy charges last week.

"It was incredible just because I knew that I was vindicated, Anna was vindicated, who she was as a person was vindicated," Stern said in an exclusive interview with Good Morning America. "I was looking up at the sky and in my mind I was talking to her... it's been a long, tough road."

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Perry declared that Stern never had the intent to defraud when he used his name and others to obtain prescriptions for Smith while keeping her privacy intact.

The judge's dismissal of a previous verdict that found Smith guilty of those charges brings an end to a four-year legal battle that began in the wake of Smith's accidental drug overdose in 2007.

In life, Smith, the blonde, vivacious model and reality star, always stole the spotlight and Howard K. Stern loved to live in her shadow, by her side in good times and in bad.

"She was my best friend, my lover, the mother of my daughter, everything to me, I mean literally everything, my whole world," Stern said.

They first met in 1995 when Stern joined the then 26-year-old bombshell's legal team. Smith was fighting for $800 million from her 93-year-old deceased husband's estate.

"I'm not a gold digger….I went out and made something of myself and people don't appreciate that," Smith told ABC News in an interview 10 years ago.

Stern would take Smith's case all the way to the Supreme Court where they won a moral victory, but no money.

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Anna Nicole Smith's Boyfriend Cleared of Drug Conviction

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Nearly four years after Anna Nicole Smith's death, a judge dismissed the drug conspiracy convictions of her psychiatrist, Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, and boyfriend/lawyer, Howard K. Stern.

On Thursday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Perry declared that Stern never had the intent to defraud when he used his name and others' to obtain prescriptions for Smith while keeping her privacy intact.

Perry also found that Eroshevich, who obtained a Vicodin prescription for Smith under a false name, was acting out of concern for the former Playboy model. Perry sentenced Eroshevich to no more than one year of probation and a $100 fine.

Moments after Perry handed down his ruling, District Attorney Steve Cooley denounced the dismissal of convictions and said he would appeal, saying Perry's decision diminishes the problem of prescription drug abuse.

At a trial last October, Eroshevich was convicted of unlawfully prescribing Vicodin by fraud. Stern was found guilty of giving false names and acting by fraud to obtain prescriptions. During the same hearing, Smith's doctor, Sandeep Kapoor, was acquitted on all counts he faced.

The defendants were charged with conspiracy, excessive prescribing of opiates and sedatives to an addict, and fraudulently obtaining drugs by using false names.

Lawyers for Stern, Kapoor and Eroshevich argued during the trial that their clients were innocent because they were only helping someone with documented pain and depression.

Smith was found dead of a prescription drug overdose in February 2007. Her troubles with prescription drugs were well known. Though her E! reality TV show earned high ratings, she made headlines for appearing intoxicated in public, including at the 2004 American Music Awards.

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Anna Nicole Smith's Boyfriend, Psychiatrist Found Guilty of Conspiracy

Howard K. Stern leaves a Los Angeles courthouse after his conviction Oct. 28. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend has been convicted of conspiracy in a case in which he and two doctors were accused of helping to illegally provide the late model with prescription drugs. According to the Los Angeles Times, Howard K. Stern was convicted Thursday by a Los Angeles jury of two conspiracy counts of aiding and abetting doctors. He was found not guilty of charges that he obtained and provided drugs to an addict.

Smith's psychiatrist, Khristine Eroshevich, was convicted of four counts of obtaining medication by fraud. The jury was deadlocked on other charges. Another doctor, Sandeep Kapoor, was acquitted of all charges. Stern and Eroshevich, who face prison time, will be sentenced January 6th.

The verdict was the culmination of a nine-week trial. Smith died of an accidental drug overdose in Florida in February 2007.

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Judge Dismisses Two Charges Against Anna Nicole Smith's Boyfriend 

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- KABC-TV reports a Los Angeles judge on Wednesday dismissed two charges against Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, who along with two doctors has been accused of conspiring to illegally provide the late model with prescription drugs prior to her death in 2007. The judge reportedly threw out a charge of obtaining drugs for Smith by fraud and deceit, as well as part of a conspiracy count against Stern and Dr. Sandeep Kapoor. The rest of the 11 charges faced by Stern, Kapoor and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich have yet to be resolved.  The three defendants, who have pleaded not guilty to the charges, are currently on trial. Closing arguments are expected to begin Monday.  Smith died of an accidental drug overdose in Florida in February 2007.

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