26-year-old Anna Nicole Smith and 89-year-old J. Howard Marshall marrying in 1994

ann nicole smith marrying
ann nicole smith marrying

26-year-old Anna Nicole Smith married octogenarian billionaire J. Howard Marshall one year before his death. Smith met Marshall in 1991 while she was performing at a strip club in Houston, Texas.

The two carried on a two year affair that saw Marshall lavish Smith with gifts while supposedly asking her to marry him multiple times. Smith finally said yes in ’94 and the two tied the knot in Houston. As you can imagine Marshall’s children weren’t happy about Smith getting a cut of their large inheritance.

At the time she claimed that she and Marshall had an oral agreement that she would receive half of his estate – worth about $1.6 billion. Without mention in his will, Anna Nicole Smith was never able to claim a portion of the inheritance.