The sad saga of Anna Nicole Smith continues. War has broken out between Larry Birkhead and Howard K. Stern, and former news anchor Rita Cosby. Her new book, Blonde Ambition, accuses the two of being gay lovers, and cutting a deal giving custody of baby Dannielynn to Birkhead, and making Stern executor of Smith's estate. And what about that Texas doctor who is trying to release a video documenting Anna undergoing cosmetic surgery? Everyone is trying to jump on the bandwagon, so it is refreshing to report that a new 2-hour movie about Anna Nicole, produced by Nasser Entertainment, is really a tribute to the tragic beauty. This film focuses on the positive side of her life, not on the trash.
|Patricia & Richard Herd|
It details the story of her Rags to Riches climb, but most of all it is about her unconditional love for her son, Daniel.Willa Ford, who makes her dramatic debut in the flick, is perfect as Anna. She transcends from a shy, brunette teenager, to the bigger than life blonde bombshell with ease; and her scenes with veteran actor Richard Herd (who portrays J. Howard Marshall) show a side of Anna which have never been displayed before.
|Producer Joseph Nasser, actors Patrick Ryan Anderson and Tyler Neitzel at premiere of "The Anna Nicole Smith Story" at 20th Century Fox|
Ford was not at the premiere at 20th Century Fox, as she was honeymooning with pro hockey player Mike Modano. However, the cast of characters, led by Bobby Trendy (who wore more makeup than anyone) was more fun than the movie. He was accompanied by Mary Carey) the porn star who once ran for Governor, and former wrestler and reality star, Chyna Doll, who co-starred in Ann's last movie, Illegal Aliens. Enjoyed meeting Patrick Ryan Anderson, who made his acting debut playing Anna's son, Daniel. His performance was so outstanding; he was booked for a recurring role on Hannah Montana, which airs on the Disney Channel. Besides pursing his acting career, Patrick is in his junior year at Loyola Marymont University.
|Bobby Trendy & friend at premiere|
A few nights later attended a cocktail party and art auction for Real Medicine Foundation at Lladro Gallery on RodeoDrive. Founded by Dr. Martina Fuchs, this organization provides assistance for people around the globe during emergency situations. The good doctor was inspired by the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka, and flew to the area to help as many people as she could. She now has a fleet of about 80 people, most of them doctors, based in far-flung countries.
|Dr. Martina Fuchs and Dr. Bruce Hensel (NBC Medical Reporter) at Lladro Gallery|
Works by Picasso, Warhol, Chagall, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon (to name a few) were up for auction to help the cause. Some of the celebrated guests included Matthew Perry (Friends), Lisa Edelstein (House) and Paul Allen (Co-Creator of Microsoft). Awards were presented to Merck & Co., California State Assemblyman Mervyn M. Dymally, Janet & Tom Sexton and Jade Brenner-Katz for their contributions to support those in need. For further information please check out their website at www.realmedicinefoundation.org. Their motto is "Friends helping Friends". A most worthwhile endeavor on the Hollywood Beat.