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Anna Nicole's Coffin Finally Gets to Church

3/2/2007 1:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The hearse containing the body of Anna Nicole Smith arrived just moments ago at the Sandy Port community church in the Bahamas, where hundreds of mourners will pay their last respects to Anna Nicole.

Anna's mother, Virgie Arthur, arrived with the casket, though her lawyers essentially tried to stop the funeral before the body arrived. A few minutes ago, the casket was carried up to the church on a long red carpet, Hollywood premiere-style. The casket was draped in a pink cloth of some kind, with long ribbons and feathers. Neither Howard K. Stern nor Larry Birkhead were pallbearers.

The brown casket was ferried to the church in a white hearse, guided by a police motorcycle and followed by a white Bentley sedan, snaking its way up the Bahamian coastline.

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61.

Patty    

#18...Your discusting....May your words come back and get you...Your a sick excuse of a human being....!!!

2760 days ago
62.

Aisling    


FOR ANNA AND DANIELLYNN XXXXXXX


A gentle wind blew cross the land
Reaching out to take a hand
For on the winds the angels came
Calling out a mother's name.

Left behind, the children's tears
Loving memories of the years
Of joy and love, a life well spent
And now to God a mother's sent.

On angel's wings, a heavenly flight
The journey home, towards the light
To those who weep, a life is gone
But in God's love, 'tis but the dawn.

Rest in peace Anna


2760 days ago
63.

Madison    

Details of my funeral will be as followed:Prior to my death I
will
very stratgically seek out an elderly gentleman with loads of
$$$$,that he will shower me with, as I dress and act provocatively
for. I must take in many mind altering pills and consume gallons of
spirituos drink to " make this an OK way of life". After all doesn't
everyone do it. Prior to my honey bunnie slipping six feet under on a
banana peel, I will have him sign away his fortune , after all it cost
alot to be ME. My pharmacy bill speaks volumes.I spend years
pretending to be the most desirable woman in all the world , ask my
neighbors?Suddenly I have taken ill and th entire world is captivated
by my untimely death . Some happy, for those, I could not fool, they
saw my true colors. But wait ........ there are some loyal followers
the ones wearing rose colored glasses , the ones that I could
actually mentor. My best friends . They will have the honor of
knowing that I have worked really hard to deserve such a send off ,
after all isn't that how all women live their lives.

2760 days ago
64.

Heather    

Good bye Sweet Anna, my you finally have some peace and dignity in death that you never obtained in life.

2760 days ago
65.

Lisa    

I have to say I was never a true follower of Anna Nicole but have been mesmerized by the legal drama in her life over the years. She seems so much to be a woman who was trying find someone to lve her unconditional for who she was not WHAT SHE HAD.....I truly believe she had that obviously from her son BUT also from Howard Stern. Her mother is a disgusting display of Motherhood and should be banned from even coming into the Bahamas in the future. I do believe that considering the LACK of mothering ANNA had she did a fabulous job raising her son and would have done the same with DanielLynn. I would just say that Howard DESERVES respect and empathy in a time when everyone seems to believe he is evil yet he is not.....I think he simply seems to need help learning to have a life without her and he is truly in love with Anna and she WAS HIS WORLD......

2760 days ago
66.

MTgirl    

I'll bet one that keeps going through Howard's mind is.... just 2 more weeks, just 2 weeks - -- if Anna had died 2 weeks later - he'd be the husband - and everything would be his - Oh yeah - he'd have to do a will since her 2001 will said she specifically disinherited future spouses. But sounded like he was prepping her for that.

If I were Larry's lawyer, I'd be
1. Rounding up a good accountant to do an audit of Anna's estate. Anna said she wasn't going to sign a mortgage and PAY for the house she was living in, so what's happened to the 600,000? that they got for pictures and all those other appearances.

Some accountant at ET knows what's going on, but it's interesting.

2. Be firm and make sure you have an executor with clean heart/clean hands. The last thing Dannielynn needs is to be saddled with creepy Uncle Howie for life.

3. Get that baby's hair check checked for drugs administered to her since she was born, check to see if she's even gotten her standard immunizations for newborns.

4. Forget about going for the jugular with the Marshall estate - settle quickly.

5. Give Howie something in exchange for him staying out of the picture in the future. He's going to make zillions off of book deals and appearances - and he definitely needs the bucks for some serious therapy.

6. Ask for a million to be given in Anna's name to the hospital she went to

7. Let Dannielynn know her grandmother. Everyone says Daniel was a fairly decent kid - well the most formative years of a kid's life are from 1-7 years - and while Anna was modeling and stripping - and yet still had Vergie visiting her and being part of her life - Daniel was being raised by her. But she got the advice from her mother - to let Anna begin taking care of Daniel - and while many people might have hung on and said no - look at her life - she helped that transition happen by asking Daniel if he would do it.

She's been whipsawed a lot - and sure I don't like the last minute attempt to stop this.
Basically burying Anna in the Bahamas is not about "Daniel's there" - Daniel's there because burying him in California where he lived and going back to California would have taken Howard back to California back to where Anna and Howard would have to submit to California laws.

In 5 years - unless Howard is still hanging out to avoid murder investigations - he's going to be living in California trying to shake the Marshall money tree. Larry's not planning to live in the Bahamas either.

But the tour operators will be able to make some money and so maybe that will be Anna's last act of charity.

What do you think?

2760 days ago
67.

Darryl    

Come on all of you Anna made money off all of us with her bimbo show and money off of her boobs and the old billionaire...let her family make a few bucks. The only reason she was in the Bahamas in the first place was to escape anyone that would try to help her get off drugs and the drug testing that would have happened on the baby. It was quite evident with the clown video that HKS took she was high....and HKS facilitated the situation with his comments, "remember Anna this is worth money" and "Anna are you on mushrooms". Just pray that the baby gets away from HKS.

2760 days ago
68.

Sad    

Well, even FOX NEWS is trashing ET's interviews with Howard & Anna! And Stern Pressures Larry TODAY to sign a deal!!

Howard K. Stern Plays Hardball With Larry Birkhead
Friday, March 02, 2007

By Roger Friedman

AP

Anna Nicole: Stern Pressures Larry to Sign Deal

Anna Nicole Smith's two baby daddies (I don't know what else to call them) continue to be in a tug-of-war this morning, even as their beloved cash cow is readied for burial.

Overnight, attorney Howard K. Stern — whose hold on the situation is starting to slip — has been strong-arming photographer Larry Birkhead to do a couple of things: keep Birkhead's legal reps out of Anna Nicole Smith's Bahamas funeral, sign a contract deal with "Entertainment Tonight" and acquiesce even further regarding the future of baby Danniellynn.

Stern, as I told you the other day, has already had one secret meeting with Birkhead in which he cut out the photographer's lawyers.

I'm told that Stern has kept up the pressure on Birkhead, actually presenting him with contracts, sources say, in which Birkhead would join Stern for more exclusive interviews on "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider."

"Howard wanted Larry to sign so that it looked like everyone was in agreement, and that it wasn't just Howard benefiting from these deals," my source said. "Larry said the baby's guardian should sign the papers for him and the baby, but he wouldn't. So then Larry wouldn't."

At the same time, Stern is trying to negotiate separately with Birkhead, away from his attorneys, to sign a deal by which Stern would continue to be in baby Danniellyn's life and oversee her finances.

Stern, my sources say, is working as quickly as he can to effect these agreements before he has to turn over the baby to Birkhead, her biological father.

Sources say that Birkhead's representatives are considering taking legal action against Stern's side to prevent further communication between the two sides as soon as today.

The problem, sources also say, is that Birkhead — a novice in these games — continues to be intimidated by Stern.

"Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider," both owned by CBS Paramount Television, have denied paying for interviews. But I'm told their method – it's semantics — is to "license" footage either directly from Stern or through a third party.

Recently, "ET" used Solana Productions of Southern California in such a deal. Neither Solana or anyone from CBS Paramount answered calls yesterday.

Anna Nicole: Dead, and For Sale

Today, Anna Nicole Smith — a ridiculous person who accomplished just about nothing in her life — will be buried in the Bahamas.

There are several wars taking place all over the world, not to mention famines; artists are hard at work, movies are opening, buildings are going up, diseases are being investigated. But hey: Anna Nicole is being buried, and "Entertainment Tonight" will be there for every cheesy second of it.

That's because "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider," two half-hour shows syndicated by CBS's Paramount TV, have paid a high price for this honor.

Real insiders (not the kind you have to pay for info) tell me that Paramount TV cut the deal with Howard K. Stern, Anna Nicole's lawyer and Svengali, right after her son Daniel died of a methadone overdose in her Bahamian hospital room last September.

Paramount TV has denied this, somewhat passively, so far. But my sources say it they paid Stern around $3 million initially, and that this was renegotiated right after Anna Nicole herself died on February 8th of this year.

Of course, we could believe that Stern — who in court told clueless Florida probate judge Larry Seidlin that he was living off his parents — just loves "ET." Anything's possible.

But the reality is that Anna Nicole's death has proven to be a ratings-sweep godsend.

Linda Bell Blue, the show's executive producer, previously helmed Paramount's ugly tabloid show, "Hard Copy." For years she's had to sit through Mary Hart's tedious, publicist-arranged interviews with low-level TV stars, just waiting for this moment: a huge celebrity death, in a sweeps month, and already contracted for!

As recently as last night, "ET" correspondent Mark Steines was reporting "from inside" Anna Nicole's Bahamas mansion — no mention of the fact that it didn't belong to her, and that the landlord is kicking everyone out.

Steines had "the inside scoop" about the B-list country singer who would serenade Anna Nicole into the next life, the color of her burial gown ("pink!") and what would be inside the coffin (with any luck, Anna Nicole).

Steines performs these interviews — as he has since last Nov. 1, when he had his first "exclusive" after Smith's son, Daniel,

2760 days ago
69.

Gemini    

TO #18: It sounds as if you're the one that belongs in a mobile home. I mean a psychiatric ward. LOL You have some deep issues. It must suck to be you.

2760 days ago
70.

jf    

Watch MSNBC for the lastest coverage of the Anna Nicole Smith funeral.

2760 days ago
71.

Madison    

What is the world coming to when we reward someone in death for
their bad choices in life? I must learn the ropes of this business and
perhaps I too can have many persons with rose colored glasses
worshipping me for taking advantage of others with my little girl pity
party voice and my Bambi eyes , as they weep over my
taria.................

2760 days ago
72.

Madison    

Details of my funeral will be as followed: Prior to my death I
will very stratgically seek out an elderly gentleman with loads of
$$$$,that he will shower me with, as I dress and act provocatively
for. I must take in many mind altering pills and consume gallons of
spirituos drink to " make this an OK way of life". After all doesn't
everyone do it. Prior to my honey bunnie slipping six feet under on a
banana peel, I will have him sign away his fortune , after all it cost
alot to be ME. My pharmacy bill speaks volumes. I spend years
pretending to be the most desirable woman in all the world , ask my
neighbors? Suddenly I have taken ill and th entire world is captivated
by my untimely death . Some happy, for those, I could not fool, they
saw my true colors. But wait ........ there are some loyal followers
the ones wearing rose colored glasses , the ones that I could
actually mentor. My best friends . They will have the honor of
knowing that I have worked really hard to deserve such a send off ,
after all isn't that how all women live their lives.

2760 days ago
73.

L.K.    

I agree with Nicole (posted at 11:20am). Did anyone else notice that once the pallbearers got to the end of the red carpet and they were preparing to wheel her into the church the sun suddenly came out and there was a ray of sunshine that shined on her casket. Wow!! Talk about being in the spot light one last time. At least now she cam finally rest. GB Anna and Baby Daniellynne.

2760 days ago
74.

jf    

Anna did a fabulous job raising her son Daniel? He died at the age of 20 from a drug overdose. Oh, and by the way.... Where did he get the drugs? Anna's medicine cabinet? ANS also hired two escorts to have sex with her son. She was concerned that Daniel was still a virgin. She supplied drugs and sex to her son. Danielynn was underfed so she would be "slim and sexy". A fabulous mother? I don't think so!

2760 days ago
75.

LucieLee    

This funeral is in such bad taste.......it looks as if she was a government official, or even royalty...when she obviously was not...........This could all be for naught......if Daniel's dad has his way...and brings his son's body home to TX

2760 days ago
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