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Anna Nicole's Grave

The New Graceland?

3/3/2007 5:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Anna Nicole SmithIs Anna Nicole's grave going to be a tourist attraction? A spokesman for the cemetery where Daniel is buried told TMZ that there were now four or five visitors a week at the grave. With the fight over the body, TMZ wondered if there was money to be made in the crypt (so to speak), so we asked the King of the Internet Graveyard, findagrave.com founder, Jim Tipton.

"Most cemeteries wouldn't welcome the additional foot traffic and vandalism," said Tipton, citing the desecration of Jim Morrison's grave at Pere-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, which "now has a security guard ... cemeteries like to have someone historical, not someone as tabloid as Anna."

Asked about the potential for making money from the gravesite, Tipton said

that there are only a few graves where they charge admission, like Princess Diana's or Elvis', where E is buried in the backyard of Graceland. James Brown's family is still undecided about where they're going to bury him. It miffs Tipton that you can't see Richard Nixon's grave without paying admission to his library. "Many cemeteries like having visitors and will give you maps, but in California there's a culture of privacy which extends into death. Forest Lawn is very private, with locked mausoleums," said Jim, "Findagrave.com now helps celebrity 'gravers' locate graves in these cemeteries that are notoriously tourist-unfriendly."

When asked if Anna's grave would be as popular a tourist destination as Princess Diana's or Marilyn's, Tipton said, "Anna's no Diana. In death, she won't have the notoriety that Marilyn has. She will have just a passing interest. There'll be six months of traffic, that's about it. Although her memorial on our pages has been visited almost as much as John Ritter's and Christopher Reeve's." Tipton added that he was glad she was buried in the Bahamas, because he'd like to make a trip there.

While TMZ had the expert on the line, we asked -- who's got the best grave? "Al Jolson's in Culver City is spectacular for its sheer grandeur ... tiered waterfall and a statue of him in his signature one-knee pose."
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Granny    

Anna and Danny will be exhumed upon Stern's arrest for drug and insurance fraud and murder.

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snoop    

IF SO BAHAMA LOVE DIS MOMMA-$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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ANGI    

THIS IS GETTING OUT OF CONTROL W/OLE VIRGIE, WHAT IS HER DAMN PROBLEM? SHE IS A SICKO AND TODAY REALLY SINCHED IT FOR ANYBODY THAT WAS STILL ROOTING FOR HER AND I AM SO GLAD SHE GOT BOO'D IN BAHAMAS!

WHAT A CIRCUS! THIS IS NOTHING LIKE ELVIS' GRACELAND. AT LEAST HE CUT A SONG OR TWO, WHAT THE F*&#???

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ANGI    

Also, I sure hope they get to use the transcripts from the first trial wherein Billy Smith (get a load of this looker, anybody seen him?) said he did NOT want to exhume his son. This is yet another one of the media's schemes to keep us watching this crap.

By the way, I resent that remark about Graceland, being born/raised in Memphis. I want to see the Japanese Prime Minister and president of U.S. go visit ANNA!!

2738 days ago
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ANGI    

Out of all the people this woman "knew" only 100 people (supposedly closest friends only were invited) showed up and half of them were news crews invited by satan herself. Pitiful

No, there will be no money to be made here and no where CLOSE to the money generated by Graceland. Sorry, this one is a sore point for a person born and raised in Memphis, HOME OF THE BLUES!

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c. lang    

I find this last post by TMZ to be down right disgusting. She hasn't even been in the ground 24 hours. The depiction of Anna Nichole on the grave stone is very disrespectful. It's pretty clear TMZ wants the circus to continue. Harvey, your losing your credibility.

2738 days ago
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ANGI    

seriously,

why dont you go lay down and let the pups suck!!! Or Virgie, whichever could stand you!

2738 days ago
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Yeah, you ARE nuts!    

There was nothing special about her, she could be replaced by any blonde from a girls gone wild video.

2738 days ago
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Yeah, you ARE nuts!    

Hefner didn't attend the funeral, he did not invite Anna to the opening of the Playboy club in vegas, in fact he made a joke about her at the opening. Why do any of you think he would have ever let them have that plot for her? If anything he was distancing himself from her for a long time. And why would Marilyn Monroe want an imitator (a bad one at that) buried next to her anymore then Elvis would want a bunch of impersonators buried next to him.

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Melinda Neal    

My comments are very heartfelt about Anna Nicole & Elvis Presley,whom both were very special people! I Loved them both as well,as Marilyn Monroe...People NEED to have more respect when talented & sensitive Entertainers pass away,especially so untimely.My husband and I will miss sweet Anna Nicole/Vickie Lynn-May her soul & beauty rest in Peace,finally with Daniel.I loved her kooky sense of humor & she did look like a Marilyn Monroe type.The music played at her funeral was beautiful & very touching-Loved the snow white doves-Anna,May the Lord watch over you-with his mighty LOVE..love to you always,Melinda N.in Las Vegas...

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CuteAussie    

Could someone please verify if Entertainment Tonight owns the Lakeview Cemetery Anna is buried in with her son?

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houstongal    

The ceremony was so beautiful, Anna was so beautiful. She will have peace now

2738 days ago
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Yeah, you ARE nuts!    

No one is going to think about her twice in a couple of months. She had no talent and the only thing unique about her is she was an amazon sized model in Playboy. No one is going to buy crap with her image on it.

2738 days ago
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glenda    

I want to know what happened to my comment about Lupus on here? I said I have Lupus and that would explain Anna's behavior during her life and even up to the death. The pain is unbareable and if she was on drugs, I can understand that....And knowing how she might have gotten hooked on a drug and then had to come off with meth, might have made a lot of sense. I am concerned for that baby. What about her? Doesn't anyone care if she was hooked? And under wraps all the time. Howard isn't the father or he would have come clean in the beginning. But he has the name. I wonder if Anna knew what papers she was signing during this time and if she gave Dannielynn the Marshall name.........and the remains of Marshal are in the grown......DNA, then what about that? No one comes up with DNA to match.......Howard is listed as father and so he gets everything. Something about him having to try to explain hisself at the furneral.......Fishy .....And the Bahamas just wanted the tourist to come over so that is why they didn't say anything. Next of kin would have been her mom. Say what you will about her mother but a mother never stops loving a child and caring for them and no matter how estranged.......blood is blood.......

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CuteAussie    

As of this writing, no one has given a good explanation why Howard had a copy of Anna Nicole’s last will on file in attorney Ron Rale’s office faxed to him five days before her death. If this faxed will was being sent to Anna for review and updating, could it be that someone was unhappy with changes that were being considered? Close friends of the pinup tell me that Anna wrote at least two later wills that were witnessed by former assistant Kimmie (who is also the witness on the will being presented by Howard). Kimmie tells me that she also recalls Daniel making out a will that she witnessed. Where is it?

Personally, I disagree with Judge Seidlin’s decision about burying Anna Nicole in the Bahamas. I don’t believe Howard or any other family member plans to remain there, so what’s the point? On the other hand, Anna had no recent ties to Texas. Everyone believes that Anna should be buried next to her son, Daniel. Had Anna not fled to the Bahamas to avoid U.S. jurisdiction over Dannielynn’s paternity, she would have stayed in Los Angeles. Since all parties testified that Anna Nicole Smith wanted to be buried near her idol, Marilyn Monroe, then let’s just exhume Daniel and bury both of them in L.A. A decision like this may have been out of the judge’s jurisdiction, but that would have been my choice.

People tell me that Judge Larry Seidlin has been trying to get his own TV show for the past two years and put together a demo reel five months ago.

Oscar-nominee (and wacko) Sally Kirkland has wormed her way into the controversy by stating that Smith was killed by her breast implants! According to Sally, “Silicone played a part in the emotional and physical breakdown of Anna Nicole’s body.” Kirkland states that prior to removing her own implants, she was popping Vicodin like Chiclets, and believes Anna was doing the same with Methadone.


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