Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter Dannielynn Birkhead showed off an otherworldly resemblance to her late mother on a new 20/20 documentary special.
The 14-year-old girl looked nearly identical to her late mother in newly filmed footage as she retraced her mother’s roots while on a road trip with her father Larry Birkhead, 48.
The special, Tragic Beauty, juxtaposes Birkhead’s trip with Smith’s life story, which came to an end on February 8, 2007, from a drug overdose when she was only 39.
Practically twins: Viewers discovered just how alike the late Anna Nicole Smith looks compared to her daughter Dannielynn Birkhead when 20/20 aired the documentary special Tragic Beauty on Friday
Dannielynn, 14, looked like her mother’s doppelgänger in newly filmed footage as she retraced her mother’s roots while on a road trip with her father Larry Birkhead, 48
Dannielynn was only five months old at the time of her mother’s death.
The teen’s journey takes her and her father back to Anna’s early homes in Texas.
The blond beauty was born in Houston and spent her early school years there, but she moved to the small town of Mexia to live with her grandmother when she started high school.
The father–daughter duo also visited some of Anna’s favorite places around Los Angeles.
Tragedy: Dannielynn was only five months old at the time of her mother’s death of an accidental drug overdose in 2007 at age 39
Early days: Dannielynn and Larry visit Anna’s Texas roots, including Mexia, where she went to live with her grandmother when she started high school
‘Dannielynn’s a teenager now, and she doesn’t really know a ton of things about her mom,’ Larry says to explain his trip.
‘Anna should be remembered as this larger-than-life figure that was really a caring, giving person, a beautiful lady who loved her fans and loved her family.’
As part of his goal of remember the model at her best, Larry kept many of her prized possessions in a storage locker, which he and his daughter go through.
Journey through the past: ‘Dannielynn’s a teenager now, and she doesn’t really know a ton of things about her mom,’ Larry says to explain his trip
‘Anna should be remembered as this larger-than-life figure that was really a caring, giving person, a beautiful lady who loved her fans and loved her family.’ Larry kept many of her prized possessions in a storage locker, which he and his daughter go through
In addition to scenes featuring Dannielynn and Larry, the documentary also has extensive interviews with friends of Anna, whose real name was Vickie Lynn Hogan.
Anna’s friend Frankie Rodriguez says in the special that there were constantly ‘two people’ battling within the early reality star.
‘There was Vickie Lynn Marshall and Anna Nicole Smith,’ he explains. ‘Any kinda camera, you just yelled out her name, “Anna Nicole.” When she turned around, it was on the spot; you saw Anna Nicole.
‘The minute that camera left, it was a whole other person. She was back to Vickie Lynn,’ he continued. ‘I [am] very fortunate to have met and gotten to know Vickie Lynn… How she did it, I don’t know. But whatever she was doing, it was making everybody watch.’
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On the road: Dannielynn and Larry go on a road trip in the documentary, with stops in Texas and Los Angeles
A look back: He has always been by his daughter’s side; seen in 2019
He did it all: Larry has been a single parent to Dannielynn; seen out shopping on Robertson Blvd. in Los Angeles in late 2007
The special features reporting by ABC News Senior National Affairs Correspondent Deborah Roberts, the two-hour program takes a ‘comprehensive look at Anna Nicole through new interviews with those closest to her, never-before-seen and rarely seen video, as well as material from the ABC News archives.’
20/20 also reports on the ‘dichotomy between who Anna Nicole was in the spotlight and who she was in private as Vickie Lynn Smith, her rise to fame, life in the limelight, her tragic death in Florida and the unanswered questions about her death,’ the statement shared.
Anna died from an accidental drug overdose in 2007 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
All grown up: Larry has brought his daughter up since she was a baby, as she was only five months old when Anna died
The way she was: Smith with her mom Virgie Arthur. Anna Nicole, whose real name was Vickie Lynn Hogan, grew up in Texas
One year ago Birkhead was featured in the new Lifetime movie Hopelessly in Love: Anna Nicole Smith and Larry Birkhead.
During the special he revealed the last thing that the Playboy pinup told him.
‘She sent me an [instant message on AOL Instant Messenger]. She said, “Don’t fall in love again,”‘ he confessed. ‘And then she had a crying face and then she signed off. That’s the last time I spoke to her.’
At the time, the Guess model was pregnant with their daughter Dannielynn.
Smith was in the Bahamas to get away from public attention.
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‘My goal at the time was to try to get her to come back to the U.S. from the Bahamas, and I had almost got her to that place of saying that she would do it,’ he told
‘We still had that connection and she was really more curious about what I was doing at the time, the last time I spoke with her. I told her that I was going on a tour with a country artist, this female country artist.
‘She wanted to know all about her,’ he added.
‘”Who is she, what does she look like?” It was one of those things where she was kind of getting a little jealous about it and she started crying about it,’ he said.
‘And that same day she had to go to the emergency room because she was so upset. She actually gave birth early to my daughter because of her getting so upset at that time.’
That is when she sent him the ‘Don’t fall in love again’ message.
Dannielynn was born on September 7, 2006.
Three days later Smith’s 20-year-old son Daniel — who had a different father — died suddenly from an accidental drug overdose.
He just happened to be visiting Anna and Dannielynn at the hospital.
Larry and Anna met at the Kentucky Derby in 2003. When they met again a year later at the same Derby, they clicked. ‘In my mind I thought, there’s no way Anna Nicole, who could have her pick of any guy in here, is interested in me,’ he relayed.
He then met up with her in Nebraska for an event.
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‘It wasn’t a red carpet event, it was more her one on one with the kids and she was a different person,’ he said. ‘This was not wild, wacky zany Anna Nicole. It’s someone who had more of a purpose to them than being a punchline on television.’
Their first kiss was ‘surreal.’
‘The first night I was alone with Anna, she told me she thought I was an angel sent to help her,’ he said.
They went on vacation in 2005 but ‘that thing went downhill fast’ because he was spending time with a friend who ‘kind of looked like Marilyn Monroe.’
‘I think Anna just got jealous, Anna thought it was competition,’ he said.
They were off and on until she got pregnant.
He also said that earlier she had a miscarriage probably because her overall health was not good.
Sad loss: Smith’s 20-year-old son Daniel – who had a different father – died suddenly from an accidental drug overdose. Seen in 1999
‘She had seizures and she would get migraines, her hands would swell, she would have back pain because of her breast implant surgery,’ said Larry.
‘There was always something she would take. I questioned it early on, like, You’re taking a lot of medicine. She was like, You don’t understand, assured me everything was great, but I was still worried.’
When she became pregnant with Dannielynn, she ‘was talking to her doctor and her doctor said, ‘No, you have to stay on these medicines, if you don’t you can go into a seizure and lose the baby,’ said Larry.
Anna also told him to not talk about her pregnancy.
‘I couldn’t say a word to anybody because the last thing she thought people wanted to see was a pregnant diet pill spokesperson,’ he said.
At the time she was a rep for TrimSpa.
‘It was eating me up, we went months without being able to say anything,’ he said.
Her lawyer Howard K Stern seemed to get in the way, making sure paparazzi photos of Anna and Larry did not get out.
Larry also says he and Anne were talking about marriage. They got in a fight, however, and Anna went to the Bahamas. It was the last time Larry saw her alive.
‘It was almost scripted,’ said Larry, ‘She was like, “I’m not coming back home and this isn’t your baby.” That was like a knife going through me.’
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But they still talked.
Anna died of an overdose in a Florida hotel room. Larry found out while watching TV in his dentist’s office.
‘I was in denial about it, I said, I think I can fix this, I think I can fix this. I want to get on a plane, I can fix this,’ he remembered thinking.
The funeral took place in the Bahamas in March. ‘It was sad, just to see her laying there. She had a pink dress on, a tiara,’ he said. ‘We were all asked to write, if we wanted to, something to put in the casket. I told her in the note I was going to take care of our daughter and I listed some of the things we did, the fun times, some of the songs we listened to and I just poured it all out. Put the note in the casket, they lowered the casket down and that was it.’