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Dannielynn Birkhead: Anna Nicole Smith's daughter keen on Hollywood career

'If she does anything, it will be on her terms,' Dannielynn Birkhead’s father Larry Birkhead said
UPDATED AUG 25, 2021
Dannielynn Birkhead is in awe of her mother’s success in Hollywood (Getty Images/ Michael Loccisano and Matthew Peyton)
Dannielynn Birkhead is in awe of her mother’s success in Hollywood (Getty Images/ Michael Loccisano and Matthew Peyton)

Late actor Anna Nicole Smith's teenage daughter Dannielynn Birkhead is in awe of her mother’s success and would like to make her career in Hollywood, but on her own terms, her father Larry Birkhead has said. Dannielynn is 15-year-old and in the care of her father after the famous model died due to an accidental overdose in February 2007. She was just 39.

Larry has given some details about his daughter’s interest and in an interview with In Touch Weekly magazine, the photographer said: “There are times when she'll say, 'I wish I could be on that.' Like when she watched Stranger Things and The Umbrella Academy.” He also added, “If she does anything, it will be on her terms. She's determined to be her own person.”


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Actress and model Anna Nicole Smith attends the 130th Running of the Kentucky Derby May 1, 2004 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Mike Simons/Getty Images)

The 48-year-old dad also explained how genuinely Dannielynn admires her mother’s work, which included her work in films like ‘The Hudsucker Proxy’ and ‘Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult’, and modeling for brands like Guess, H&M, Heatherette, and Lane Bryant.

“We went into the Guess store the other day, and Dannielynn saw a big poster of Anna and said, 'Oh boy, she nailed that shot.' She understands her mom was a model, and she appreciates that,” Larry noted.

Dannielynn Birkhead and Larry Birkhead attend the 143rd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 6, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)

Larry also acclaimed Smith's fans for keeping her memory alive but mentioned that Dannielynn is the most important part of her legacy. He stated, “The fans do a lot. they remember all of her birthdays - even the sad days like the anniversary of her passing. But I think Dannielynn is a big part of it. She is Anna's legacy.”

Model Anna Nicole Smith poses outside her birthday party at 9000 Sunset Blvd. on November 21, 2003 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Klein/Getty Images)

This comes a year after the teenager had shared with DailyMail that she may follow in her mother's footsteps. Speaking with DailyMail TV host Jesse Palmer, Dannielynn said: “It's really cool to like, act as a character and not yourself. It's like portraying a new person. It's fun.” Palmer later spoke about the interview to ET and called Dannielynn a sweet teenager who resembles her late mother. “It'll be interesting to see what happens for her,” the TV personality added.


Palmer also shared that Larry “is raising her [Dannielynn] in Kentucky, trying to give her this normal life away from the spotlight. So it’s a great catch up.” The former professional football player said that Larry does everything to make his daughter understand how her mother was. “There are some tokens throughout the house in her memory and in her honor. He talks with his daughter a lot about who her mom was [and] what she did,” Palmer stated while noting that Larry also had to keep a check on what the teenager is reading and seeing on social media about her mother's past.

Dannielynn Birkhead (L) and former model Larry Birkhead attend the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)

Meanwhile, recently in May, Dannielynn was seen dressed in a bright blue Jovani suit paired with an elaborate white headpiece, sparkly ballet flats, and a matching face mask while attending the Kentucky Derby with her father. Larry took to Instagram to share pictures with her daughter from the event. He wrote, “It’s that time of year again. The @kentuckyderby weekend is here! Even though our favorite event The Barnstable-Brown Party won’t be back until next year, we decided to head out on this beautiful day to Churchill Downs racetrack in preparation for The Kentucky Derby.”


“Dannielynn ‘finished first’ in her @jovanifashions pant suit and a beautiful white flowered fascinator. She said she wanted to wear something entirely different than she had in the past. I guess that means no more ‘little girl’ dresses?? She cleaned out the chocolate brownies, ice cream and nachos while at the same time critiquing my outfit,” Larry added.