Netflix's Anna Nicole Smith Doc Trailer Teases an "Unflinching" Examination of Her Life
A documentary about Anna Nicole Smith will debut on Netflix next month, and the streamer finally released a first look at the film on April 17. The revelatory feature-length documentary, titled "Anna Nicole Smith: You Don't Know Me," will serve as an "unflinching and humanizing examination of the life, death, and secrets" of Smith, born Vickie Lynn Hogan, according to the synopsis — from the Playboy model and reality TV star's rise to stardom to her untimely death in 2007.
Per the trailer, the upcoming documentary features never-before-seen footage of Smith, home movies, and interviews with key figures closest to her who haven't spoken out about the model — until now. It'll also reveal "new insights into the story of the quintessential blonde bombshell hardly anyone really knew."
In January 2022, director Ursula Macfarlane teased what viewers can expect from the upcoming documentary in an interview with Variety. "I approached Anna Nicole's story as an epic mystery tale," Macfarlane said. "How did someone with so much charisma and jaw-dropping beauty, with the world at her feet, fall so far, so quickly? Now feels like the right time to re-examine the life of yet another beautiful young woman whose life has been picked over and ultimately destroyed by our culture."
Smith rose to fame as a former Playmate and Guess model in the '90s, and she drew the public's attention when she married 89-year-old oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II in 1994, when she was 26 years old. She later became a high-profile celebrity whose life often made headlines in the media — including a public battle over her late husband's estate, paternity lawsuits, a drug addiction, and her first child's death. Smith starred on her own reality series, "The Anna Nicole Show," on E! from 2002 to 2003. According to Variety, she was found dead in a Florida hotel room on Feb. 8, 2007, from an accidental drug overdose. She was 39.
Read ahead for everything else we know about Smith's forthcoming documentary, including when it hits Netflix.
Anna Nicole Smith Documentary Trailer
Anna Nicole Smith Documentary Release Date
"Anna Nicole Smith: You Don't Know Me" starts streaming on Netflix on May 16.