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Court: Anna Nicole Smith's estate will see none of $300M

March 19, 2010 |  1:32 pm

Anna nicoleThe $300 million Anna Nicole Smith claimed her elderly billionaire husband left her will not go to Smith's estate, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has decided.

The court on Friday supported a 2001 Texas verdict and ordered that court decisions about the fate of the money made subsequent to that verdict should be ignored.

Smith and oil magnate J. Howard Marshall were married for 14 months before he died in 1994 at age 89, and lawsuits related to the estate -- from Smith and from one of Marshall's sons -- hit the fan shortly after his death. Smith died of a drug overdose in 2007; Dannielynn Birkhead, 3, her daughter with photographer Larry Birkhead, would have been the recipient of any money. 

In other Anna Nicole news, plans for an opera of her life -- as in, British Royal Opera, not soap opera -- were announced last week.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Anna Nicole Smith in 2004. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press.

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