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August 11, 2022

‘20/20’ Reports on Anna Nicole Smith’s Rise to Fame, Life in the Limelight, and Tragic Death

‘20/20’ Airs Friday, Aug. 12 (9:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC

Years after iconic model, actress and reality star Anna Nicole Smith’s death, “20/20” followed her then 14-year-old daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead, as she visited the most influential places in Anna Nicole’s life with her father, Larry Birkhead. On the journey, they traveled to Mexia, Texas, where Anna Nicole spent part of her childhood. They met her high school friend and saw the places she frequented before becoming famous. While in Los Angeles, they visited several sentimental locations, and Dannielynn saw some of Anna Nicole’s memorabilia from her life and career, tucked away in a storage locker following her death. Featuring reporting by ABC News senior national affairs correspondent Deborah Roberts, the two-hour program takes a comprehensive look at Anna Nicole through interviews with those closest to her, 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. “20/20” airs on Friday, Aug. 12 (9:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC OAD: 2/5/21)


ABC News’ “20/20” is an award-winning primetime program anchored by David Muir and Amy Robach. A proven leader as a long-form newsmagazine for over 40 years, “20/20” features unforgettable, character-driven true-crime mysteries, exclusive newsmaker interviews, hard-hitting investigative reports and in-depth coverage of high-profile stories. The two-hour “20/20” events air Fridays from 9:01-11:00 p.m. EDT on ABC and are available to stream on ABC News digital platforms and Hulu.


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