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Feb 18, 2011

Anna Nicole Smith Opera Debuts in London

Though it's been four years since model Anna Nicole Smith's unfortunately death, she's in the spotlight once again -- this time thanks to an opera about her own life. The "rags-to-riches" story of Smith's rise to fame -- titled 'Anna Nicole' -- debuted at London's Royal Opera House last night to a sold-out house.
"She is fame incarnate," the show's lyricist Richard Thomas told CNN about Smith and her life story. "It is a rags-to-riches story and a cautionary tale all chucked into a blender and whooshed up with three bags of sugar and two bottles of tequila and poured over a two-hour time frame."

Smith famously married multimillionaire J. Howard Marshall, who was 62 years her senior, and endured a lengthy court battle for his estate. She passed away suddenly due to a drug overdose in 2007 at age 39.

Thomas, along with composer Mark-Anthony Turnage aim to show a new side to the blond bombshell's life.

"It's a very universal story," Thomas said. "I wanted to tell a story about a single mom. She makes some good choices. She makes some bad choices. Then she runs out of choices."

"I hope it comes through that we, as writers, love her," Turnage added.

However, the men behind the 'Anna Nicole' opera are quick to add that the show is meant only as pure entertainment and not as fact. Source


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