Thursday, March 08, 2007

Anybody else catch the replay of the Christmas videotape (Extra TV) of J. Howard Marshall relaying his last will wishes regarding Vickie Lynn??

We did, and subsequently did more digging.

Anna Nicole, J. Howard Marshall Tape Surfaces
November 17, 2005

"Extra" has the never-before-seen images and sounds of billionaire J. Howard Marshall, whose candid appearance on tape could cost Anna Nicole Smith nearly a half billion dollars.

The video was shot inside what was once Anna Nicole's sprawling 15-acre ranch just outside of Houston on Christmas morning, 1992.

Separated by 63 years, but united for their first Christmas together, J. Howard Marshall opens a string of unusual chachkes from Anna Nicole.

Then, Anna Nicole gets down to business, saying, "Go ahead, Howard, start talking. What you told me last night."

In a shocking turn of events, Anna Nicole then urges J. Howard to deliver a last will and testament on videotape, stating, "I, Howard Marshall, being of disposing mind, express this, my last will and testament. I love you."

As the video rolls on, J. Howard says, "And everything else that I have ever given her."

Elaine Tabers, Anna Nicole's aunt, came straight to "Extra" with the video will, in which J. Howard does not promise Anna Nicole half of his fortune.

"I heard him say he wanted her taken care of," Tabers said. "And he wanted her to have things she never had. Many times he said that."

"[The tape] seemed like an inappropriate time," Tabers continued. "Christmas morning, opening gifts."

Tabers said she and her husband saw plenty of surreal scenes play out while they lived with Anna Nicole at her ranch for nearly two years. They even served as unofficial photographers at J. Howard and Anna Nicole's secret wedding.

While Tabers said she does not consider Anna Nicole a gold digger, she did say, "I think it was like putting a child in a candy store and saying, 'Here's all this candy, get whatever you want. You can have as much as you want for as long as you want.'"

Now, Tabers' video of J. Howard's Christmas will and testament could end up closing that candy store forever. Anna Nicole is headed for a showdown in the U.S. Supreme Court against Pierce Marshall, J. Howard's son. At stake is the $474 million that Anna Nicole says was promised to her by J. Howard.

But so far, there is no video of that comment.

Tabers does not think Anna Nicole deserves half of the money, and she thinks the court will agree. "Pierce will spend every bit of it fighting her in court and nobody will have any," she said. "He has his own money, and he will spend what was left I believe before he lets her have it."

Tabers also told us about a "pre-honeymoon" trip the couple took, during which J. Howard got an early wedding gift when the one-time topless dancer surprised him in his room.

"She came out about 30 minutes afterward and the nurse went in to check on him, and she comes to the door and says, 'Ya'll need to come help me,'" Tabers recalled. "And we're going, 'Oh God, is he dead?' We walked in and his pajamas had been ripped open and the buttons were all over the floor, and he was passed out."

Tabers said that while living in Anna Nicole's guest house for two years, she and her husband saw bizarre scene after bizarre scene, like Anna Nicole piloting her octogenarian husband around on an ATV on the front driveway.

They even videotaped J. Howard's Christmas morning will

And why is nobody catching on to what makes a marriage a legal contract - it isn't a piece of paper, people...

August 1, 1994 People Archives Anna Nicole Smith Weds J. Howard Marshall II (1994)
The Houston oilman and former Playboy Playmate pledge their love before 11 people
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August 21, 1995 People Archives Anna Nicole Smith Buries Husband (1995)
After burying oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II, widow Anna Nicole Smith says she'll fight for control of his estate

By Anne Maier and Laurel Brubaker Calkins,,1536410_20011450,00.html

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“IT IS THEREFORE, ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED by the Court as a matter of law that VICKIE LYNN MARSHALL, A/K/A ANNA NICOLE SMITH, does not possess any interest in and is not entitled to possession of any property within the Estate of J. HOWARD MARSHALL II or any property of the J. Howard Marshall, II, Living Trust because of any representations, promises, or agreements made by J. HOWARD MARSHALL II to or with VICKIE LYNN MARSHALL, A/K/A ANNA NICOLE SMITH;”


“IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED by the Court that J. HOWARD MARSHALL II did not intend to give and did not give to VICKIE LYNN MARSHALL, A/K/A ANNA NICOLE SMITH, a gift or bequest from the Estate of J. HOWARD MARSHALL II or from the J. Howard Marshall, II, Living Trust either prior to or upon his death;”

Anna Nicole Death Timeline
Posted Mar 8th 2007 1:48PM by TMZ Staff
Filed under: Celebrity Justice, Anna Nicole Smith

TMZ has pieced together some of the events that ended in the discovery that Anna Nicole Smith was dead.

Anna's Bodyguard Reveals Secrets Surrounding Death
Posted Mar 7th 2007 3:10PM by TMZ Staff
Filed under: Celebrity Justice, Anna Nicole Smith

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