Celebrity bankruptcy: Anna Nicole Smith

Legally known as Vickie Lynn Marshall, she was better known as the Playboy Playmate who married an 89-year-old oil tycoon. When her eldery, wealthy husband died one year later, his will left her with nothing. Shortly thereafter, she lost a default judgment of $830,000 in a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by her former nanny, an expense that forced the high-living bombshell into bankruptcy. And lawsuits. Many, many lawsuits. When one case that outlived the Playmate (deceased since 2007) reached the Supreme Court for the third and final time in 2011, Chief Justice John Roberts called it Dickensian, comparing it to "Bleak House."
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