Train Wreck: The Life and Death of Anna Nicole Smith

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Train Wreck: The Life and Death of Anna Nicole Smith, is the definitive story of the rise and tragic fall of a woman who became one of the most recognized celebrities in the world because of her voluptuous beauty and her devotion to sex, drugs, money and fame. Donna Hogan, Anna's sister and confidante to Anna and other family members, provides an intimate and mesmerizing view of how her sister broke away from anonymity, poverty and an abusive family, rocketed to fame, and then all-too-soon crashed to her death at...
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Overview

Train Wreck: The Life and Death of Anna Nicole Smith, is the definitive story of the rise and tragic fall of a woman who became one of the most recognized celebrities in the world because of her voluptuous beauty and her devotion to sex, drugs, money and fame. Donna Hogan, Anna's sister and confidante to Anna and other family members, provides an intimate and mesmerizing view of how her sister broke away from anonymity, poverty and an abusive family, rocketed to fame, and then all-too-soon crashed to her death at the age of 39, weighed down by drugs, alcohol, lawsuits, scandal and the unexpected death of her 20-year-old son, Daniel.

Born Vickie Lynn Hogan, she left school in 10th grade, had a son by age 18, became a stripper at 20, and married a billionaire at 26. Vickie transformed herself through plastic surgery and sheer determination into Anna Nicole Smith, Playboys Playmate of the Year in 1993, spokesperson for Guess? Jeans and TrimSpa, and star of The Anna Nicole Show on E! She told everyone that she would be the next Marilyn Monroe and pursued that dream, right to her tragic end.

The sensational life story of one of America's most notorious celebrities - Anna Nicole Smith - told by the woman who knows her best - her sister. The childhood, the secrets and the details of her childhood, rise to fame, marriage to one of the richest men in America, court battles, the death of her son and her new baby.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597775403
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/10/2007
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     i
Prologue     v
Vickie Lynn Hogan     1
The Flat-Chested Stripper     17
Playboy's Playmate of the Year     33
Calendar Signing     47
The Lost Sister     59
J. Howard Marshall II     63
A Fairy Tale Wedding     71
Donna and the Media     81
The Phantom Wife     85
It All Disappeared as Fast as It Came     95
Vickie Takes the Stand     103
Bankrupt     107
Downhill Career     121
Publicist     27
The Anna Nicole Show     131
TrimSpa Baby     139
Anna Stole My Babies!     149
Donald Hogan     159
The Greek Tycoon     167
Train Wreck     171
National Enquirer Columnist     179
The Last Will     183
The Supreme Court Steps In     187
Tragedy     193
Daniel Wayne Smith     205
Bahama Mama Drama     213
The Commitment Ceremony     221
Requiem     233
Epilogue     241
Acknowledgment     247
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2008

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    Don't waste your money buying this book! Who cares about Donna Hogan's life?? By far one of the worst books I've ever read. No wonder Anna Nichole tried to separate herself from this trashy family. Rating this book with one star is one star too many. It deserves zero stars!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2008

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    I would not recommend this book. The author jumped around alot, switching between stories, and at times it seemed she wanted to talk about her life more than Anna Nicole's. Even the pictures were mostly of her, I thought that was a book about her sister? She said some pretty inflamatory things about alot of people, which made me question her credibility. She hadn't talked to her sister in over ten years so she had nothing insightful to say about her later years. Even the editing was bad, words were repeated, in one section a paragraph was repeated. It seemed they were in a big rush to get this book out in order to cash in on her death. Sad...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2007

    I now know why Anna didn't get along with her family!

    This book demonstrated to me the exact reason why Anna Nicole chose to keep her family distant. Donna Hogan jumped at any chance to insult and take cheap shots at her sister. For someone who had lost a family member, you would have expected that this book would have shown some love and compassion towards Anna. I actually got the book from the library, so I am happy that I didn't have to spend any money to read this garbage. I can't say that I was a huge fan of Anna Nicole but I can say that she seemed to be a really beautiful person inside and out. I could see that she did care for those around her. She did have problems, but no one knows what her life was like except for those she chose to keep close. Donna Hogan should be ashamed of herself.Claiming to have loved her sister!She was jealous of her and even says it in the book. She constantly contradicts herself and the story is written like a child. Donna would try to justify any bad decisions she made in her life and showed no mercy when it came to her sister's choices in life. What a pitiful way to be. Rest in peace Anna Nicole and Daniel!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2007

    Train Wreck life of Donna Hogan

    the title of this book should have been Train Wreck life of Donna Hogan. This was a poor excuse for a book.I think donna did this for her own career. It seems to me that alot of this story was made up because there are no facts to back it up. I did buy the book only to see what donna had to say and I thought it was terrible I am a big Anna Nicole fan and have been for along time. I just think she released the book to cash in on her so called sisters death and it failed. I myself would not reccomend this book. Donna will have to be the one to live with the guilt of smut that she has put in this book. If she knew Anna so well how come there was only one picture of them together in the whole book and it was at a book signing come on this women is full of it. I did return the book because to me the women doesn't deserve to make any profit off of it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2007

    Waste of Money!!!!

    This is perhaps the worst piece of crap I have ever read. Please dont waste your time and definitley dont buy it.If you must read it, get it from the library. I am so glad I didn't waste a dime on this stupid pile of trash.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2007

    Donna Hogan is a train wreck herself...

    She her self addmitted to not spending any real quality family time with Anna Nicole. This book is nothing more than a sad attempt from Donna and whatever publishing company put this trash out to profit off of Anna Nicole Smith- May she rest in peace

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2007

    Pathetic!

    The 'woman who knows her best' was on Dr. Phil today and admitted that she has not spoken to Anna Nicole Smith for at least 12 years. This book is nothing more than an opportunity to make money off the death of her sister. It is also filled with hateful statements and opinions, none of which are based on truth. The author herself said that she 'reads the tabloids' and this is where she got some of the information in her book. We all know how honest tabloid writers are. It is worth mentioning that the only photo of the author and Anna Nicole together takes place at a public book signing, where the author 'her half-sister' had to buy Anna's calendar, stand in line with all the other strangers to Anna, and wait to have it signed and pose for a picture. The author also says horrible things about Howard Stern, a man she has never ever met! Do not buy this book and put money in this woman's pocket. What a despicable person. Imagine your sibling........would you EVER write about them after their death with a poison pen?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2007

    This is a ridiculous excuse for a book

    Good old Anna Nicole's sister came to our Barnes and Noble to promote this book, signing every copy with a little heart. She obviously has written this book to promote her own career rather than to set to rest rumors about the tragic life of her sister Anna Nicole.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2007

    YUCK!!!!!!

    I AGREE this is a sad attempt to get some publicity.She talked down to Anna. She admitted that she didn't spend time with her. Plus this is her half sister which mean nothing reall.She might not have said anything nice at all in this book IDK! but i'm justsaying this because i know Donna didn't like Anna and you can tell in her voice when she talks about her ANNA NICOLE RIP

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2007

    Save your Money!

    If you have absolutely no life and limited common sense, then this book is for you! Anyone else...save your time, money and energy. The author reveals more about herself and lack of good character than she reveals about Anna Nicole Smith. Shame on her!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2007

    Train Wreck: The Life and Death of Anna Nicole Smith

    I purchased this book at Barnes and Noble in Texas. I heard about it in a newspaper article and thought that I would enjoy the read since I have been following the Anna Nicole story in the TV. So I get the book home and start reading it. It was really amazing how fun of a read it is. Anna's life is a movie and I'm sure will be one soon! The book has a ton of pictures in the middle and diary entries in the back. If you have been enjoying the Anna Nicole story in the media you'll love to find out the scoop from her sister.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2007

    Train Wreck: The Life and Death of Anna Nicole Smith

    That was a personal attack not a book review. Is that someone from Anna's family? Train Wreck: The Life and Death of Anna Nicole Smith was a fun and sexy read. I'm happy I bought it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2007

    Tells All

    This book doesn't hold back. It reveals everything there is to know about where anna came from and it shows you why anna was so desperate to escape and make a name for herself. It's completely trashy and I loved it. I couldn't put it down.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2007

    A great juicy dish .... 5-star dirt!!

    I can't get enough of Hollywood celebrity gossip. This one has it all - the rags-to-riches and then fall from heights, the behind the scenes stuff about the marriage to the old man, everything was great. Donna seems sincere - and just as trashy as you want her to be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2007

    THIS IS A GREAT BOOK

    This is a great book. I believe she is very honest on how long she knew anna nicole. They were alike in may ways, and both were headed to a trainwreck, but donna got her life together and is now raising her kids. I encourge people to read it before they talk about how bad it is.

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