Anna Nicole Smith’s Daughter Dannielynn Birkhead Grows Up During Kentucky Derby Appearance

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The daughter of the late Anna Nicole Smith has grown well.

Dannielynn Birkhead, 15, was spotted this weekend with her father Larry Birkhead at the Kentucky Derby.

“Betting on a great time with Dannielynn today at this year’s @kentuckyderby and then @janetjackson concert!” Larry captioned photos of the two on Instagram.

Larry added a photo of the late Smith, who died in 2007, at the end of the post and noted in the caption that Dannielynn looked like the model.

Larry Birkhead pointed out how much his daughter with the late Anna Nicole Smith looks like the model.
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“I saw this picture of Anna and thought Dannielynn looked like her twin!” he wrote.

Larry and Dannielynn attend the Kentucky Derby every year. The photographer also shared photos from their evening at the Barnstable-Brown gala.

Dannielynn wore the Janet Jackson ensemble worn at the same gala in 2003.

“What a night! Dannielynn met @janetjackson at the Barnstable-Brown gala, while wearing Janet’s outfit she wore to the same party in 2003,” Larry captioned photos from the event. “Janet was so gracious and complimentary to Dannielynn in her outfit. She made Dannielynn so happy and even graciously posed for a photo with us.”

Dannielynn and Larry attend the 148th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2022 in Louisville.
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Dannielynn and Larry attend the 148th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2022 in Louisville.
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Shortly after Smith’s death, Birkhead faced a very public custody battle where he had to prove that Dannielynn was indeed his child. Smith’s former attorney, Howard K. Stern, had been listed as Dannielynn’s father on the birth certificate and fought for custody, New York Times reported. Frédéric van Anhalt, the actress’s husband Zsa Zsa Gaboralso claimed he was Dannielynn’s father.

“My relationship with Anna has sometimes been described as being lucky in the DNA lottery after a one-night stand,” Birkhead previously told Fox News Digital. “And my relationship with her actually lasted over two years and we covered a lot of ground in that. [were] lots of ups and downs.”

Birkhead first met Smith briefly in 2003 for Kentucky Derby festivities in his home state. However, it wasn’t until 2004 – after Smith’s dramatic weight loss transformation – that the pair privately bonded.

Dannielynn wearing Janet Jackson's Barnstable-Brown gala outfit from 2003.

Dannielynn wearing Janet Jackson’s Barnstable-Brown gala outfit from 2003.

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“I couldn’t tell anyone we were dating,” Birkhead explained. “It actually worked on me after he passed away [when] I was still trying to prove paternity, even though I knew I was the father and Anna knew I was the father…but to the world it was a mystery…I couldn’t talk about our relationship and there [weren’t] lots of pictures of us and pictures of us as a couple. She was supposed to be that kind of available sex goddess. It was her personality that she was supposed to be available and the object of everyone’s desire. It worked against me in so many ways.”

Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.



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