Why Trashwire loved Anna Nicole Smith
Yesterday, the world of bad movies lost a major player when buxom blonde b-movie bombshell Anna Nicole Smith passed away in her hotel room in Florida.
She will be remembered by Trashwire, not only for her performance in bad movie classics like the infamous Skyscraper, but also for her classic trashy reality show The Anna Nicole Show. Her body of work brought us fantastic bad movie quotes like everyone’s favorite line from Skyscraper, “Well excuse me for still believing in Sunday walks in the park and little babies.” Her reality show also introduced us to other pop culture d-list figures like her designer Bobby Trendy or her homely assistant Kimmy. The show even spawned parodies on shows like SNL, which summarized the first episode in an animated “TV Funhouse” clip showing Anna Nicole as Smurfette. Not since Jessica Simpson asked the infamous “Is this chicken or it is fish?” has a blonde from Texas made such a career off being an airhead.
While her acting career might not have been stellar, she certainly brought the people at Trashwire a lot of joy. In fact, I can remember the first time I saw Skyscraper. I was shocked and horrified, but I loved every minute of it. The generic Euro bad guys, the repeated shot of Anna Nicole’s red fingernails gripping the controls on the helicopter, the puppy that appears and disappears with the little boy, the control room set that looked like something left over from a 1970s sci-fi movie… everything in the film was delightfully bad. I believe that there are two films that really capture what we mean when we say “the best of the worst” at Trashwire: Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 classic The Room and Anna Nicole Smith’s Skyscraper. In fact, Tommy Wiseau and Anna Nicole were like prom king and queen of our site because they truly made the best bad movies around.
We’ll certainly all remember Anna Nicole because, unlike Paris Hilton or Tara Reid, she seemed to be in on the joke. As much as people made fun of her, she also made fun of herself. She never seemed to believe she was something she was not, unlike Paris or Tara, and seemed to enjoy her Angeline-like pop culture status.