Larry Birkhead, Anna Nicole Smith’s former partner, will reveal the most intimate aspects of the late model’s life in an upcoming documentary that will expose her “explosive” personal diaries and never-before-seen home videos.
Photographer Larry, 50, is currently working on a new film about the late pin-up along with their teenage daughter Dannielyn, which they believe will finally reveal to the world who she really was.
According to a source close to the couple, both 16-year-old Dannielyn and her father want Anna Nicole’s story to be told in her own words and through her own eyes, after years of watching various TV networks and film producers have tried to portray. her life on screen.
This week, Netflix released a trailer for the upcoming documentary about the starlet — which, the insider revealed exclusively to DailyMail.com, both Larry and Dannielyn declined to appear in.
“Larry was asked to star in the documentary, but he declined,” explains a source close to Larry, who dated Anna Nicole off and on for four years before her death. “Larry wishes luck to anyone who wants to tell Anna’s story in a different way, but he feels that nothing released so far has scratched the surface of the real story.”
The trailer for Anna Nicole Smith: You Don’t Know Me was released this week and did not feature Larry Birkhead, 50, and their daughter Dannielynn, 16
Larry (with Anna and her late son Daniel in 2004) ‘refused’ the offer to appear in the new Netflix film, a source tells DailyMail.com exclusively
Dannielynn was just six months old when her mother Anna Nicole (pictured together shortly after she was born in the Bahamas) died
Larry and Dannielynn (at the Barnstable-Brown Kentucky Derby) are collaborating on a documentary featuring Anna Nicole’s personal diaries and never-before-seen home videos
Now Larry and his daughter have decided to take matters into their own hands by starting production on their own documentary project, which will use “explosive” personal diaries Anna Nicole has kept over the course of a decade – as well as secret home videos that are included. by the model itself.
“They are developing a documentary currently in the works, using Anna Nicole’s personal diaries and diaries documenting her highs and lows throughout her life,” the insider told me.
“He wants Anna Nicole to tell her own story instead of others trying to do it for her.”
In addition to her diaries, Anna also left behind a “treasure trove” of never-before-seen home movies, the source adds, many of which will feature in Larry and Dannielyn’s self-titled project.
When Anna Nicole died in Florida’s Hard Rock Hotel in 2007, she left all of her belongings to her daughter Dannielyn, including the diaries and videos that will be used in the documentary.
In 2021, Larry surprised their daughter by digging up several of her mom’s belongings in a sweet segment for ABC’s 20/20 — including the model’s incredibly glamorous wardrobe, as well as jewelry and photo albums.
According to a DailyMail.com insider, Anna Nicole’s love of fashion and accessories will play a key role in Larry and Dannielyn’s self-titled film project.
Larry also has every dress Anna wore to every event. All of these things will likely factor into the story they’re about to tell,” the source continued.
Grand debut: Dannielynn (at the 2022 Barnstable-Brown Gala in Kentucky) will ‘appear on camera for the first time’ to talk about her late mother
Bombshell: ‘Larry feels like nothing released so far has scratched the surface of the real story,’ says a source
Larry (with Anna when they met at the Kentucky Derby Gala in 2004) “Anna wants Nicole to tell her own story instead of someone doing it for her”
Larry has kept his daughter out of the limelight for most of her life, with the exception of their annual appearance at the Barnstable-Brown Kentucky Derby Gala in May, which they will also be attending this year, the source explains.
However, Anna Nicole’s stunning lookalike teenage daughter will “definitely” appear in the one created by her and her father.
“Dannielynn isn’t a baby anymore and she’s pretty stubborn. She wants to be a part of this and appear in it.’
“She’s going to talk about her mom based on what she knows based on things she’s seen, heard, and read. She’s going to share her own personal feelings for the first time.’
“Larry is very protective of Dannielynn, so he wanted to make sure the people in the story aren’t just people who used to work for Anna and perform with her.”
“Most of these people have all been heard of and the stories they tell depend a lot on the show they were on with Anna.”
Most of all, Larry wanted to make sure that if he gave people access to Anna’s records, they would be “used appropriately,” the source says.
Anna and Larry started dating in 2004 — and the photographer admitted in a 2013 documentary, Life After Anna Nicole, that it “wasn’t always an easy relationship.”
“She had an entourage and it got in the way sometimes, but I loved her and we talked about getting married,” he said.
“I was just a guy — I never thought I’d have a chance with Anna Nicole Smith, but we ended up having a kid together.”
Anna Nicole gave birth to Dannielynn in September 2006 in the Bahamas. Three days after her birth, Anna Nicole’s only son, Daniel, died of a drug overdose.
Anna died six months later, in February 2007.
According to Larry, he was heartbroken for not being present for their daughter’s birth – and was stunned when Anna Nicole left the US to move to the Bahamas.
“I really wanted to be there for my daughter’s birth,” he said.
“It was a mystery when she left. I never saw her again, so we had no closure of any kind.”
Anna Nicole (in a scene from the Netflix movie) had a very tumultuous life and rose to fame as a pin-up for Guess Jeans
Coming soon: Anna Nicole Smith: You Don’t Know Me – directed by Ursula Macfarlane – streaming on Netflix May 16
He added in an interview with Fox News, “My goal at the time was to try and get her to come back to the US from the Bahamas, and I almost got her to say she would.”
“We still had that bond and she was really more curious about what I was doing back then, the last time I talked to her.”
“I told her I was going on tour with a country artist, this female country artist.”
Anna and Larry’s relationship was further complicated after Dannielynn’s birth – with the model insisting that her attorney Howard K. Stern could be Dannielynn’s father.
In an effort to solidify this, Anna married Howard just a few weeks after giving birth in a shotgun ceremony on a houseboat in the Bahamas.
Anna put Howard’s name on Dannielynn’s birth certificate — and Larry became embroiled in a bitter custody battle that continued for months after the model’s death.
On April 10, 2007, a judge ruled Larry as Dannielynn’s biological father after this was determined by a DNA test.
Larry immediately amended the birth certificate and transferred Howard’s parental rights to him.
He also moved Dannielynn to his home in Kentucky, where they still live.
Anna Nicole Smith: You Don’t Know Me is directed by Ursula Macfarlane and produced by Alexandra Lacey.
The trailer promises to offer a “fearless and humanizing investigation into the life, death and secrets of Vicki Lynn Hogan – better known as model and actress Anna Nicole Smith.”
DailyMail.com contacted the producers about Larry’s refusal to star in the documentary, who have not yet responded.