Paternity Decided for Anna Nicole's Baby

It wasn’t Howard K. Stern, lawyer and live-in companion of Anna Nicole Smith, although she named him on her baby daughter’s birth certificate.

It wasn’t the husband of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, although he publicly claimed possible paternity based on a decade-long affair he said he had with Smith.

It was photographer Larry Birkhead, Anna Nicole Smith’s former boyfriend, who fathered her infant daughter, Dannielynn, a judge in the Bahamas ruled today, based on DNA testing.

The ruling puts Birkhead near the front of the line to collect big bucks, if the estate of the now-deceased Smith – a former Playboy bunny and widow of elderly Texas oil billionaire J. Howard Marshall II – prevails in an ongoing court case over the division of his estimated $500 million estate.

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