Why Was It Any Of Us Cared About Anna-Nicole?

Her fame was more about us (natch) and our seemingly insatiable appetite for celebrities than it was about her. “The news of her death brought the inevitable jolt that comes when anyone dies suddenly at 39. And there is the inescapable tragedy of a 5-month-old left without her mother. But Anna Nicole Smith’s fame is as sad and shallow in death as it was in life, just as much of a tawdry compact between her and us.”