Larry Birkhead Biography
Larry Birkhead (full name: Larry E. Birkhead) is an American Photographer. He is the former partner of American Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith. Larry is best known for the Birkhead paternity case in April 2007, through which he obtained custody of his daughter, model, and reality show personality, Dannielynn Hope Marshall Birkhead.
Birkhead attended Louisville’s Doss High School from where he graduated in 1991. Birkhead holds a 1999 degree from the University of Louisville.
Larry Birkhead Occupation
Dannielynn Hope Marshall Birkhead’s father is a celebrity photographer.
Larry Birkhead Age
The photographer was born on January 22, 1973, in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. He is 46 years old as of 2019.
Larry Birkhead Family
Birkhead was born to Larry L. Birkhead and Nancy Birkhead. He has a twin brother Lewis and a sister, Angela Heuser. He has a half-sister, Judy Birkhead.
Larry Birkhead and Anna Nicole Smith
Birkhead originally met American Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith in May 2004 at the Trish Barnstable Brown Gala. It is one of the major Louisville-area Kentucky Derby parties that attracts many celebrities. The Kentucky native and celebrity photographer brought his challenge to court to legitimize his claim of fathering Anna Nicole Smith’s months-old baby.
Larry Birkhead Daughter
Little Dannielynn Hope Marshall Birkhead was five months old when her mother died of a prescription drug overdose at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Dannielynn was declared sole heir to Smith’s estate, estimated at $700,000 in 2008.
Several men claimed paternity for Dannielynn , including Howard K. Stern, Mark Hatten, Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, and Smith’s former bodyguard, Alexander Denk. A DNA test which was provided by Michael L. Baird proved that Birkhead had fathered Smith’s infant daughter who was then named Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern. She had claimed that her attorney and partner, Stern, was the father.
A Bahamian court ordered custody of Dannielynn to be transferred from Stern to Birkhead in April 2007. Birkhead corrected her birth certificate to show him as father and he renamed her Dannielynn Hope Marshall Birkhead. Nicole Smith’s mother Virgie Arthur filed for the custody of Dannielynn. She also tried to block Birkhead from leaving the country with the baby. A Bahamas judge in the Court of Appeals in Nassau tossed out Virgie Arthur’s appeal and then ordered her to pay $3000 in attorney’s fees.
Larry Birkhead Wife
The Kentucky native is not yet married. Since Nicole Smith’s death, Birhead seems disinterested in dating again. He often shares how his daughter Dannielynn, points out some women celebrities for her father to date but despite her persistence, Birkhead says he is not currently dating anyone.
Birkhead admits that he would like to find love again and admits that Dannielynn constantly talks about expanding the family. He also shares that the young girl ven started collecting adoption brochures for her dad!
Larry Birkhead and Howard K Stern
Television news anchor, Rita Cosby alleged in her book, Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith’s Death, that Smith’s nannies revealed that a sex tape existed of Stern and former rival Larry Birkhead engaged in a homosexual relationship. The book was released on September 4, 2007.
A lawyer for the nannies then threatened to file suit, claiming that the nannies never spoke about such an encounter between Stern and Birkhead. After Howard K. Stern filed a $60-million libel suit against Cosby and her publisher in October 2007, a spokesperson for the nannies claimed Cosby had then offered bribes in an unsuccessful attempt to contact the nannies.
Larry Birkhead Net Worth
The celebrity photographer has been able to acquire an estimated net worth of $10 million.
Larry Birkhead at Kentucky Derby
Birkhead and his daughter live in rural Kentucky. The two make one annual trip into the spotlight each year, at the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Gala in Louisville, Kentucky. This was the same party Birkhead had met Anna Nicole Smith years ago.
The father-daughter pair made a grand appearance at the Kentucky Derby 2019 held on 4 May 2019. Dannielynn wore a pink dress by Junona and her Mom’s hat from her unforgettable appearance at The Kentucky Derby in 2004.