Netflix has unveiled details of a new feature-length documentary about model Anna Nicole Smith from Propagate.
The so-far untitled doc will follow the life and career of Smith, who became a ’90s pop-culture icon as a model for Playboy and Guess jeans and achieved notoriety when she married 89-year-old billionaire J. Howard Marshall in 1994, before dying of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 39.
The film, which promises to center Smith’s own voice, will include never-before-seen footage of Smith from an earlier, unreleased documentary project. The footage offers a look at Smith just before her rise to global fame, and examines her life out of the spotlight as a young mother. The doc will also include testimony from Smith’s friends, many of whom haven’t previously shared their full stories.
The documentary will be directed by Ursula Macfarlane (The Lost Sons, Untouchable) and produced by Alexandra Lacey. Executive producers are Caryn Capotosto for Propagate, along with Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens and Jonathan Schaerf.
“I approached Anna Nicole’s story as an epic mystery tale,” said Macfarlane in a release. “Now feels like the right time to re-examine the life of yet another beautiful young woman whose life has been picked over and ultimately destroyed by our culture. I am thrilled to work with Netflix and Propagate to make a moving, unflinching and sensitive portrayal of one of the most misunderstood women of our time.”
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