Anna Nicole opera is 'trashy,' says Larry Birkhead
February 21st, 2011
11:07 AM ET

Anna Nicole opera is 'trashy,' says Larry Birkhead

A new Anna Nicole Smith opera has really hit a sour note with the late star's former boyfriend Larry Birkhead, who calls the show "trashy and tabloidy."

"Anna Nicole," currently playing to sold-out crowds at London's Royal Opera House, is billed as a "celebrity story of our times," according to the Hollywood Reporter, and includes sexual content, adult language and drug use.

Smith, who died of a prescription drug overdose in 2007, is portrayed in the show by soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek, who flashes her breasts and simulates explicit acts with a man in a wheelchair in some of the scenes.

"One day my daughter is going to see this trash," Birkhead said of 4-year-old Dannielynn, his daughter with Smith. "These aren't the images you want to relate to your child."

Birkhead, who hasn't actually seen the show, is equally upset that he was never consulted about the project.

"No one ever gave us a chance to respond," he said. "They didn't even ask to check whether history is correct. They could have picked up the phone and called... It is like someone took a bunch of tabloids and threw it at the producers and said, 'See what you can do with this.'"

For her part, Royal Opera House director Elaine Padmore stands by "Anna Nicole."

"The opera was inspired by a true story, some characters have been invented, some events imagined or changed," she said. "There are no images of the real Anna Nicole Smith in any aspect of the production or its marketing."

Birkhead, however, isn't having it. "We are looking at our legal options to see if they misused Anna's image and likeness," he said. "We are going to have the estate attorneys look at what can be done about it."

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  1. ihatechess

    Has anyone else noticed that whenever there is anything to do with anna nicole smith or even her other ex boyfriend howard stern this guy always seems to make an appearance? Its like he cant handle the fact that he might not get any camera time

    February 26, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Justin Bieber

    T-rex. You are back to flaunt your fairy ways! What a fruit. You keep talking about taking it in the poop shoot! Time to travel the hershey highway. Why don't you come over and do a little butt slammin with the Biebster, you big pillow biter!

    February 22, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. noodlemonkey

    Seriously?! After participating in the debauchery, he's now claiming to be offended by it?

    February 22, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. solange

    Birkhead trying to make a buck...again. I certainly hope this isn't the celebrity story of our times. Trashy indeed.

    February 22, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mad hater

    What's Anna up to these days? I wanna do her in the A! She loves that Ssit!

    February 22, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. mad hater

    I didn't read the article, sounds good though!

    February 22, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. Justin Bieber

    How about if I grab Larry by his wavy hair and make him bob up and down on my disco stick. I wanna rock his world. The Biebster is gonna make this fairy forget all about Ana and her drugged out freaky relationship. Come Birky. Skip all those other dudes. The Bieber wants to ram your poop shoot!

    February 21, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • ihatechess

      lol! I know I shouldn't laugh at that but that was really funny

      February 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Paris Hilton

    Larry, let's hook up and have a baby together. That would be sooo hot! I think you are a real catch! Even though you seem to be a real fruity, cheeseball pillow-biter. Other than that, let's make some magic happen!!

    February 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Paris Hilton

    I think that she was sooo hot. I wanna be like Ana Nicole!! I am a pill poppin burnout too. That is hot. Sooo hot!

    February 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. opi

    Lisa, you are deranged, delusional. You need mental help asap! You glorify drug addict, alcoholic, gold-digger, prostiute!! You totally lost moral compass. Very sad. The "Opera" is a cruel joke.

    February 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ opi

      Tell that to the Jersey Shore viewers while you're at it... one in the same.

      February 22, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • hillbilleter

      Oh, don't tell me you have never slowed down when passing a car wreck.

      February 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lisa

    Come on! Anna Nicole was trashy the train wreck we all loved to watch. I adored her. She was great fun and I sure do miss her. She was murdered by the same person who murdered her son and I can't believe he's gotten away with it. Wish she was still here.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. T-Rex

    Oooo LA LA...I would like to give Larry some BirkHead!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kim

    She was trashy it funny how people act shocked when some points out the obvious she was a notorious golddigger uh that fought till the death for that old geezer money and the whole time she was alive if there was a camera on she was in front of it acting as ignorant as possible. The opera was probably done as a joke, I guess someone mistook it as some meaniful drama tribute which is funny because anna nicole was trashy. hahaha

    February 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lisababy

    But would you want your daughter her aughter to have to deal with that image? I think that is whats in question.

    February 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. nn3

    Larry Birkhead is fame-hungry gay failed actor turned paparazzo who lived with his boyfriend when he met Anna. Everybody in Anna's entourage knew that. He said under oath he intentionally impregnated an alcoholic and drug addicted woman on heavy duty medications. What kind of a man whould want to do that? Anna was a talentless, gold-digger bimbo, so was Birkhead. He sells pictures of a motherless kid to tabloids, has no job for years. Anna was a sleazy person, Birkhead is sleazy as well. POT- KETTLE.

    February 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Hotness 101


    February 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Millicent


    February 21, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  18. Sara

    I feel bad for Mr. Birkhead and his daughter. It seems like he truly loved Anna Nicole and is doing his bes to raise their daughter the best way he can. I hope he has a happily ever after.

    February 21, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • MM

      Birkhead said under oath he intentionally impregnated Anna Nicole though he knew she was heavily medicated on methadone, Xanax, etc.
      What kind of a man whould want to intentionally impregnate a drug addict and alcoholic? Was greed stronger than moral values? Do you think it's kind of trashy and sleazy?

      February 21, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  19. D

    If the opera is "trashy and tabloidy" it must be an accurate depiction of the late Ms. Smith. I am not being mean or disrespectful, but could she be depicted any other way? This is the way she promoted herself in the media and on her reality show.

    February 21, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Epitomy

      Yep that pretty much somes it up Anna Nicole was the poster girl for trasy and tabloidy-sounds like a perfect fit.

      February 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      You got that right D.... Larry... If you craul with pigs you come up stinking!!!!!

      March 9, 2011 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |

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