Anna Nicole keeps on truckin’

| 3/4/2003

When Anna Nicole Smith chose her date from five perspective bachelors Sunday night, she went for the trucker.

E! Online’s episode guide for “The Anna Nicole Show” described the winner, trucker Mark Norris, as a father of two who speaks three languages and can drive anything – which makes him perfect for Anna Nicole, because she can’t drive at all.

The live episode was the season premiere of Smith’s program, which airs on the E! Entertainment Network, a cable network available on many systems and satellite services nationwide. The program follows the “real life” events surrounding Anna Nicole Smith, a former Playboy Magazine Playmate who at the age of 26 turned heads nationwide by marrying 90-year-old oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II. The very elderly and rich Marshall died a scant year after their marriage began, and some Hollywood and press wags made less-than-polite comments about Smith being a “gold digger.”

The episode, which was set up as a takeoff on other so-called “reality programs,” included Paul Hogan, the butler from reality show “Joe Millionaire.” At one point, one of the contestant bachelors called Smith “Trista,” the star’s name in the reality show “The Bachelorette.”

At 42, Norris was also the oldest of the five bachelors, although, as a trucker, he is not likely rich.


--by Rene Tankersley, feature editor