All Grown Up! See Anna Nicole Smith's Daughter Dannielynn Birkhead Through the Years


At just 3 years old, a pink-clad Dannielynn Birkhead made her Kentucky Derby debut with Dad.

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“It’s tough raising a little girl without a mom,” Birkhead, at the Derby in 2011, told Steve Harvey in 2016. “You always want to make sure you’re doing the right things and a thing that a mom would choose that a dad might not choose.”

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At the 2012 race, Dannielynn opted for her very first Derby-esque headpiece. Though Birkhead keeps his daughter out of the spotlight, the pair lives in rural Kentucky and make an annual trip to the horse race.

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The father-daughter duo went to Churchill Downs in 2013 as Mary Poppins and Bert — parasol and all!

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“I look at her and she’s my everything,” Birkhead — with his daughter at the 2014 race — told Inside Edition. “She reminds me so much of her mom and as she gets older, and her features are changing, it’s just like having a little miniature Anna Nicole running around in so many ways.”

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In a February 2017 interview with 20/20, Birkhead said Dannielynn, at the Derby in 2015, is “fearless like her mom.”

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“We went from diapers and teething to braces and sports bras overnight,” Birkhead told Wendy Williams in 2017. “It’s great and it’s a lot of work.”

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For the duo’s eighth Derby, the proud pop and his 10-year-old coordinated in pink. Birkhead also took Dannielynn to the Barnstable-Brown Party, where he’d first met Anna Nicole Smith in 2003.

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Like previous years, Dannielynn was dressed to the nines at the 2018 Derby — this time wearing a white silk Southern belle gown with blue hydrangea appliqués from Lesy boutique. Her dad coordinated in a blue checkered suit from menswear designer Nick Graham.

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Dannielynn was in her brightest ensemble yet for the 2019 event, making an appearance at the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Gala before the official kickoff of the horse race.

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In June 2019, proud dad Larry shared three photos of his 12-year-old daughter celebrating her seventh-grade graduation.

“Surprised Dannielynn with @HamiltonMusical tickets for 7th grade graduation,” Birkhead captioned the sweet snaps. “I think she is happy!”

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COVID-19 meant no appearance from the pair at the scaled-back 2020 race, but fans got an even broader look into the Birkheads’ life in a February 2021 20/20 special that told Anna Nicole Smith’s story.

“Dannielynn’s a teenager now, and she doesn’t really know a ton of things about her mom,” Larry said in a voiceover on the trailer. “To be really honest, I didn’t know a whole lot about Anna — you know, her early years,” he added. 

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Part of the 20/20 special focused on Dannielynn seeing some of her mother’s possessions for the first time.

“She has a big heart like her mom had, I think she could appreciate these things,” Larry said of his daughter, now 14.

“When we talk about Anna Nicole, there were a lot of happy moments for her,” Larry said in the special. “There were a lot of highs before there were a lot of lows.” 

“Anna should be remembered as this larger than life figure that was really a caring, giving person. A beautiful lady who loved her fans and loved her family,” he added.

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