Hippo Tale Elicits Reader Gasps, Danielynn Birkhead Brings Smiles

Model-in-the-making Danielynn Birkhead, the late Anna Nicole Smith’s 6½-year-old daughter, prompted an outpouring of oohs and ahs this week when she dressed up like a favorite Disney heroine for the Kentucky Derby, while the gasps were strictly reserved for the amazing tale of the man who served as a hippo’s dinner – and then survived to tell his tale.

Here are the five stories that sparked the strongest reactions from readers over this past week – the news that made you happy, sad, laugh out loud, awestruck, even angry.

Dannielynn Birkhead Gets Dolled Up for Kentucky Derby

Anna Nicole Smith’s little girl and dad Larry Birkhead stop by the Kentucky Derby in costumes from Mary Poppins.

Larry Birkhead Buys House in Kentucky Hometown

Larry Birkhead has purchased a 10,000-sq.-ft., six-bedroom house in his hometown of Louisville, Ky., for himself and 21-month-old daughter Dannielynn, he tells PEOPLE.

Birkhead, 35, says the house, which has 40-ft. ceilings and is modeled after a Sicilian church, was never completed, needs a lot of work, and right now “looks like a haunted house,” but he loves it.

“When I walked in, I said to myself, ‘This is our home!’” says Birkhead.

Larry Birkhead & Dannielynn House Hunt in Palm Beach

Larry Birkhead and Dannielynn, his 1-year-old daughter with the late Anna Nicole Smith, are checking out real estate in Palm Beach, according to the Palm Beach Post.

“We’re looking at the [real estate] market,” the 35-year-old dad told the Florida newspaper. “There are obviously some buyers who could use a little help. I’m getting to know the area. It’s the first time I’ve come here … We looked at some places.”

Dannielynn 'Resting Comfortably' After Eye Surgery

Larry Birkhead and Anna Nicole Smith’s 1-year-old daughter Dannielynn is “resting comfortably” after undergoing corrective eye surgery, Birkhead tells Entertainment Tonight.

Dannielynn, who was diagnosed with strabismus (commonly known as a lazy eye), “is home from surgery and resting comfortably,” Birkhead tells ET. “My thanks go out to Dr. Arthur Rosenbaum and the Jules Stein Eye Institute staff for taking great care of Dannielynn.”

Larry Birkhead: Dannielynn Is Ready for Eye Surgery

Dannielynn – the one-year-old daughter of the late Anna Nicole Smith – is preparing for corrective eye surgery, her dad, Larry Birkhead, tells PEOPLE.

The toddler, who has been diagnosed with strabismus (commonly known as a lazy eye), is “doing really well,” her father told PEOPLE at the Billboard and Children Uniting Nations Pre-Oscar bash at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday. “She’s meeting all of her milestones and exceeding them and she’s getting ready to have surgery.”

Anna Nicole's Death: One-Year Anniversary

Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the discovery of Anna Nicole Smith’s lifeless body in a Florida hotel room – the sorrowful finish to a real-life soap opera that managed to both captivate and shock those who followed it.

Dannielynn Birkhead Battles Eye Problem

Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter, Dannielynn, who celebrated her first birthday in September, is battling an eye problem.

“She has strabismus, which is a turning in of one of her eyes,” her father, Larry Birkhead, 34, tells Entertainment Tonight, “and it’s something that we’ve been looking out for for a while.”

Larry Birkhead out with Dannielynn last month

Larry Birkhead kisses Dannielynn Hope, 12 months, on the head as they are photographed out and about last month. Dannielynn’s mother is the late Anna Nicole Smith.


Source: Woman’s Day, September 17th, 2007. p. 146.

Larry Birkhead Tries to Stay Positive for his Daughter

A week after daughter Danielynn celebrated her first birthday, Larry Birkhead is cleansing their lives of people with bad intentions, including the late Anna Nicole Smith’s mother Virgie Arthur.

“Life is too short, this story has taught me,” Birkhead, 34, told PEOPLE at Sunday’s TV Guide post-Emmys party in Hollywood. “I have no plans to fight. I’d just like to be positive for my daughter.”