Anna Nicole Opera Bound for London

Work based on tabloid queen's life will play Covent Garden
By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User
Posted Apr 4, 2008 5:46 PM CDT
Anna Nicole Smith poses with Hugh Hefner during Playboy's 50th anniversary party at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in 2003. Smith's life will be the basis of a new opera.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) Playboy playmate, reality TV wreck, tragic heroine? London's famed Covent Garden has commissioned an opera based on the tumultuous life of Anna Nicole Smith, Reuters reports. The librettist best known for creating the hit musical Jerry Springer: The Opera is penning what he called an "incredible story" and planning a 2010 premiere.

"It's very operatic and sad," Richard Thomas told the Independent. "She was quite a smart lady with the tragic flaw that she could not seem to get through life without a vat of prescription painkillers." The story won't extend past her death, he said: "For me, it ends when she does."