The marriage of the 26-year-old blonde bombshell to the 89-year-old businessman raised plenty of eyebrows. Rumors abounded that Smith not only didn’t love her husband, but she also never slept with him, kissed him more than she had to or even lived in the same house as him. Smith denied these claims, but they persisted.
However, a little over a year after the marriage began, it ended: not in divorce, but death. Marshall died leaving behind a billion-dollar fortune, and that sparked a huge and protracted court battle. Smith was labeled a gold-digger by Marshall’s son, and the media of the time seemed inclined to agree. After all, she hadn’t even been named in the will.
As the court case dragged on, Smith seemingly became more and more desperate to regain some of the fame that she’d lost. She decided to become an actress, and she wasn’t terrible at it; she even gained some good reviews. But it was gradually becoming clear that the public were only interested in her for the drama, not because of any talent she may have had.