January 22, 1973 |
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
|Residence||Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.|
|Education||Doss High School
University of Louisville
|Known for||Birkhead paternity case|
|Partner(s)||Anna Nicole Smith
Larry E. Birkhead (born January 22, 1973) is a former partner of American Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith and is the father of her daughter, Dannielynn. He was in a child custody battle for his daughter until DNA results proved his paternity.
Birkhead, the son of Larry L. Birkhead and Nancy Birkhead, is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. Birkhead has a twin brother Lewis, as well as a sister, Angela Heuser, and a half-sister, Judy Birkhead. He graduated in 1991 from Louisville's Doss High School. He holds a 1999 degree from the University of Louisville.
Claim of paternity
Birkhead had the support of Smith's mother, Virgie Arthur, in his claim that he was the father of Smith's then five-month-old daughter.
Although several men also claimed paternity (including Howard K. Stern, Mark Hatten, Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, and Smith's former bodyguard, Alexander Denk), a DNA test provided by Michael L. Baird, proved that Birkhead had fathered Smith's infant daughter, then named Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern. Smith had claimed that her attorney and partner, Stern, was the father.
In April 2007, a Bahamian court ordered custody of Dannielynn to be transferred from Stern to Birkhead, who corrected her birth certificate to show him as father and renamed her Dannielynn Hope Marshall Birkhead.
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