Anna Nicole Smith died too young. She lived a sad, difficult life, one marked by many nude photos, dramatic family episodes, turbulent...

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Kanye West literally wrote the song about gold diggers, probably thanks to one-time girlfriend Amber Rose (a former stripper married to Wiz Khalifa).

Or maybe he wrote it with now-wife and baby mama Kim Kardashian in mind. 

Or maybe he just spent a lot of time observing the comings and goings of other notorious celebrity gold diggers. Regardless, here's a tribute to them!

Kim Kardashian
Sure, she was rich in her own right, but she married the guy who wrote the song! We couldn't NOT include her!

Gold diggers come in all shapes, sizes and genders. Some of the ones on our list come to mind more quickly than others, but all are mining it hard.

In the time-honored, profound and compelling words of Alicia Keys, some people live for the fortune and some people live for the fame.

And in the words of 'Ye, "if you ain't no chump, holler WE WANT PRENUP!"

Truly, a mantra to live your life if ever there were one right there.

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The countdown until the Magic Mike 2 premiere is on, as legions of fans of the original smash hit movie keep Channing all over their Tatums in anticipation.

Most Magic Mike fans know this was the semi-autobiographical story of Channing Tatum's days as a stripper. Well, he was far alone in that line of work:

Channing Tatum
"Magic Mike" wasn't the loosely autobiographical story of Channing Tatum for nothing! He got his start as a stripper.

No, Tatum's pole-dancing past isn't unique. Stripping is one way many of today's famous faces got their start, paying their bills prior to achieving fame.

Some of them went on to become Hollywood A-listers, and some of them went on to be, well, sort of crazy people who are famous for no discernible reason. 

Check out 21 stars who used to be strippers above and see who falls into which category. Some of these former dancers may really surprise you, too.

And then there are stars who took it to another level. Yes, the celebrities who used to be porn stars ... those are surprising for even more obvious reasons:

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Move over, Farrah Abraham. Sit down, Jenelle Evans.

There are some new teen moms on the block who didn't get famous by becoming train wrecks and porn stars famous for their stints on reality television.

Okay, so ONE of them was a reality TV star... but she went on to win Grammy awards and appear on Broadway so we'll give her a pass on the whole reality thing.

Check out 9 famous teen moms who weren't on Teen Mom and yet who still were teen moms. Got it? Good. Flip around now:

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Bristol Palin's pregnancy rocked her mother's Vice Presidential campaign when Sarah Palin ran on a ticket of abstinence... while her daughter was pregnant at 18.

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Billy Joel once memorably sang that "Only the Good Die Young."

While his point was that you should live your life, not be consumed by preconceived inhibitions, the phrase certainly still rings true in modern day Hollywood.

Be it from substance abuse or other tragic circumstances, some of the world's most beloved stars have met an untimely end long before they should have.

From Philip Seymour Hoffman's heroin overdose and Paul Walker's fatal car crash to some whose deaths remained shrouded in mystery, it's a long list.

Scroll through The Hollywood Gossip's gallery of 21 shocking celebrity deaths below as we look back on some of the brightest stars who we lost too soon.

They may be gone from this world, but they are not forgotten:

Paul Walker
Paul Walker died in a car accident on November 30, 2013. He left behind a daughter and a burgeoning film career.

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From the network that brought us recent ripped-from-the-headlines biopics about Casey Anthony, Jodi Arias and Drew Peterson comes one about ...

Anna Nicole Smith?

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The late model, as seen in last night's Lifetime original film Anna Nicole, left an indelible mark on a then still-developing reality TV and celebrity culture.

Agnes Bruckner took on the tragic, titular role of the woman whose life saw so many ups, downs and bizarre turns that were stranger than fiction.

“I was very nervous and anxious, because she was so iconic and so famous and larger-than-life. I asked myself ‘Am I going to pull this off?’" Brucker said.

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Larry Birkhead may soon be laughing all the way to the bank.

A federal judge ruled this week that Dannielynn - the six-year old daughter Larry had with the late Anna Nicole Smith - may be entitled to as much as $49 million due to sanctions from the estate of E. Pierce Marshall, the son of Anna's ex-husband, J. Howard Marshall.

Not as Cute as It Seems

The judge found "massive discovery abuse" in Marshall's legal battle against the deceased model and has ordered his estate to pay up as punishment.

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We really wish we were making this up.

But an opera based on the life, and premature death, of Anna Nicole Smith has opened in London. Titled "Anna Nicole," it premiered at the Royal Opera House last night and features Eva-Maria Westbroek in the lead role.

The New York Times actually referred to the performance as "deeply moving," while Mark Swed of The Los Angeles Times called it "a tawdry, if entertaining, opera... it was not until a beguiling orchestral interlude in the second act, and too late, that 'Anna' finally seemed worth taking seriously."

Talk about a surprising critique. The only thing we take seriously out of the sad Anna Nicole Smith drama is how much of a douche Larry Birkhead is.

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Howard K. Stern says he and the late Anna Nicole Smith have both been vindicated by the judge's ruling to throw out Stern's conviction last week.

Stern told GMA today that "it was incredible" when he was let off the hook, denying that he ever defrauded anyone or conspired in any way.

"The prosecution's false portrayal was exposed," and "a vision of Smith" crossed his mind during the judge's ruling, he said. "In my mind, I was talking to her."

Stern said that he's no enabler, and that Smith took meds not to get high, but just "to live her daily life." Here's his first press conference after the ruling ...

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Howard K. Stern was expected to be formally sentenced in court today after being convicted by a jury of his peers last year on charges of conspiracy.

Instead, in a shocking turn of events, the judge threw out the case.

Despite a conviction on charges related to Anna Nicole Smith's death - prosecutors argued, and a jury concurred, that he conspired to fuel the late model's drug habit - Stern's conviction was baseless in the mind of the judge, who tossed it.

FREE MAN: Howard K. Stern was (somehow) vindicated today.

This marked a repudiation of sorts for newly-inaugurated California Gov. Jerry Brown, who spent millions as Attorney General going after Stern in the case.

Judge Robert Perry found that Stern never had criminal intentions when he used his name and others to protect Smith's privacy in obtaining prescriptions.

Perry also found that Dr. Khristine Eroshevich was acting out of concern for Smith in doing the same and commuted her sentence to a year of probation.

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Howard K. Stern has been found guilty of contributing to the death of Anna Nicole Smith, his former client, confidant and longtime cash cow.

A Los Angeles Superior Court convicted Smith's ex-lover on two counts of conspiracy today - giving false names and acting by fraud to obtain prescriptions - determining that he helped fuel the late starlet's fatal drug habit.

Dr. Khristine Eroshevich was also convicted of four charges; while another physician who treated her, Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, was cleared on all counts.

Looks like Howard K. Stern is off to prison.

Sentencing for both parties is scheduled for January 6, but D.A. spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said outside of court this afternoon that "both defendants are looking at possible maximum of at least three years in state prison."

The D.A's office still has the opportunity to reduce or limit sentencing to some of the misdemeanor charges. Whether that happens is another story.

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Anna Nicole Smith Biography

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