Ursula Macfarlane directing Anna Nicole Smith documentary for Netflix

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Anna Nicole Smith appears in the 1994 film “The Hudsucker Proxy.” [Warner Bros. photo]

Filmmaker Ursula Macfarlane (“The Lost Sons,” “Untouchable”) will direct a new feature-length documentary about the late model and actor Anna Nicole Smith.

The upcoming film is billed as featuring never-before-seen footage of the iconic Playboy and Guess jeans model, who blazed a trail through the 1990s before her tragic death in 2007 at the age of 39.

Along with her work as a top model, Smith also appeared in the films “The Hudsucker Proxy,” “Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult” and “Be Cool” as well as the TV series “Ally McBeal” and “Veronica’s Closet.”

“I approached Anna Nicole’s story as an epic mystery tale. How did someone with so much charisma and jaw-dropping beauty, with the world at her feet, fall so far, so quickly? Now feels like the right time to re-examine the life of yet another beautiful young woman whose life has been picked over and ultimately destroyed by our culture,” said Macfarlane in a statement. “I am thrilled to work with Netflix and Propagate to make a moving, unflinching and sensitive portrayal of one of the most misunderstood women of our time.”

The documentary will be produced by Alexandra Lacey, with executive producers Caryn Capotosto, Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens and Jonathan Schaerf.

The film promises to bring “Anna Nicole’s own voice to the foreground.” It will include exclusive footage from an unreleased documentary of an enchanting, unguarded young Smith on the verge of global stardom, offering a unique glimpse into her life out of the spotlight, and her dreams as a young mother.

The upcoming documentary also is billed as including testimony from those who knew Smith best when the cameras weren’t rolling – many of whom have never shared their full story until now.

Macfarlane’s filmmaking career includes the documentaries “The Lost Sons,” about a man searching for his true identity; “Untouchable,” about the fall of movie producer Harvey Weinstein; and “Charlie Hebdo: 3 Days That Shook Paris,” about the 2015 terrorist attacks.


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