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Diane S. Berry

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 29: Evolutionary Perspectives on Mate Preferences

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Evolutionary Perspectives on Mate Preferences
Evolutionary perspectives on mate preferences

After Anna Nicole Smith's untimely death in 2007, many media outlets revisited the headline-grabbing details of her short but highly sensationalized life. In addition to working as a model and actress, the voluptuous blonde captured the title of Playboy's “Playmate of the Year” in 1994. In 1996, she again attracted attention by marrying billionaire oil mogul J. Howard Marshall, a man more than 50 years her senior. Marshall expired the next year, setting the stage for a legal battle that reached the U.S. Supreme Court over his fortune. Although the love match doubtless fueled many ribald jokes, few people were actually bewildered as to why Marshall chose to marry a much younger, physically appealing woman such ...

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