Smith, now 32, has always maintained that soon after they met, Mr Marshall asked her to marry him promising to give her half his $1.6 billion (£1.1 billion) when he died as a form of dowry. The couple were married for 14 months before Mr Marshall died in August 1995.
During the marriage, to the increasing annoyance of the Marshall family, Mr Marshall and Smith, once named Playboy’s Playmate of the Year, spent lavishly. The often scantily-dressed blonde and the frail old man with the cheeky grin were always in the public eye. To some it was a glaring and obscene case of gold digging, to others, Mr Marshall was simply a rich man who had worked all his life and was living out his final fantasy.