Actress Agnes Bruckner Cast as Anna Nicole Smith in Lifetime Movie

Entertainment Oct. 4, 2012 AT 11:20AM
Agnes Bruckner and Anna Nicole Smith Agnes Bruckner and Anna Nicole Smith Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images; J. Merritt/FilmMagic

Lifetime has found their Anna Nicole!

Private Practice actress Agnes Bruckner has been tapped to appear as late Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith in the network's upcoming made-for-TV movie The Anna Nicole Story, Deadline reports.

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Bruckner, 27, will likely find at least one thing in common with Smith, whose early life as Vicky Lynn Hogan will be chronicled in the film. Growing up as a child model, Bruckner appeared in a beauty pageant at the urging of her mother when she was 8 years old.

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Transitioning to acting at age 11, Bruckner went on to appear on television shows including The Bold and the Beautiful. She made her feature film debut as a high school student involved in an affair with her teacher in 2002's Blue Car. Bruckner was also featured in The Glass House and Murder By Numbers, costarring Sandra Bullock.

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In 2011, Bruckner starred as Megan McAllister in The Craigslist Killer, also a Lifetime movie.

Smith, who gained fame as a Playboy Playmate and as a result of her E! reality show The Anna Nicole Show, died in 2007 at the age of 39 from a drug overdose. Following a dramatic paternity suit with Howard K. Stern -- Smith's partner at the time of her death -- Larry Birkhead was awarded custody of his and Smith's daughter, Dannielynn, 5.

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