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Anna Nicole Smith has learned a little about money management from her lengthy dispute over her late husband's fortune.
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updated 1/16/2007 2:52:57 AM ET 2007-01-16T07:52:57

Anna Nicole Smith wants to make sure no one gets their hands on her assets.

The former Playmate — who for years has been involved in a messy dispute over her late husband’s fortune — is looking to set up a dummy corporation so that the man who says he’s the father of her daughter can’t get any of the money she might inherit.

“Now that a judge has ordered a paternity suit so that Larry Birkhead can determine if he is, indeed the father, Anna’s scared,” says a source. “Anna’s no legal eagle, but the idea of a dummy or shell corporation is something she learned in her fight over [her late husband] J. Howard Marshall’s estate. And, of course her lawyer [Howard K. Stern, the man Smith says is the baby’s father] explained it to her.”

The insider says that Smith is “still waiting for that money from Marshall’s estate to come through, and she shouldn’t hold her breath.”

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Even though her biggest nemesis, Marshall’s son, has died, the estate is prepared to fight it, says the source, adding, “She’s looking to protect assets that she doesn’t really have and from what I hear, isn’t likely to get.”

Steamy nights
Mariah Carey sleeps in a steam room.

The diva says that there’s one room that didn’t appear on that infamous “Cribs” tour of her apartment, and that’s her bedroom, which she has turned into a water-logged chamber to keep her vocal chords humidified.

“Literally I’ll have twenty humidifiers around the bed,” Carey told V magazine. “Basically it’s like sleeping in a steam room. The bed is all terry-cloth, the ceiling is pitched so the water can’t fall on my head, and it drips down to my side, and the TV is behind glass.”

Carey, who is known for her provocative on-and-off-stage outfits, also discussed her sexy image — and blamed the media.

“I think that a lot of women are just trying to live up to the stereotypes and to the standard that’s set on TV and in magazines, which is airbrushed women who weigh 3 pounds,” she said. “And it’s not fair. It’s not easy. But everybody gets really protective of me. They’re, like, ‘Be less sexy.’” She said that if she overdoes the sexy look “it’s not intentional — if you film my body a certain way, it’s gonna look like a certain way. But honestly, I’ve been the same way since I was a little kid. Like, I’m just emulating whatever’s on a magazine. “

Notes from all over
Adding fuel to those rumors that Leonardo DiCaprio is looking to adopt a child in Africa, the “Blood Diamond” star told the Brazilian magazine Contigo that he was deeply moved after meeting HIV-infected tykes. “You would also consider the possibility of adoption, even if you are single, after meeting those wonderful boys and girls,” DiCaprio said, reports our translator. . . . Looks like all those fancy dance moves may be getting to Madonna. The 48-year-old singer was photographed by a German magazine toting a bag that contained a medicine most commonly used for achy joints, gout, and arthritis.  . . . Drew Barrymore has quirky taste in men. The actress told Harper’s Bazaar that she’d like to work with “Borat” star Sacha Baron Cohen, adding, “I like smart, weird, funny and sharp. The guys I had crushes on growing up were Ted Koppel and David Letterman.”

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