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Put on a Happy Face

Anna Nichole Smith and Britney Spears both put happy faces in their signatures. But putting on a happy face doesn't necessarily mean that you are the happy-go-lucky type.

First, let's look at Anna's signature. The middle zone of a writer's script (the lower-case letters a, c, e, i, m, n, o, r, s, u, v, w, x, z and the parts of other letters between the upper and lower loops) represents the writer's day-to-day life. While the initial capital letters and the "l" in Nicole are legible, the rest of her signature – Anna's middle zone -- is unreadable.  

Anna's unreadable middle zone shows she felt insecure and lost in her every day life. Also, if you look closely, you will notice that Anna's middle zone is a series of waves. These waves reflect how Anna's mood fluctuated, up and down, wavering between emotional peaks and deep valleys.

Anna's life certainly had its ups and downs, as her personal life and finances seemed to be in constant flux. After separating from her first husband, the 19-year old single mother began working at a strip club in Houston, where she met her next husband, the wheelchair-bound billionaire oil tycoon Howard Marshall II. In 1992, she appeared for the first time in Playboy. The following year, she was named Playmate of the Year and became the spokes-model for Guess jeans. She married Marshall in 1994, when she was 26 and he was 89. One year later, Marshall died and the fierce battle over Marshall's estate began. In September 2006, Anna gave birth to a daughter, Dannielynn in the Bahamas. A few days later, Daniel, Anna's 20-year-old son, died in her hospital room. A new battle ensued over Daniel's body and the paternity of Dannielynn. Six months later, on February 8th, Anna was dead at 39 years old. The cause of her death is still under investigation.
What motivated Britney Spears to flash her private parts to the paparazzi, shave off her hair, and tattoo her body? Let's see if her handwriting gives us any clues.

Notice how the ending stroke of the "y" in Britney's signature ends with an extra long and high curved stroke? Think of this stroke as the arm of a person who is frantically waving her hand and yelling, “Hey look at me.” This "over the top" ending stroke shows that Britney craves constant attention.

"X" formations appear in the handwriting of people who are self-destructive. Writers who are suicidal or obsessed with thoughts about death often put x's in their handwriting where they don't belong. Do you notice the “x” formation at the bottom of Britney's heart drawing? While party-girl Britney tries to put on a happy face, her signature reveals another reality, the kind of sadness that comes with a broken heart. Britney Spears has done it all. At 8, she starred in Disney's New Mickey Mouse Club show. She's won a Grammy, sold over 66 million records, and kissed Madonna. Like Anna Nicole, she's been married twice, given birth to two children, and starred in her own UPN reality show. It's been reported that Britney's signed on to do another reality show about her "come back" with MTV. Maybe it's time for Britney to turn off the cameras and get real.

Michelle Dresbold is a nationally known handwriting expert and personality profiler. Are you a doodler? Have a personal question or problem? Mail your doodles and handwritten letters to: The Handwriting Doctor, P.O. Box 1161, Monroeville, PA 15146.


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