Pamela Denise Anderson was born on July 1, 1967. Anderson began her modelling career in Labatt beer ads and then in the pages of Playboy. She transitioned to acting on TV’s Home Improvement, but real fame came with the television series Baywatch, making her a household name and instant sex symbol. A long-time supporter of animal rights, Anderson continues to act in smaller roles.
Anderson’s television success did not transfer well to the big screen. Despite mass publicity, including an appearance by Anderson at the Cannes Film Festival clad in a skin tight cat suit, her first effort, Barb Wire, was both a critical and commercial failure.
Anderson returned to television as the executive producer and star of V.I.P., in which she plays the owner of a bodyguard agency staffed exclusively by models. The series remains a success in syndication. Pamela’s 1995 marriage to Motley Crue rocker Tommy Lee captured persistent media attention.
The couple had two children, Brandon Thomas and Dylan Jagger. However, the marriage was continually fraught with controversy, including an incident in which stolen honeymoon tapes of the couple having sex were broadcast over the Internet. The marriage ended in divorce in 1998 after Lee was arrested and convicted for spousal abuse.
In 1999 she had her breast implants removed, ditched Lee for good and hooked up with Swedish model Marcus Schenkenberg, and latterly Kid Rock.In 1996, she had made her highest profile big screen appearance, in the disposable ‘Barb Wire’, which was a hit with hardcore fans, and also had an uncredited cameo in 2002’s live action ‘Scooby Doo’.
The same year she announced she had contracted hepatitis C after sharing a dirty needle with ex-husband Tommy Lee and was receiving treatment. She returned to the beach for ‘Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding’ and also played Becca in the horror spoof sequel, ‘Scary Movie 3’.
Year 2004 was a busy year for Anderson. She posed naked on the cover of Playboy magazine and became a naturalised citizen of the United States of America. That same year, Anderson published the book ‘Star’, which she co-wrote with Eric Shaw Quinn. The book follows the trials and tribulations of a teenager trying to make it in the world of showbiz.
She completed a tour to promote the book and went on to pen a sequel the following year. In 2005, Anderson made a return to the small screen, starring in the sitcom ‘Stacked’. However, the show was cancelled after just two seasons.
Off-screen, Anderson, a lifelong vegetarian, is an outspoken advocate for PETA, protesting the use of fur and the hunting of seals. She even auctioned off a 2000 Viper sports car that appeared in Pam: Girl on the Loose to support the non-profit organization.
In 2008, Anderson dipped a toe in the pool of reality television, appearing on Australia’s ‘Big Brother’ show and starring in her own series ‘Pam: Girl on the Loose’. Anderson appeared in the US show ‘Dancing with the Stars’ in 2010, coming sixth overall in the contest.