Pamela Denise Anderson
(born July 1, 1967) is an international television actress, model,
and producer known as much for her tumultuous personal life as for
her professional accomplishments.
Anderson was born in Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada on July 1,
1967. As the first baby born on Canada's Centennial Day, the newborn
Anderson won fame as the nation's "Centennial Baby".
She was subsequently "discovered" in 1989 when she was wearing a
Labatt's beer t-shirt at a football game.
She was hired by Labatt's
to promote their product, and soon after, she appeared in Playboy
Anderson's first major television role was on the United States hit
television sitcom Home Improvement (1991-1993). But her rise to
stardom came primarily from her role as C J Parker (1992-1997) on
Baywatch. In 1996, she appeared in a feature film, Barb Wire, which
failed to achieve commercial success; and in 1998 she appeared in
her own television series, V.I.P., which ran for four seasons. In addition to her fame
from modelling and acting, Anderson has gotten a great deal of press
attention for her flamboyant personal life. She married rock star
Tommy Lee of the band Mötley Crüe after knowing him for only 96
Anderson filed for divorce twice and reconciled twice, before
finally breaking her relationship with Lee. Since, she has become
engaged to model Marcus Schenkenberg, broken up with him, and became
engaged to rock musician Kid Rock.
A pornographic home video of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee was
stolen from their home, and made a huge stir on the Internet.
Anderson sued an Internet company which was distributing the video,
and some media sources reported that she settled the case for $10
In March 2001, Christine Evelyn Roth pled guilty to a misdemeanor
charge of trespassing and was deported to her home country, France.
The woman had been arrested while sleeping in a guest room of
Anderson's home, but she was only charged with trespassing and not
the more serious crime of stalking.
In March 2002,
Anderson publicly stated that she had contracted the Hepatitis C
virus from Lee (supposedly from sharing tattoo needles), and began
writing a regular column for Jane magazine. Anderson became the
celebrity spokesperson for the American Liver Foundation, and served
as the Grand Marshall of the SOS motorcycle ride fundraiser in
October. In October 2003, Ms. Anderson jokingly said on Howard
Stern's radio show that she does not expect to live more than ten or
fifteen years, but this was misconstrued and taken seriously by many
Internet sites and tabloids.
Lee denies having the disease and claims this is part of a ploy to
take custody of their children.
Anderson became a naturalized citizen of the United States on May
12, 2004, while retaining her Canadian citizenship. She has lived in
California since 1989. She is currently a columnist for the Canadian
Elle magazine and voices the title character on the animated series
In 2004, Pamela Anderson released the book Star, in which she
describes a young teenager doing different things in order to reach
fame. After this, she began touring across the States, signing
autographs to fans at Wal-Mart stores nationwide.
In 1999, Anderson received the Linda McCartney Award for animal
In 2003, Anderson released a letter in support of PETA's boycott of
Kentucky Fried Chicken; stating, "What KFC does to 750 million
chickens, each year, is not civilized or acceptable."