"Making love in the morning got me through morning sickness. I found I could be happy and throw up at the same time." Pamela Anderson
A sex symbol of the mid 90s, blonde-haired model and actress Pamela Anderson gained her popularity as sexy lifeguard Casey Jean Parker (C.J Parker, 1992-1997) on the hit syndicated TV series Baywatch. Pamela's other small screen work includes starring in the action series V.I.P (1998-2000) and lending her voice in the animated series Stripperella (2003). As for the silver screen, she was noticed acting in such movies as Barb Wire (1996) and Scary Movie 3 (2003).
Pamela's private life has frequently caught the public attention, most notably for her stolen honeymoon videotape with then husband Tommy Lee, and her dramatic relationship with rock star Kid Rock. She also shocked her fans when she admitted she was infected by the Hepatitis C virus after sharing a tattoo needle with Tommy Lee.
Sex icon Pamela stands at 5' 7" inches tall and has been 34A-21-32 (18-year-old-model), 36B-22-34 (Playmate in 1990), and 34C-24-34 (1997) and has broken the record for posing on the cover of Playboy magazine (she posed 11 times). Besides her high profile relationship with Tommy Lee and Kid Rock, Pamela was also linked with such names as pro surfer Kelly Slater, Poison's vocalist Bret Michaels, Swedish model/actor Marcus Schenkenberg, photographer Dan Ilicic, as well as actors David Charvet and Scott Baio.
"It's hard to date when you have children. It's hard because you can't bring people home, necessarily, so you're kind of hopping around. I don't know, I feel a little dirty!" Pamela Anderson
On more positive side, vegetarian Pamela is an avid activist of the animal rights organization PETA. For her support to the movement, Pamela was awarded a Linda McCartney Award for animal rights protectors in 1999. She also participated in several children's religious activities throughout the world.
Childhood and Family:
In Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada, Pamela Denise Anderson was born on Canada's one-hundredth anniversary, July 1, 1967, and was titled The Centennial Baby. Her parents, Barry Anderson (furnace repairman) and Carol Anderson (waitress), won cash prizes for Pamela's birth. Of Finnish descent, Pamela followed her parents to the city of Vancouver and graduated from Highland Secondary School in 1985.
"It's going to take a certain man for me to ever get involved with, because he'll have to realize I don't have two children, I have three. Tommy is always going to always be a part of my life."
On February 19, 1995 Pamela tied the knot with Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee after knowing him for only 96 hours. A year later, the couple divorced on November 19 (for physical abuse to Pamela), remarried on December 24, and divorced again in February 1998. Tommy Lee and Pamela have two sons, Dylan Jagger Lee (born on December 29, 1997) and Brandon Thomas Lee (born on June 5, 1996).
Branding a Business
"I don't really think about anything too much. I live in the present. I move on. I don't think about what happened yesterday. If I think too much, it kind of freaks me out." Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson worked as a fitness instructor until she was accidentally spotted on the wide screen while watching a British Columbia Lions football competition. Wearing a Labatt Beer's T-shirt, Pamela was hired to be the spokesmodel for the company's advertisements. She followed it up with appearing in Playboy. Soon Hollywood's door opened and Pamela appeared as a guest on the shows Charles in Charge and Married... with Children in 1990.
Her initial breakout role was that of Lisa, the Tool Time girl on the popular television series Home Improvement (1991-1993). While working on the series, Pamela attracted the attention of the Baywatch's casting crew who were in search of an Erika Eleniak substitute. From 1992 to 1997, Pamela portrayed the role of sexy blonde lifeguard Casey Jean Parker (C.J Parker) on the international hit syndicated series, a role that helped to catapult her name toward the world's sexiest star title.
Pamela began her silver screen work with the unaccredited role of a cheerleader in the low-budget The Taking of Beverly Hills (1991). She costarred in such B-movies as Worth Keeter's Snapdragon (1993, playing Felicity), David A. Prior's Raw Justice (1994, as Sarah), and Lyndon Chubbuck's Naked Souls (1995, as Britt). Meanwhile, she kept acting on TV, playing Velda on the CBS' mystery-comedy Come Die With Me: A Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Mystery in 1994 (co-starring with Rob Estes).
In 1996 Pamela won her first starring role. She portrayed the title role of Barb Wire in David Hogan's adaptation of Chris Warner's comic book Casablanca. Pamela was noted for the tagline "Don't call me babe" in the action-drama film, which ended both as a critical and commercial flop. However, the Baywatch star continued to act in films, including starring as celebrity/bodyguard Vallery Irons in the syndicated action series V.I.P (1998-2000), which she also helped produce.
During 2003 Pamela worked in two films by providing her voice for the title role, Stripperella, in the animated movie with the same name, and starring as Becca in David Zucker's horror-comedy Scary Movie 3, sharing the screen with Jenny McCarthy, Marny Eng, and Charlie Sheen.
After two years of hiatus, Pamela will soon team with Emmy winning actor Christopher Lloyd on the Fox's series Stacked. Producer John Acunto commented, "This is very exciting for us and we are happy to see Pamela getting her debut on network television. We realize that this will create more exposure to Pamela. The retail launch of the product could not have been timed any better. We are discussing advertising opportunities with Fox for national and/or regional placement of our commercial within the program."
Pamela has recently branched out her talent in writing. She launched her debut book, Star, on August 3, 2004 and was reported preparing two novels, Above The Waist and Below The Belt. Pamela, a sharp businesswoman, has released her own clothing line, which includes jeans, T-shirts, sweaters, jewelry, lingerie and fragrance.
"And I'm not an actress. I don't think I am an actress. I think I've created a brand and a business.'' Pamela Anderson
- Razzie Award: Worst New Star, Barb Wire, 1997
- Golden Apple: Sour Apple, 1997