Biography of Pamela Denise Anderson (a.k.a.: Pam Anderson)
Pamela Denise Anderson was born at 4:08am, July 1, 1967 in
Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada. 1967 was Canada's centennial year and Pamela
was the first baby born this day in all of Canada earning her the title "The
Centennial Baby". This earned her an article in the local newspaper, the
Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle. The Anderson's
received cash prizes and awards for having the first baby born in Canada on
this day, Canada's 100th Birthday. "That's where it all started" says
Shortly after that, her parents Barry, a furnace repairman and Carol, a waitress,
moved to Comox, British Columbia where they purchased a large six bedroom house
on Douglas Street. Comox is about 200 kilometers north of Vancouver, British
Columbia and it was there one day in a library that Pamela's modeling career
would start. Pamela was sitting listening to a story with about one hundred
other children when a photographer captured a picture of her that won the hearts
of all that saw viewed it. It was quickly copyrighted and placed in all the
libraries in British Columbia.
Pamela's teen years weren't anything out of the ordinary, she had braces and
she was small chested. She excelled in virtually every sport she played, earning
the nick-name "Rubber-Band" for her flexibility. Upon graduating from
Highland Secondary School in 1985 her yearbook entry stated that her aspiration
in life was "To be a California Beach Bum".
In 1988, Pamela moved to Vancouver to get a taste of the
big city and get on with her life. She was working as a fitness instructor
when her direction in life changed. It was the summer of 1989 when close friends
of Pamela invited her to go to a Canadian Football League (CFL) game with them.
One of her friends was a representative for Labatt's beer breweries. The game
was between the British Columbia Lions and the Toronto Argonauts in B.C. Place
and at one of the stoppages in play, the cameraman was roaming the crowd looking
for someone to put up on the big screen for all to see. He found Pamela and
when he put her bright smiling face up on the screen, the place erupted! Labatt's
noticed the response this woman was getting and the fact that she was wearing
a Labatt's shirt her friend had given her cemented the deal. She began modeling
for Labatt's in their then current promotion for the "Blue Zone".
As the "Blue Girl", Pamela's posters were plastered all over walls
in bars and restaurants Canada wide.
A gentleman by the name of Ken Honey, a freelance photographer based out of
Vancouver took a few pictures of Pamela and after convincing Pamela, he sent
them into Playboy on Pamela's behalf. Playboy liked what they saw and in October
of 1989, Pamela moved to Los Angeles, California to do a cover for the October
(1989) issue of Playboy. The first time Pamela ever stepped in front of a motion
picture camera was February 1990 at Playboy where she was preparing for an early
sequence test for her upcoming pictorial.
The Playboy spread generated activity on Pamela's career agenda. She had small
parts on shows such as Fox's "Married with Children" and in 1991,
she got the part of "Lisa", the "Tool-Time-Girl" on ABC
Television's "Home Improvement". Luck wasn't finished playing a part
in Pamela's life though, David Hasslehoff was a fan of the show and when he
saw Pamela in the role of "Lisa", he knew he'd found his new lifeguard
for his then-new series "Baywatch". C.J. Parker (Pamela's character
name on Baywatch) was born. Pamela immediately jumped at the idea of Baywatch
and she says that the character of C.J. and herself are very similar. Her grandfather
Herman, a immigrant from Finland always taught Pamela to believe in "New
Age Thinking", crystals, meditation and dream interpretation. C.J., according
to Baywatch, has the same views.
Pamela has starred in several other roles outside of Baywatch including an unaccredited
role in the 1992 flop, "The Taking of Beverly Hills". After that,
she went on to star as "Felicity" in the thriller "Snapdragon".
This one is highly recommended if you're a Pam fanatic. In 1994, she played
the part of "Sarah" in the HBO movie "Raw Justice" with close friend of the Lee's David Keith. Mickey Spillane's
detective series, "Mike Hammer" came calling later that year and Pamela
found herself playing the very beautiful "Velda". 1995 came and Pamela
played a quirky sculptor/artist in the TV movie, "The Evolution of Mr.
E.", adapted from the H.G. Wells book of the same name.
1995 held other surprises as well for Pamela, one of which was a husband! On
New Year's evening in 1994, Pamela was attending a party in New York where she
met Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee. He came right up to her and licked her face!
They talked off and on and after he begged her several times for her phone number,
she finally gave in and let him have it. Tommy called Pamela over and over again
for the next few weeks trying to arrange a date and in the first week of February
1995, he succeeded only to be cancelled on at the last moment. He wasn't about
to give up on Pamela though, she'd been called away to Cancun, Mexico to do
a photo shoot for her sun-tan lotion line and Tommy, determined to win over
Pamela at any cost, followed her.
After four days of courting and endless parties, the two were married on a beach.
Pamela wearing a white bikini and Tommy wearing a set of shorts. After returning
to L.A., they had wedding rings tattooed on their fingers. Pamela's says "Tommy's"
and Tommy's says "Pamela's". The got remarried for fun in silver space
suits with friends there "just because".
Going against the advice of Nick Stevens, her personal manager, Pamela accepted
the role to play futuristic bounty hunter Barb Wire for Dark Horse Comics and
Gramercy Pictures (PolyGram in the UK). He thought it would be a tremendous
mistake but Pamela thought otherwise and May 3rd, 1996, Barb Wire opened in 1500 theatres across the United States. The soundtrack to
Barb Wire features a song Tommy wrote called "Planet Boom". If you
like heavier music, this CD is the one to buy!. It's amazing.
Unfortunately, stardom has a price. While filming Barb Wire, Pamela and Tommy
suffered a miscarriage. They were both devastated but like Tommy told Pamwatch,
"Our little angel is up there in good hands." There wasn't really
anyone or anything to blame other than the fact that Pamela, being the hard
worker that she is was simply overworked. Stress played it's roll on Pamela,
she was filming Baywatch in the day and then after 10 hours in the Sun, she'd
go to the set of Barb Wire and film some more. I recall days when Pamela would
be so tired, her emails would be no more than four or five words. it's amazing
she had strength to type at all.
October 15th 1995 was a great day around here at the offices of Pamwatch. We
received word before anyone else that Pamela was pregnant again. Tommy and her
were bouncing off the walls! If you can believe how devoted this woman is to
her fans, she emailed us using her portable Apple Powerbook from her hospital
bed. Reports came in Monday from the media that Pamela tried to kill herself
but it wasn't until Wednesday that word slipped out that she was pregnant.
In December of 1995, The Lee's were invited to England to spend the holidays
by the U.K. newspaper "The Sun". Amazingly, they accepted the invitation.
What was amazing about it is that "The Sun" is one of the worst "tabloid"
type papers in the U.K. but Pamela and Tommy thought if they gave them an exclusive
interview, then maybe they'd leave them alone for awhile. They were wrong. The
paper printed the interview all right.. but it'd been doctored up to make it
look like all that was talked about was sex! Leave it to the tabloids to have
a perfect opportunity to print the truth
but rather than take that opportunity, they lie!
While in England, Pamela and Tommy traveled with their close friend and personal
assistant, Jon Roberts. They had a blast, Pamela was buying every fluffy hat
she could find and the candles... ha! The candles are another story. She got
in trouble trying to make the Queen's Guard lose their concentration. Tommy
told us she was doing a good job until the Police broke it up. December 27th
1995 was spent in Venice, Italy where Tommy and Pamela renewed their wedding
Recently, Lee made the transition into the
feature film arena, starring in Dark Horse Entertainment's action comedy "Barb
Wire." Distributed by Gramercy Films, "Barb Wire" was released
in the spring of 1996.
In addition, Lee was featured in the CBS
movie-of-the-week, "Deader Than Ever, " a hip and updated Mike Hammer
mystery, co-starring Rob Estes. She recently co-starred in the television movie
"The Evolution of Mr. E., " adapted from the H.G. Wells short story,
where she portrayed a quirky sculptor/artist. Pamela is was wed to Motley Crue
drummer Tommy Lee, and the couple had two children. However, the couple divorced
in early 1998.
Full name: Pamela Denise Anderson
Birthdate: July 1, 1967
Birthplace: Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada
Pamela Anderson's Filmography
|TITLE||YEAR OF RELEASE|
|Pam & Tommy Lee: Stolen Honeymoon||1998|
|Barb Wire DVD||1996|
|Baywatch: The Movie - Forbidden Paradise||1995|
|Playboy: The Best of Pamela Anderson DVD||1995|
|Raw Justice DVD||1994|
|Playboy Video Centerfold: Pamela Anderson||1992|
|Playboy: 1991 Video Playmate Calendar||1990|
|Playboy - The Ultimate Pamela Anderson DVD||2002|
|VIP - The Complete First Season DVD||1998|