Pamela Denise Anderson (born July 1, 1967) is a Canadian-American actress. In addition to her acting career, she is also a model, producer, author, activist and a former showgirl, known for her roles on the television series Home Improvement, Baywatch and V.I.P.. She was chosen as a Playmate of the Month for Playboy magazine in February 1990. For a time, she was known as Pamela Anderson Lee (or Pamela Lee) after marrying Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. Anderson is a member of the animal rights movement and has conducted campaigns condemning the commercial fur industry and promoting veganism through the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). In 2006, she was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.
She maintains dual Canadian and American citizenship.
Anderson was born in Ladysmith, British Columbia, the daughter of Barry, a furnace repairman, and Carol (née Grosco) Anderson, a waitress. Her great-grandfather, Juho Hyytiäinen, was Finnish, a native of Saarijärvi, and left the Grand Duchy of Finland (which was a part of the Russian Empire at the time) in 1908. He changed his name to Anderson when he arrived as an immigrant. Anderson also has Russian ancestry on her mother’s side.
Anderson got some press coverage right after her birth as the country’s “Centennial Baby”, having been the first baby born on July 1, 1967, the 100th anniversary of Canada’s official founding via the Constitution Act, 1867.
Anderson suffered frequent sexual abuse as a child, a fact she would not reveal publicly until 2014: she was molested by a female babysitter from ages 6 to 10, raped by a 25-year-old man when she was twelve, and gang-raped by her boyfriend and six of his friends when she was 14. She also revealed that her father, though “loving”, had been an alcoholic.
Anderson attended Highland Secondary School in Comox, British Columbia. During high school, she played on the volleyball team. She graduated in 1985. In 1988, Anderson moved to Vancouver and worked as a fitness instructor.
In addition to her fame from modelling and acting, Anderson has received a great deal of press attention for her well-publicized personal life. Her relationships have made headlines in gossip magazines for years.
Anderson married Tommy Lee, drummer of Mötley Crüe, on February 19, 1995, after knowing him for 96 hours/4 days. They wed on a beach, with Anderson in a bikini. Anderson’s mother did not know, and learned of the marriage from People magazine. During this time, she was known professionally as Pamela Anderson Lee. Together they have two sons, Brandon Thomas Lee and Dylan Jagger Lee. Dylan Jagger Lee was named for Anderson’s great grandfather, Dale Jagger Grosco who fought in World War II. The couple divorced in 1998. Although divorced, the couple reunited briefly upon Lee’s release from prison but eventually split again in 2001. They reconciled and split again in 2008.
In March 2002, Anderson publicly stated that she had contracted Hepatitis C from Lee (supposedly from sharing tattoo needles), and began writing a regular column for Jane magazine. In October 2003, Anderson jokingly said on Howard Stern’s radio show that she does not expect to live more than 10 or 15 years, but this was misconstrued and taken seriously by many websites and tabloids. As of 2015, Anderson was cured of Hepatitis C
Anderson is a vegan, an advocate for animal rights, and an active member of the animal protection organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), taking part in several campaigns for animal rights. She became a vegetarian in her early teens when she saw her father cleaning an animal he had hunted.
|1991||The Taking of Beverly Hills||Cheerleader||Uncredited|
|1996||Barb Wire||Barb Wire||Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight|
|2003||Scary Movie 3||Becca|
|2003||Pauly Shore Is Dead||Herself|
|2008||Superhero Movie||Invisible Girl|
|2008||Blonde and Blonder||Dee Twiddle||Also executive producer|
|2010||Costa Rican Summer||Herself|
|2010||Hollywood & Wine||Jennifer Mary|
|2010||The Commuter||Female Guest in Hotel||Short film|
|2014||What are men doing! 2||Herself||Russian: Что творят мужчины! 2|
|1990||Married with Children||Yvette||Episode: “Al… with Kelly”|
|1990||Charles in Charge||Chris||Episode: “Teacher’s Pest”|
|1991||Married People||Terri||Episode: “The Nanny”|
|1991||Top of the Heap||Romona||Episode: “Behind the Eight Ball”|
|1991||Married with Children||Cashew||Episode: “Route 666: Part 2”|
|1991–1993, 1997||Home Improvement||Lisa||Recurring role, 23 episodes|
|1992||Days of Our Lives||Cindy||Recurring role|
|1992–1997||Baywatch||Casey Jean “C.J” Parker||Series regular, 110 episodes|
|1994||Come Die with Me: A Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer Mystery||Velda||TV movie|
|1995||Baywatch the Movie: Forbidden Paradise||Casey Jean “C.J” Parker||TV movie|
|1997||The Nanny||Heather Biblow-Imperiali||Episodes: “Danny’s Dead and Who’s Got the Will?” and “The Heather Biblow Story”|
|1997||Saturday Night Live||Herself – Host||Episode: “Pamela Lee/Rollins Band”|
|1998–2002||V.I.P.||Vallery Irons||Lead role, 88 episodes|
|1999||Futurama||Herself/Dixie||Episodes: “A Fishful of Dollars” and “Fry and the Slurm Factory”, voice role|
|2002||King of the Hill||Cyndi||Episode: “The Fat and the Furious”, voice role|
|2003||Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding||Casey Jean “C.J.” Parker||TV movie|
|2003||Less Than Perfect||Vicki Devorski||Episode: “All About Claude”|
|2003–2004||Stripperella||Stripperella||Series regular, 13 episodes, voice role|
|2005||8 Simple Rules||Cheryl||Episodes: “C.J.’s Temptation” and “Torn Between Two Lovers”|
|2005–2006||Stacked||Skyler Dayton||Series regular, 19 episodes
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards for Best TV Actress: Comedy
|2010||Bigg Boss 4 on Colors||Herself||Special guest in India|
|2013||Package Deal||Dr. Sydney Forbes||Recurring role, 4 episodes|