|Anderson, Pamela||1967 --|
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
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 Pamela.
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 vows.
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.
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PAMELA ANDERSON'S FILMOGRAPHY
|Pam & Tommy Lee: Stolen Honeymoon||1998||Herself|
|Barb Wire (DVD) (VHS)||1996||Barb Wire/Barbara Kopetski|
|Baywatch: Forbidden Paradise (DVD) (VHS)||1995||C.J. Parker|
|Naked Souls (DVD) (VHS)||1995||Britt|
|Playboy: The Best of Pamela Anderson (DVD) (VHS)||1995||Herself|
|Raw Justice (DVD) (VHS)||1994||Sarah|
|Snapdragon (DVD) (VHS)||1993||Felicity|
|Playboy Video Centerfold: Pamela Anderson (DVD) (VHS)||1992||Herself|
|Playboy: 1991 Video Playmate Calendar (DVD) (VHS)||1990||Herself|
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