Celebrity Then And Now
Pamela Anderson
Name: Pamela Anderson
Birthdate: January 1, 1970
Famous Years: 1990-Present
Currently Known For: Activism, Modeling, Reality Television
Networth: $5 MillionFamous For: Baywatch, V.I.P., Playboy Model
Pamela Anderson
Name Pamela Anderson
Birthdate January 1, 1970
Famous Years 1990-Present
Currently Known For Activism, Modeling, Reality Television
Networth $5 Million
Famous For Baywatch, V.I.P., Playboy Model

When it comes to being famous, you mainly have to be in the right place at the right time. Pamela Anderson certainly knows that, and one simple discovery made her famous for life.

Anderson was immediately famous from birth as she wa the first child born in Canada following the country’s centennial on July 1, 1967. While the fame from that milestone would fade away rather quickly, Anderson continued on where she was a rather normal student in her native British Columbia before graduating high school in 1985.

In her early 20s, Anderson would move to Vancouver where she became a fitness instructor, and decided to attend a BC Lions football game in the city one day while she was wearing a shirt for Labatt beer. When she was featured on the stadium’s video board, there was an audible crowd reaction, and Labatt almost immediately offered her a job as a spokesmodel for the company.

The beer company wasn’t the only one that noticed, as Anderson was contacted by Playboy magazine, prompting her to move to Los Angeles and achieve fame as a cover model in 1990. That same year, those that didn’t read the magazine were still exposed to Anderson as she had a minor role on “Home Improvement”, which drew in huge ratings. Anderson then stepped into the limelight when she left the show in 1992, taking a much larger role as C.J. Parker on the series “Baywatch”. In 1997, Anderson left “Baywatch” and became the star of the series “V.I.P.” that would last for four seasons.

Anderson tried her hand at being a leading movie star while on “Baywatch”, but her films such as “Raw Justice” and “Barb Wire” didn’t really resonate with audiences, but her partnership with Playboy was still going strong. During this time, she also married rocker Tommy Lee, the drummer for Motley Crue. For those old enough to remember, there was a certain videotape that garnered worldwide attention, though we won’t get into details.

Anderson and Lee would end their marriage in 1998, though the couple remained together until 2001. While together, they had two sons named Brandon (born in 1996) and Dylan (born in 1997). Then, Anderson would move on to another rocker, this time being Kid Rock. The couple dated from 2001 to 2003 before splitting up, then getting back together and marrying in 2006. They would divorce the next year, and Anderson married Rick Salomon.

The initial marriage wouldn’t last long, either, as Anderson and Saloman annulled their marriage in 2008 as Anderson once again found herself in a relationship with Tommy Lee. This would go on for another two years before they split once more, and Anderson was eventually back with Salomon and the two were married for a second time, with the marriage lasting between 2014 and 2015.

Those relationships have been the focal point for Anderson’s career in the new millennium, as her acting career took a backseat. She would receive her own series in 2005 called “Stacked”, which premiered on Fox, but was canceled before the second season could even finish. The next year, however, she would have a critically acclaimed cameo in the film “Borat”, and then found a new home on reality television.

Anderson had her own show on E! called “Pam: Girl on the Loose”, and has since appeared on the Indian, German and British versions of “Big Brother, as well as the 10th season of “Dancing with the Stars” and the British “Dancing on Ice”. She still makes the occasional television appearance, and most recently shot a French-speaking miniseries in Canada called “Sur-Vie”. As for the big screen, Anderson reprised the role of C.J. Parker in the 2017 “Baywatch” movie adaptation.

Anderson said that she doesn’t want to be an actress forever, though. “I’m not an actress,” she said. “I don’t think I am an actress. I think I’ve created a brand and a business.” As for why she appeared in “Baywatch” in the first place, Anderson said that “It just fell into my lap really. It was a lot of hard work, and once I got into it, I liked really building a character and a persona. I started having fun with it, and I realized this is really a business and the joke isn’t on me anymore.”

Lately, Anderson has been making headlines for her political views and activism, which not everyone has agreed with. Her personal life is still of keen public interest, as well, as it seems the Anderson and Tommy Lee saga still isn’t over. In 2018, Anderson appeared in the news after a confrontation between Lee and her son Brandon that ended with Lee suffering facial injuries.

Anderson said that “I will never talk to Tommy again before he is sober and in his right mind. Though he’s made attempts to contact me, I have blocked him. It is impossible to reason with crazy. I stand by my son who acted out of self defense and was scared for his life.” It’s a rocky road between Anderson and her ex-husband, and a saga that figures not to end anytime soon.