Born on July 1, 1967 in Ladysmith, British Columbia, Pamela Anderson is an actress, model, former showgirl, and activist who is best known for her roles on Baywatch and Home Improvement, her marriage with Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, and her stint with Playboy. She’s one of the contestants on the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars.
The daughter of a waitress and a furnace repairman, Anderson has Finnish and Russian lineage. She also owns the distinction of being Canada’s “Centennial Baby” as being the first born on Canada’s Centennial Day. This was disputed by a Campbell River Upper Islander report. Growing up, she attended and graduated from Highland Secondary School in 1985, after which she moved to Vancouver and worked as a fitness instructor. She was “discovered” at a BC Lions game when she was shown on the stadium screen wearing a Labatt’s t-shirt.
In late 1989, Anderson, then 21, accepted an offer to pose for Playboy magazine, appearing as their October 1989 cover girl. Right about this time, she has moved to Los Angeles to pursue modeling professionally.
After the move to LA, Anderson bagged a minor role as the first “Tool Time girl” on Home Improvement. After two seasons with the sitcom, she moved on and nabbed the role of C.J. Parker on Baywatch, the show that would catapult her to fame not only in the States, but also overseas.
This was followed by a role in Barb Wire in 1996, a guest-host spot on Saturday Night Live, a stint on VIP, a three-day visit to the Australian Big Brother House, a giantess role on a music video, her own reality show on E!, plus several more appearances for Playboy. She returned to Baywatch for the 2003 reunion movie Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding.
Anderson married Lee after knowing him for only 96 hours, eventually having two kids with him Brandon Thomas and Dylan Jagger. She field for divorce from him twice and reconciled with him twice, too, until breaking up for good. A home sex video was allegedly stolen from their home and made the rounds on the internet. After the divorce, she was engaged to model Marcus Schenkenberg and to the singer Kid Rock, and in 2007 married Paris Hilton’s ex Rick Salomon, which he requested to be annulled several months later.
Anderson is also a vegetarian and an outspoken advocate for animal rights through PETA.