Denise Anderson (born July 1, 1967) is a Canadian television
actress, model, producer, and author. She was formerly known
as Pamela Anderson Lee and Pamela Lee.
Pamela Anderson was born in Ladysmith, British Columbia,
Canada of partially Finnish ancestry (her paternal grandfather,
Juho Hyytiäinen, from Saarijärvi, left Finland in
1908). As the first baby born on Canada's Centennial Day (well
past midnight, at 4:08 in the morning), the newborn Anderson
won fame as the nation's "Centennial Baby". After
her birth, her parents Barry and Carol Anderson moved to the
town of Comox with Pamela, who was still a baby.
In 1985, Pamela Anderson graduated from Highland Secondary
School. In her high school yearbook, she wrote that she wanted
to be a California beach bum. In 1988, Anderson moved to the
city of Vancouver, where she got the taste of a city life
and worked as a fitness instructor. During the summer of 1989,
Anderson and her friends went to a Canadian football game.
At some point during the game, Anderson was shown on the stadium
screen. The crowd at the game cheered for the young Anderson,
then 18. Anderson was taken to the field to get an ovation
from the crowd.
During the game, Pamale Anderson wore a Labatt's t-shirt.
The beer company offered Anderson a modeling contract and
she agreed. Soon, Anderson was on posters in every bar in
Canada. In late 1989, Pamela decided to model for Playboy
magazine. She appeared on the October 1989 cover (credited
as Pamela Anderson Ilicic) and decided to move to Los Angeles
to continue her modeling career.
Acting and modeling career
After her move to Los Angeles, Anderson dyed her hair blonde
and got breast implants to enhance her look. In 1991, Anderson
starred on the United States hit television sitcom Home
Improvement (1991-1993). She gained attention from the viewers,
which got her the role of C.J. Parker (1992-1997) on Baywatch.
Later, she quit Home Improvement. Anderson was still modeling
for Playboy and appearing on the cover of the magazine each
year. Her role as C.J. Parker gave Anderson more popularity
and attention from international viewers.
In 1996, she appeared in a feature film, Barb Wire, as a
character known as Barbara Rose Kopetski, which was mistakenly
thought by some to have been her real name. The movie failed
to achieve commercial success. During the filming of Barb
Wire, Anderson suffered a miscarriage.
In April 1997, Anderson guest-hosted Saturday Night Live.
During the beginning of the show, Anderson said You know,
if you're nervous on stage, you actually should BE naked!
She then went into an impromptu striptease (to the audience's
delight and the censors' dismay). Her unmentionables were
immediately blurred, and the segment became fodder for late-night
comedians for the following weeks. She also appeared on
one of two covers for the September issue of Playboy, the
other cover had Jenny McCarthy on the cover.
In September 1998, Anderson starred in her produced series
V.I.P.. The show was very poorly received and a critical
bomb. However, with enough people tuning in to just see
Pamela Anderson, the show lasted an impressive four seasons.
It was cancelled in 2002.
On April 15, 1999, Anderson stunned the world by removing
her breast implants. Many were shocked and wondered how
Anderson's career could go on without big breasts, as they
had been a staple and stepping stone for much of her life.
Anderson brushed aside these remarks, stating that she needed
to dedicate her time by raising her children and modeling
In March 2001, Christine Evelyn Roth pled guilty to a misdemeanor
charge of trespassing and was deported to her home country,
France. The woman had been arrested while sleeping in a
guest room of Anderson's home, but she was only charged
with trespassing and not the more serious crime of stalking.
In March 2002, Anderson publicly stated that she had contracted
the Hepatitis C virus from Lee (supposedly from sharing
tattoo needles), and began writing a regular column for
Jane magazine. Lee denies having the disease.
Anderson became the celebrity spokesperson
for the American Liver Foundation, and served as the Grand Marshall
of the SOS motorcycle ride fundraiser. In October 2003, Anderson
jokingly said on Howard Stern's radio show that she does not
expect to live more than ten or fifteen years, but this was
misconstrued and taken seriously by many Internet sites and
In 2004, Anderson returned to the world. In May, Anderson
appeared naked on the cover of Playboy magazine. It was the
first time she appeared naked on any magazine cover. Later,
she posed naked for Stuff magazine and GQ magazines. Many
noticed that her breast size was larger from her pictorials
Anderson became a naturalized citizen of the United States
on May 12, 2004, while retaining her Canadian citizenship,
for the purpose of sponsoring her parents (or at least her
mother) for a green card. She has lived in southern California
Anderson has often spoken revealingly about her private life.
On a visit to the David Letterman show in 2004, she said she
had not been dating for some time, and when Letterman asked
her how she was coping, she responded, "There's not a
square corner left anywhere in my house!" Letterman left
that comment unanswered while the audience hooted.
In January 2005, Anderson confessed that she got new breast
implants. Anderson said that she didn't feel like herself
and decided to get them back. Anderson also claimed that the
new breast implants were bigger than her old implants that
she took out in 1999.
In April 2005, Anderson starred in a new FOX sitcom Stacked
as Skyler Dayton, a party girl (with implants) who goes to
work at a bookstore.
She produced a statement in late 2005 saying "I am the
greatest slut..." obviously speaking her openness about
sex and her opinions in free sex. During summer 2005, Comedy
Central created the Roast of Pamela Anderson to honor the
sex symbol for the past decade.
In December 2005, NBC cut off a video of Anderson pole dancing
topless on Elton John's The Red Piano. NBC said that the footage
was inappropriate for primetime. The video was shown on huge
screens during the event, while John was playing a song. Anderson
was topless, but stars were painted on her breasts.
As of 2006, Anderson is currently starring on the FOX Network
In March 2006, it was announced that Anderson would receive
a star on Canada's Walk of Fame thanks to her many years as
a model and actress. She is only the second model to receive
In addition to her fame from modelling and acting, Anderson
has gotten a great deal of press attention for her flamboyant
personal life. She married pop-metal star Tommy Lee of the
band Mötley Crüe on February 19, 1995 after knowing
him for only 96 hours, and subsequently bore him two sons,
Brandon and Dylan.
After reported incidents of spousal abuse and alcoholism
on the part of Lee, Anderson filed for divorce twice and reconciled
twice, before the couple finally broke up for good. During
the period of her marriage, she was known professionally as
Pamela Anderson Lee.
Since her divorce, she has become engaged to Marcus Schenkenberg
and Kid Rock. She broke up with Schenkenberg in 2001, and
broke up with Kid Rock in 2003.
Anderson has also had relationships with Scott Baio, "Baywatch"
co-star David Charvet, and musician Bret Michaels of the band
Poison. She has also allegedly has had affairs with celebrities
including Sylvester Stallone, Dean Cain, surfer Kelly Slater,
Ben Affleck, Fred Durst, reality TV star Eric Nies, and Stephen
Dorff. Anderson has started a relationship with former Formula
One driver Eddie Irvine.
A pornographic home video of Anderson and Lee was stolen
from their home, and made a huge stir on the Internet. Anderson
sued the company, the Internet Entertainment Group, that was
distributing the video. Ultimately the courts awarded Anderson
and Lee $1.5 million plus attorney fees for their share of
The popularity and profitability of the video sparked a miniature
genre within the porn film industry, and since then many homemade
porn videos of celebrities have been released to the public
through home video and Internet channels (either with or without
the participants' co-operation). Frames of the video first
appeared in Penthouse magazine in March, 1998.
In 2004, Pamela Anderson released the book Star, co-written
by author Eric Shaw Quinn, in which she describes a young
teenager doing different things in order to reach fame. After
this, she began touring across the States, signing autographs
to fans at Wal-Mart stores nationwide.
Her second book, a sequel, Star Struck, released in 2005,
is a thinly veiled look at her life with Tommy Lee and the
travails of celebrity life.
Anderson is a strict vegetarian, an advocate for animal rights,
and an active member of the animal protection organization
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
In 1999, Anderson received the first Linda McCartney Memorial
Award for animal rights protectors. The award was given to
Pamela for her campaign against fur.
In 2001, Anderson released a letter in support of PETA's
campaign against Kentucky Fried Chicken; stating, "What
KFC does to 750 million chickens, each year, is not civilized
or acceptable." She later made a video about KFC's treatment
In 2003, Anderson stripped down for PETA's "I'd Rather
Go Naked Than Wear Fur" advertising campaign.
In January 2006, Anderson requested that the Governor of
Kentucky remove a bust of Colonel Sanders, the founder of
KFC, from display but her request was denied, even when she
offered her own bust in exchange.
In February 2006, Anderson decided to boycott the Kentucky
Derby because of its support for Kentucky Fried Chicken.
In March of 2006, Anderson asked to speak to Prime Minister
Stephen Harper about the annual seal hunt. Her request was
The Taking of Beverly Hills (1991)
Good Cop Bad Cop (1993)
Raw Justice (1994)
Naked Souls (1995)
Barb Wire (1996)
The Making of Bret Michaels (2002) (documentary)
Scooby-Doo (2002) (Cameo)
Earthlings (2003) (documentary)
Pauly Shore Is Dead (2003)
Scary Movie 3 (2003)
No Rules (2005) (Cameo)
Home Improvement (cast member from 1991-1993)
Baywatch (cast member from 1992-1997)
Come Die with Me: A Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Mystery
V.I.P. (1998-2002) (also executive producer)
Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding (2003)
Stripperella (2003-2004) (voice)
Appearances in Playboy special editions
Playboy's Playmate Review Vol. 7 June 1991.
Playboy's Nudes December 1991 - cover.
Playboy's International Playmates January 1992.
Playboy's Girls of Summer '92 June 1992.
Playboy's Girls of Summer '93 June 1993 - pages 6-7, 44.
Playboy's Wet & Wild Women July 1993.
Playboy's Video Playmates August 1993.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 33 September 1993.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 34 November 1993.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 35 January 1994.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 36 March 1994.
Playboy's Playmates in Paradise March 1994 - pages 38-43.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 37 May 1994.
Playboy's Girls of Summer '94 June 1994.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 38 July 1994.
Playboy's Nudes November 1994.
Playboy's Hot Denim Daze May 1995 - page 15.
Playboy's Nude Celebrities June 1995 - cover.
Playboy's Sexy 100 February 2003 - cover.
Disappearing labia: In the original Playboy spread, one of
Pamela's poses was a little more revealing than Playboy normally
provides. In subsequent reprintings in Newstand Specials,
as well as in a mass-market poster, that area was airbrushed.
Pamela made an appearance at the World Wrestling Federation's
Wrestlemania XI on April 2, 1995, as the guest valet for WWF
World Heavyweight Champion, Diesel. She had earlier appeared
at that year's Royal Rumble with the promise that she'd accompany
the winner of the Royal Rumble to WrestleMania.
Diesel was wrestling Shawn Michaels who had Jenny McCarthy
as his guest valet. Diesel left after pinning Michaels with
Anderson & McCarthy.
Has appeared 11 times on the cover of Playboy magazine (1989-2004).
Has been called the ultimate hot blonde by E!
Has a small bald patch on her scalp due to an injury involving
the removal of a brunette wig.
Has said that she has a pole in her house, and does pole dancing
like strippers do.
Has guest starred on the cartoon Futurama twice. Once as herself
and another doing a one line cameo.
Lycos Search Engine named her the most searched person on
the internet during the 1990's.
Suffered a miscarriage during the filming of Barb Wire in
Has been called the modern sex symbol.
Her makeup artist on series 2 of V.I.P. was Emma Nixon who
was once a Penthouse model and porn star
Is actually a natural born brunette
Featured in the video for Kanye West's "Touch The Sky".
Is currently on over 22,000,000 websites internationallly.
Expected to join Canada's Walk of Fame.
Voices in V.I.P. the video game.
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