In the Beginning
Many are familiar with Pamela Anderson, but not everyone is familiar with all of her achievements. She had the most humble of beginnings, her mother being a waitress and her father being an HVAC specialist. Interestingly enough, she managed to get a bit of publicity the day that she was born, as she was the country’s centennial baby, being born on July 1, 1967, the 100th anniversary of Canada’s founding. Aside from that brief high, her childhood was not pleasant. It is known now that she suffered constant sexual abuse at the hands of a female babysitter, and again by a 25-year-old man. None of this abuse, however, was perpetrated by either of her parents. During her childhood, she attended Highland Secondary School in Comox where she played on a volleyball team and graduated in 1985. In 1988, she made a move to Vancouver where she would work as a fitness instructor. In 1989, Pamela Anderson attended a BC Lions Canadian Football League game, and she was featured on the Jumbotron wearing a Labatt’s Beer t-shirt. The brewing company took notice and immediately hired her as a spokesmodel for the company. This was the beginning of what would become a lucrative career.
After her brief stint as a spokesmodel, Pamela Anderson quickly began her rise to fame by starring on a television sitcom called Home Improvement as the ‘Tool Time Girl’, and though she left the show after just two seasons, she went on to play C.J. Parker on Baywatch, a role which would last between 1992 and 1998. In addition to modeling for the magazine Outdoor Life, Anderson appeared in a music video called “Can’t Have Your Cake” by Vince Neil. 1996 would see Anderson playing in a movie called Barb Wire, which would never be a commercial success, but in 1998, she starred in a four-year-long series called VIP created by JF Lawton. She starred in several other music videos, and because of her role as CJ Parker, she gained plenty of international attention. In fact, she made a return to Baywatch for the 3004 reunion movie, and before that would appear on the popular sitcom The Nanny. Anderson became a naturalized citizen of the United States on May 12, 2004, though she did retain her Canadian citizenship. Having live in California since 1989, this came as no surprise to anyone. In 2004 Anderson became an author, releasing the book Star which chronicles both the adventures and the struggles of a teenager attempting to become famous. She released a second book, Star Struck in 2005 which was a representation of her own life, but not necessarily an autobiography. She would go on to star in many more movies and television shows, and in 2006, she was given a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. She is in fact only the second model to receive a star. Anderson made several appearances in the WWF(World Wrestling Federation) and also made appearances on various iterations of the popular reality television show ‘Big Brother'.
Most Known For
Pamela Anderson is most known for her role on Baywatch, but she also gained some notoriety as a member of PETA, campaigning against the use of fur. She launched a campaign against Kentucky Fried Chicken, with an open letter stating: "What KFC does to 750 million chickens each year is not civilized or acceptable."
Where Is He Now?
In 2005, and presumably to this day, Anderson became the spokesperson for MAC cosmetics MAC AIDS Fund which helps individuals affected by AIDS and HIV. Anderson raised money in several different events and also became a celebrity spokesperson for the American Liver Foundation. She has also shown her support for the legalization of cannabis by writing an open letter to President Barrack Obama. Over the years she has proven herself to be a great actor as well as a great activist.