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Also Known As: Pam Anderson, Pamela Lee, Pamela Anderson Lee, Pamela Denise Anderson Died:
Born: July 1, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Ladysmith, British Columbia, CA Profession: actor, model, fitness instructor

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owing appeals, Anderson and Lee were awarded $1.5 million, plus legal fees.In 1998, trouble with the seemingly happy couple began to emerge. Lee was arrested following a domestic dispute at their home in Malibu, in which Anderson accused her husband of kicking her in the back while she held their son. After pleading no contest to the assault, Lee was sentenced to four months in prison. While he was serving his sentence, the couple officially divorced. Over the years, Anderson and Lee reconciled a number of times - even as late as 1999 - but the relationship seemed destined to never work out. After much post-divorce rancor, Anderson and Lee finally called a truce, if only for the sake of their two children. Eventually, the couple would even become friends again in a few years, with both former lovers seemingly jealous of the other's current love interest from time to time.As the 21st century dawned, Anderson remained more relevant than ever. In addition to launching her own line of shoes, clothing and pet accessory products, she became an outspoken champion for animal rights. As a celebrity spokesperson for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Anderson gained newfound respect among...

owing appeals, Anderson and Lee were awarded $1.5 million, plus legal fees.

In 1998, trouble with the seemingly happy couple began to emerge. Lee was arrested following a domestic dispute at their home in Malibu, in which Anderson accused her husband of kicking her in the back while she held their son. After pleading no contest to the assault, Lee was sentenced to four months in prison. While he was serving his sentence, the couple officially divorced. Over the years, Anderson and Lee reconciled a number of times - even as late as 1999 - but the relationship seemed destined to never work out. After much post-divorce rancor, Anderson and Lee finally called a truce, if only for the sake of their two children. Eventually, the couple would even become friends again in a few years, with both former lovers seemingly jealous of the other's current love interest from time to time.

As the 21st century dawned, Anderson remained more relevant than ever. In addition to launching her own line of shoes, clothing and pet accessory products, she became an outspoken champion for animal rights. As a celebrity spokesperson for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Anderson gained newfound respect among animal lovers the world over by volunteering her time and money to such charitable causes as the Canadian Seal protection fund and the PETA boycott of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) over their allegedly cruel practices while farming their chickens. She also frequently lent her image, including a famous semi-nude pose with the tagline "I'd Rather Go Naked than Wear Fur," to the cause.

In March 2002, Anderson surprised the world by publicly revealing that she'd been diagnosed with Hepatitis C, an incurable viral disease that affects the liver. How Anderson came to be infected remained unclear, but the popular belief was that it most likely resulted from sharing tattoo needles with her husband. For the record, Lee publicly denied ever having the disease and publicly took Anderson to task for what he insisted was a lie. In an October 2003 appearance on Howard Stern's radio show, Anderson jokingly estimated that she did not expect to live more than 10 to 15 years, a statement which was misconstrued by the tabloids as true. With her divorce behind her and "V.I.P." coming to an end, Anderson announced she was taking a year off to focus on her health and spend more time with her children. Even so, Anderson stayed in the public eye by writing a regular column for Jane magazine. She also teamed up with Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee to create the animated series "Stripperella" (Spike, 2003), about a campy super-heroine based on Anderson's own likeness. The actress provided the voice of Stripperella, as well as her alter ego, the demure Erotica Jones.

After releasing her first book, Star (2004), co-written by Eric Shaw Quinn, Anderson made her much-anticipated return to television as the star of the wink-wink titled Fox comedy, "Stacked" (Fox, 2005-06). This time, Anderson played Skyler Dayton, a blond bombshell who works at a book store while trying to turn her love life around. The subject of an intense bidding war between ABC, NBC and Fox, "Stacked" premiered to strong ratings, but slipped dramatically as the series went on. In January 2006, Fox finally slammed the book on "Stacked" eight episodes into its second season. Despite the disappointment of her cancelled series, Anderson continued to make appearances on screen. In the 2006 mockumentary "Borat," she played a crucial role as the object of Kazakhstani journalist Borat Sagdiyev's affections, played by British chameleon Sacha Baron Cohen. Though Anderson herself only appeared briefly in an end cameo, much of the film's loose plot centered on the tactless foreign journalist's quest to kidnap and marry the famed sex symbol. Throughout the film's promotion, studio publicists laughably maintained that Anderson, like everyone else in the movie, was simply an unwitting dupe of the filmmakers. This claim, however, seemed incredibly unlikely, given that Anderson was kidnapped on-camera for the film's denouement. She later admitted to being in on the joke.

On a personal note, the actress was flying high as well when on July 18, 2006, she married her longtime on-again, off-again fiancée, Detroit rocker, Kid Rock, in Saint-Tropez. The couple also held additional wedding ceremonies in the United States. However, barely four months later - and only weeks after a sad miscarriage announcement - Anderson surprised the public by applying for an annulment. Both camps went back and forth as to why, with Anderson claiming Rock was incensed at her appearance in "Borat." Rock countered by insisting it was due to Anderson's partying ways. Regardless of the reasons, the couple insisted they would make the split amicable for the sake of the children. Meanwhile, Anderson made her first foray into reality television with "Pam: Girl on the Loose!" (E!, 2008), which documented the personal and professional life of the actress. After marrying Rick Solomon of Paris Hilton porn video fame in 2007, only to ask for an annulment to their Las Vegas wedding in early 2008, Anderson joined the season 10 cast of the popular reality competition, "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ). She hoofed her way through the Foxtrot and Rumba alongside the likes of Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin, fellow bad girl Shannen Doherty and tabloid star Kate Gosselin.

pond of television, Anderson found another acting job and second niche as an executive producer on her next series, the tongue-in-cheek actioner, "V.I.P." (syndicated, 1998-2002). Anderson played Vallery Irons, a small-town girl who becomes famous after saving the life of an actor and who of course opens her own security firm. Though critics naturally loathed the show, Anderson's fans watched religiously nonetheless.

Despite less than stellar acting gigs, Anderson's name stayed front and center in the press, thanks to her high-profile, dramatic personal life. After being romantically linked throughout the nineties with a string of bad-boy celebs - including blonde-loving lothario Scott Baio, "Baywatch" co-star David Charvet, Poison frontman Bret Michaels (which also produced the first of her famous sex tapes), and pro surfer Kelly Slater, among others - Anderson finally settled down with Tommy Lee, drummer for the glam rock band, Motley Crüe. Following an exceptionally brief flirtation, the couple wed on a beach in Mexico on Feb. 19, 1995, with the bride wearing only a white bikini and the groom shirtless in shorts. Confounding fans who felt the relationship would barely last a few months, the couple's wild union produced two children, Brandon Thomas in 1996 and Dylan Jagger in 1997, not to mention countless pages of tabloid coverage.

Soon after their marriage, Anderson - who had recently changed her professional name to Pamela Lee - and her new husband were the focal point of numerous public relations nightmares. Wherever the couple went, paparazzi were in hot pursuit, resulting in more than one altercation between Lee and the pesky shutterbugs. In June 1996, word leaked that a homemade pornographic videotape starring Anderson and Lee had been obtained. The video - which was reportedly stolen by a contractor who was renovating their home - allegedly included footage of the couple's bizarre quickie beachside wedding ceremony as well as sexual situations. When the tape surfaced for sale on the Internet, Anderson and Lee quickly moved to block its distribution, but by then such action was too late. The damage was done, but some argued that the tape only enhanced her reputation as a sexpot and his as a well-endowed bad boy. Anderson and Lee filed a $90 million copyright infringement suit against the Internet Entertainment Group (IEG), the company which distributed the video, to claim a share of the profits of their purloined video. Foll

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Baywatch (2017)
2.
 Institute, The (2017)
3.
4.
 Superhero Movie (2008)
5.
 Scary Movie 3 (2003) Becca
6.
 Baywatch Hawaiian Wedding (2003) Cj Parker
8.
 Barb Wire (1996) Barb Kopetski/Barb Wire
9.
 Naked Souls (1996) Britt
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada
1988:
Moved to Vancouver to work as fitness instructor
1989:
Discovered while attending a British Columbia Lions football game wearing a Labatts T-shirt
1989:
Signed by the Labatts Beer Company as the "Blue Zone Girl"
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Moved to Los Angeles
1990:
Appeared on the October cover of <i>Playboy</i>
1990:
TV acting debut, "Married... With Children" (Fox)
1991:
Appeared as the "Tool Time Girl" on the hit series, "Home Improvement" (ABC)
1991:
Feature acting debut, "The Taking of Beverly Hills"
1992:
Played lifeguard C J Parker on the hit syndicated series "Baywatch"
1993:
First leading role, the straight-to-video feature, "Snapdragon"
1994:
TV-movie debut, "Come Die with Me" (CBS)
1995:
Starred in her own <i>Playboy</i> video
1996:
First feature leading role released in theaters, "Barb Wire"
1998:
Executive produced and starred in the syndicated series "V.I.P."
1999:
Announced that she underwent surgery to have her breast implants removed
2002:
Produced and lent her voice to the title character for Spike TV's animated series "Striperella"
2003:
Returned to the beach as C.J. for the Fox telepic "Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding"
2003:
Co-hosted Country Music Television's Flameworthy 2003 Video Music Awards with Toby Keith
2003:
Started her own clothing line called ''The Pamela Collection'' which ranges from jeans and t-shirts to jewelry and perfume
2005:
Starred (also produced) as a bookstore employee in the FOX sitcom, "Stacked"
2005:
Became the new face of the VIVA GLAM V lipstick and lipglass, the primary fund-raising tools for the M.A.C. AIDS Fund
2006:
Appeared as herself and the object of desire in "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"
2008:
Co-starred with Denise Richards in the Canadian comedy film, "Blonde and Blonder"
2008:
Appeared in a special two-day, four-show Valentine's Day engagement at "Le Crazy Horse" in Paris
2008:
Appeared in her own reality show, "Pam: Girl on the Loose" (E! network)
2010:
Joined the tenth season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" as one of the celebrity contestants
2013:
Landed a recurring role on the TV series "Package Deal"
2014:
Played a groupie in "Jackhammer"
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Notes

In 1997, a lawsuit alleging breach of contract by Lee went to trial. The judge dismissed one of the three counts against the actress and eventually dismissed the entire case. The suit stemmed from Lee's alleged verbal agreement in 1994 to appear in the feature "Hello, She Lied". Reportedly Lee refused to appear in the film because of required nudity.

As part of the protracted custody battle with Tommy Lee over their children, it was revealed that Anderson has hepatitis C. She claims she contracted the disease "while sharing a tattoo needle" with Lee, while he claims he does not have the disease.

Anderson has graced the cover of Playboy six times as of 1996.

In April 1999, she underwent surgery to have her breast implants removed.

"Tattoos are like stories--they're symbolic of the important moments in your life. Sitting down, talking about where you got each tattoo and what it symbolizes, is really beautiful." --Pamela Anderson quoted in Movieline, January 1996.

"There are already a lot of serious actors. I respect these people, but I just want to be the one who has fun." --Pamela Anderson in USA Today, May 2, 1996.

"I have this phobia: I don't like mirrors. Everybody on the set of 'Baywatch' carries around a mirror. If the makeup guy shows me a mirror, I get all upset. I don't watch myself on television. If anything comes on I make them shut it off or I leave the room." --Pamela Anderson in Manhattan File April 1996,

Not to be confused with the British actress Pamela Anderson ("Crimes of Passion")

In June, 2002 Anderson announced she would become a regular columnist for Jane magazine, penning an advice column called "Pam Honestly"

"I'm not an actress. I don't think I am an actress. I think I've created a brand and a business." --Anderson on "Larry King Live," July 23, 2002

"Well, you know, I grew up in a very -- in an alcoholic home, and there was violence in my household. And I think it's just my model of a relationship. And when I've gotten into any kind of relationships, it just seems to -- you re-create the pattern even though you say you're never, ever going to do that, you're never going to have the same relationship."--Anderson on her series of troubled romantic relationships

Anderson is a vegetarian.

"I think I'm very free. A free spirit. I've got a lot of pain in my life, but you know, keep it coming. A little bit of pain is god for you. I feel alive. Everybody needs struggle. Once you overcome an obstacle, you springboard into the future. Life is interesting and short and it's not suppose to be easy, and if it is, you're probably just in denial and you're existing here like a zombie. That's what I love about my kids. They're both alive. They're both full of energy and full of spirit." -Anderson Interview October 2002

"I don't think about anything too much...It I think too much, it kind of freaks me out."-Anderson Movieline November 2002

"I have been fortunate...I haven't had too many auditions. I slept with all the right people."---Anderson People June 30, 2003

May 12, 2004, Pamela Anderson became an American citizen, but will not be giving up her Canadian citizenship

"I know what the hell's going on. I hate to admit it, because pretending that I'm stupid has always been my ace in the hole."---Anderson on not being a dumb blonde to InTouch May 24, 2004

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companion:
Dan Ilicic. Photographer. Photographed Anderson's early Labatt Beer ads.
companion:
David Charvet. Actor. Briefly together while co-starring on "Baywatch".
companion:
Scott Baio. Actor. Briefly engaged; no longer together.
companion:
Bret Michaels. Musician. With rock group Poison.
companion:
Jon Peters. Producer, executive.
husband:
Tommy Lee. Musician. Born on October 3, 1962; married in February 1995; formerly married to actress Heather Locklear; Anderson filed for divorce on November 19, 1996; reconciled shortly thereafter and renewed wedding vows on December 24, 1996; Anderson again filed for divorce in February 1998 after Lee allegedly engaged in spousal abuse; Lee was sentenced to six months jail time for felony abuse; divorced; reconciled in early 1999; separated again; seen together romantically as of October 2003.
companion:
Kelly Slater. Professional surfer. Dated in late summer 1998.
companion:
Marcus Schenkenberg. Model. Began dating in May 2000; separated in early 2001.
companion:
Stavors Merjos. Video producer. Began relationship in late February 2001.
companion:
Robert 'Kid Rock' Ritchie. Musician. Dating as of May 2001; engaged April 2002; spilt briefly in June 2002 over Kid Rock's drinking but reportedly reconciled; no longer together as of June 2003; As of October 2003, Anderson stated that they still have a relationship, but it is one without "labels".
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father:
Barry Anderson. Furnace repairman.
mother:
Carol Anderson. Waitress.
brother:
Gerry Anderson. Operates sister's official website (http://www.pamelaandersonlee.com).
son:
Brandon Thomas Lee. Born on June 5, 1996; father Tommy Lee.
son:
Dylan Jagger Lee. Born on December 29, 1997; father Tommy Lee.
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"Star" Atria Books

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