23 facts about Pamela Anderson, a simple girl from Canada who made the whole world fall in love with her
The beginning of 2023 turned out to be rich in celebrity memories. We recently introduced readers to exciting moments from the life of the British royal family in the memoirs of Prince Harry. And in early February, the biographies of the American actress and fashion model of Canadian origin Pamela Anderson, a controversial personality (are you 18?), spontaneous and creative, went on sale.
A career in Playboy, meeting the son of the President of the United States, first love, and other facts from the life of a superstar
She went through more than one tricky situation in childhood and adolescence, went through a difficult path to an authentic self and self-respect, and met with celebrities - from Jack Nicholson to John F. Kennedy Jr. In the book, she does not avoid difficult and awkward moments associated with family and marriages. Therefore she appears sincere before us and becomes closer.
At Bemorepanda have chosen 23 of the most striking strokes from the biography of the American sex symbol Pamela Anderson and decided to share these facts with you.
1. About parents
Pamela opens her book with a story about growing up in Canada. She wrote that during her adolescence, her parents were "local Bonnie and Clyde" her mother characterized with the words "everything just for her" and called her father "a bad boy."
The relationship between the parents was "hot-tempered and stormy," which often led to great quarrels. In one verse passage, Pamela admitted that she wondered if she and her younger brother Jerry were "the problem" in her parent's relationship.
Throughout Pamela's childhood, her mother left her father several times. One case “seemed very real”: the mother moved with Pamela and Jerry to a social apartment, but after about a year, her parents reconciled. It was noticeable that the mother felt "released" after she got back together with Pamela's father. However, Anderson wrote that when their family life stabilized, she quickly realized that she was "uncomfortable to be in comfort."
2. Violence in childhood
Pamela said that as a child, she was sexually abused by the nanny: she forced the girl to “play strange games with her body.” The nanny ordered them not to tell anyone about this and often brought the girl gifts so that her parents would not find out anything.
Anderson wrote in her book that she often dreamed of her nanny's death. When she "eliminated her with her magical mind." Although the nanny was no longer around and there was no one to threaten, she never told her parents about the nanny's harassment. Instead, she decided to hide all this in her memory as far as possible and not remember it.
3. About childhood sexual trauma
Pamela frankly shared that she was not feminine, and her friends persuaded her to wear bright makeup and date older boys. At 12-13, she went with a friend to visit an older boy, where she stated she was raped. She says she was "in shock" and felt her "life was over." Despite this, she decided not to tell her family about it either. To distract herself, Anderson immersed herself in her studies.
4. First serious relationship
In high school, according to Pamela, she had a serious relationship with a guy named Jack. He was not a good and sensitive boy and often yelled at her, trying to suppress his "I" in her. The actress detailed in her book one night when Jack started kicking her while they were in the car, forcing her out.
When she returned home, her father noticed that she looked distraught and tearful and went to deal with her boyfriend. According to her, it was from that moment that she noticed that most of her boyfriends were terrible - and got worse over time, which led to the fact that she began to wonder if she was the whole problem.
5. Love for the father
After graduating from high school, the future movie star did not even think about going to college because, according to her, none of her friends and acquaintances went to college after high school. Instead, she moved from her parent's house to her apartment: she did not want to see her father continue to insult her mother. But by this point, Pamela writes, she already realized that her mother did not want to be rescued because she was resigned to her fate.
Even though she often witnessed how her father beats her mother, Pamela said she loves her father despite his shortcomings. According to her, her father grew up in a family where they were beaten for the slightest offense. And it was that kind of cruelty that made him what he was. By the way, in one documentary about Anderson, she confirmed that her parents are still together.
6. New life: move to Vancouver
After another fight with her high school boyfriend, Jack, Pamela moved to Vancouver to start a new life. There she got a job working in the solarium at the fitness center, where she began to sunbathe and do aerobics regularly.
In the pages of her book, she admitted that because she was introduced to sex so early (and even in a violent form), she avoided sex with men for a long time, as a result of which she missed the phase of promiscuity that adolescent girls face. Instead, she was looking for her fairy tale and true love.
Pamela met a man named Mike at the gym and soon began working as a secretary in his photography studio. Mike eventually proposed to Pamela, and she accepted, confessing that she "always wanted to be a bride."
Their relationship was very sexual, partly because she "didn't have a normal example to compare it to." She said that this period of experimentation helped her overcome her shyness and gain confidence. Ultimately, it turned against her when Mike broke up with her for being too sexy, slutty, uncompromising, and straightforward, and she no longer trusted her. Later, she learned that Mike was already having an affair with a married aspiring Playboy model.
7. First fame
Pamela was first spotted at a football game in Canada after being shown on the stadium's big screen. Seeing herself on the scoreboard, she decided she "looked old and ugly" until she realized that many viewers were in awe of her. From that moment on, she became known as the "blue zone girl," and the football team began using her photo in their advertisements.
After that, according to her, the moment she realized that this way, you can earn a living.
She and Mike were in an argument when the phone suddenly rang. Playboy magazine photo editor Marilyn Grabowski invited Pamela to come to Los Angeles for a test shoot for the cover of the magazine's October 1989 issue. Upon learning that the offer had no guarantees, Anderson hung up because she did not want to agree to vague terms.
Moments later, Marilyn called back and told Pamela that the offer was serious, and in the end, the future star accepted it. By the way, she needed to leave Vancouver as soon as possible because she feared Mike. According to Anderson, Playboy magazine tried to help her go as quickly as possible because the management saw a similarity in the situation with the story of model Dorothy Stratten, whose husband was killed.
8. First steps in Playboy magazine
Pamela wrote that her first day in Los Angeles "colored the rest of her life." She was invited to watch the Mike Tyson fight at the Playboy Mansion, which she compared to Disneyland without fireworks. Pamela said that that evening she met Playboy founder and editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner for the first time: he told her that his company would take care of her, and this promise for a young girl "was like the epitome of chivalry."
According to the fashion model, she surprised Hefner when she saw a painting by Salvador Dali in the mansion and began to tell details about the life and work of the great artist. From that moment on, she felt Hefner understood that he was not an ordinary stupid model but a natural person.
On the day of the Playboy shoot, Pamela noticed pictures of models on the walls and thought, "What the hell am I doing here?" She compared her first photo/video shoot to Alice in Wonderland: she felt like she had walked through "a porthole into another universe."
During her first experience as a model, she told the crew about her family and relationship with Mike. She expressed her confidence that her cry for help, relayed to Hefner, was when Playboy became her real family. Later that evening, she was offered to stay in Los Angeles and work as a Playmate.
9. Reputation and popularity in Playboy
In one of the poetic passages in her memoirs, Pamela wrote that her Playboy career had given some people "a reason... to disrespect me," but added that it was actually "an honor and a privilege" for her. Through her work in the magazine, she “expanded her possibilities unrealistically.
Anderson wrote in her book that while life as a Playmate model may seem scandalous, she considers Hefner, the only person who can easily handle any rumors and scandals, coming out of any situation like a gentleman and getting away with it. Thanks to him, the future superstar escaped the big scandals and gossip the public loves to believe in.
Even though Hefner knew how to build the magazine's work correctly and thought through the safety of his employees, it is impossible to insure against everything. So, Pamela remembered when one man offered her $ 10,000 for a date in a hot tub. She often told Hefner about such offers, which caused other models to "call her a talker and a liar." It was all because of envy; most girls would not mind getting extra income through the bed.
10. Relationships with filmmakers and actors
During the first visit to the Playboy mansion, famous film producer Jon Peters showed interest in Pamela.
In the book, she wrote that Peters eventually convinced her to move to Bel Air, where he often sent expensive gifts home to her, an experience she likened to the movie Pretty Woman. When actor Mario Van Peebles brought her home after their date, he advised her to pack her things and leave: he was worried that Peters would take her away from him. She didn't go, but she took Van's words to heart and told Peters that she wasn't comfortable with what their relationship had become.
Despite all her hobbies, Peters was able to get her attention to win her heart: he planned a dinner party, during which he deliberately attracted the attention of all the guests and made her the "star of the show." The surprises didn't end there. He continued to charm and surprise her by bringing her mother to visit Los Angeles.
During the trip, Peters constantly told her mother that he and Pamela were in love with each other. This made her realize that she "couldn't do that [to Peters] anymore," Her mother appeared to support her daughter's decision to hook up with the producer.
Pamela writes in the book that as her relationship with Peters developed, so did her responsibilities at Playboy. Her style of posing - as a "wild woman," which "let her shyness come out to the fullest" - was "exactly what the magazine needed."
Pamela soon confessed that Hefner called her part of the "Playboy DNA." He asked her to be the second host of the new version of the Playboy After Dark program. He also told her she would not be named Playmate of the Year, as the company decided they needed to choose an American model due to the ongoing Gulf War.
11. Meeting Jack Nicholson
The actress says the bathrooms at the Playboy Mansion were "cleverly designed" to allow guests to invite someone in for "a little fun." She recalled walking into one of the washrooms where Jack Nicholson was "giggling and kissing" two women.
Pamela claimed she made eye contact with Nicholson in the mirror; he winked at her and said: "Thank you, dear." Anderson admitted that she does not feel uncomfortable with this story: Nicholson himself told it several times. She also says that she saw Nicholson many years later at a dinner party, where he asked if she remembered their first meeting and flashed his "mischievous smile."
12. First movie roles
After her first Playboy cover was released, casting directors for film and television projects began to call the magazine's mansion with their proposals for Pamela. She eventually agreed to make a cameo appearance on Married with Children; when she left the set, she was offered an audition in the series "Big Repair," which she successfully passed and was approved for the role.
In the film, she got the role of Lisa. She had the same line in every show episode, quickly becoming a hit.
On the first day of filming The Big Fix, Pamela writes he was completely naked.
He thought "it was fair because he saw Pamela naked," and he wanted it to be mutual. For Anderson, this was one of the many times people mistakenly felt that "they know her enough to make a complete fool of themselves." By the way, Allen himself denies this event.
13. Filming in Baywatch
Pamng in Baywatch. But she gave in after her then-boyfriend David Charvet was also asked to audition. She was cast for the role almost immediately. The actress began working with producers to develop her character (Casey Jean), whom she called a "true reflection" of herself.
As a result, she had to choose between working on the TV series The Big Fix and Baywatch. She decided to take part in the second film. Despite the lower salary, she enjoyed the quality of life that this project provided and the beneficial physical activity and filming on the ocean.
Baywatch was an instant hit. Anderson admitted that her time on the show went "in a blur." By the show's fourth season, it turned out that she was the highest-paid actress, and many international broadcasters only bought the episodes in which she appeared, writing "actress and model clauses" into their contracts.
Did you know that a Barbie doll was released based on Pamela's character and became a bestseller? However, according to the actress, she did not receive financial benefits from using her image in the toy because "it all happened so quickly" that she did not have time to formalize everything properly.
14. Pamela appeared on the cover of a magazine at the request of the son of US President John F. Kennedy.
Pamela said that John F. Kennedy Jr. invited her to appear on the first cover of his George magazine. She agreed. But she didn't appear on the first cover. She posed for the magazine "completely naked, hiding behind the American flag."
Kennedy could not attend the shoot but called and apologized for his absence. During a phone conversation, the model told her readers that she was "uncomfortably dizzy" and called their exchange "the most embarrassing moment" of her life.
She added that Kennedy allegedly tried to call her again, but she didn't answer because she felt he was "out of my league."
15. Career in charitable organizations
As Pamela's fame grew, she needed to take on the more significant challenge of showing the public that she was no ordinary show business gal. Throughout her book, she writes extensively about her love for animals. She says she contacted PETA (an organization that fights for animal rights) to declare that she is ready to help animals.
So a billboard for a human rights organization appeared in Times Square, on which Anderson was. She also began to write letters to influential people asking them to help animals. She called her ongoing work with PETA a "great success" and expanded her activities to include environmental issues.
16. Getting to know Tommy Lee and developing a relationship
The actress said she was "ready for anything" when she met rocker musician Tommy Lee on New Year's Eve at a bar she co-owned. She said she sent all the VIPs a free drink invitation, but Tommy thought he was the only one invited: he came over and licked her face.
Anderson's best friend Melanie warned her not to get close to Tommy and not even think about how to find out his phone number. “I have never felt such a force of nature or attraction,” Pamela wrote about the beginning of their relationship.
The next day, Pamela said that Tommy called her at the hotel, and she promised him they could spend 24 hours together, but this never happened.
Although their first meeting went nowhere, Pamela admitted she "had a strange feeling ... that he would somehow find me somewhere." A few months later, Tommy called. Pamela told him she was going to Mexico for work, but Tommy insisted on coming anyway. In Mexico, the actress revealed to her security team not to let him through but eventually relented on the last night of the trip.
The model admitted that part of her hesitation was due to her relationship with professional surfer Kelly Slater, who also chose between her and his former girlfriend.
17. First night with Tommy Lee and marriage
The first night they spent together, Tommy said they should get married. Pamela agreed, and the next day they were married on the beach. On the flight home from Mexico, the couple was "in heaven," beginning to learn about each other's lives.
When they landed, they were surrounded by paparazzi: their wedding photos were leaked to the Internet. The model said that Slater got through to her first, after which her mother called - she was furious. “My decision to marry without the participation of the family was not in my nature,” she wrote, adding that she was then “lost and entangled in a sea of love.”
In the early days of their marriage, the relationship between her and Tommy was very similar to "John Lennon and Yoko Ono," and they did not doubt that they should be together. Even though they were happy, Pamela admitted that "living a normal life was difficult," referring to the.
According to her, Tommy began to spend a lot of time with her at work, and this became a problem after he started to require scripts to be changed so that Anderson did not communicate with male colleagues. At the time, she considered this behavior "his demonstration of intense love." Ultimately, this finished Pamela; she fell into "deep despair and depression."
18. About Children
The star spoke in detail in the book about her children, Brandon and Dylan, whom she called "the catalyst for all the good things in my life." After a miscarriage that she says devastated her and Tommy, Pamela found out months later that she was pregnant again.
“We cherished every moment of life,” she wrote, adding that the pregnancy brought her and Tommy closer than ever. After the birth of her second child, the actress said she decided to leave Baywatch because she was "happy" with her family and "nothing else interested her."
19. Missing safe and scandalous sex video
Pamela wrote that she was seven months pregnant with Dylan when a safe was stolen from her and Tommy's home. At first, they took the loss as a joke until they realized the safe could have gone missing earlier, but they did not notice it. The couple needed help remembering everything that was stored in it.
Shortly after that, the couple received a call from Penthouse magazine founder Bob Guccione claiming he had a video of them having sex. The couple was shocked, adding, "We don't remember filming something so intimate."
Soon the news about the video began to spread in the media and the Internet, and then the world saw the video. Pamela said she "didn't watch it until now," Tommy saw it and told her that "there wasn't anything too bad - but enough to hurt me."
The couple decided to go to court, but. Anderson wrote that when she entered the courtroom, there were nude photos of her everywhere, and lawyers told her that she "had no right to privacy because she was filming for Playboy." She added that they asked her intrusive questions about her sex life and suggested that she enjoyed the attention the scandalous sex tape had brought her.
Ultimately, the couple closed the case due to the stress they endured during Pamela's pregnancy. The couple decided to escape this situation "with grace and dignity," but this scandal haunted them for many years. The model in the book confided that even years later, her sons were bullied at school because of this incident.
20. Tommy Lee, whom Pamela did not know yet ...
Even though the media attention on the recording faded, Pamela revealed that the paparazzi were still very interested in her life with Tommy. The constant invasions of privacy began to take their toll on their relationship, and one night Tommy gave her and Dylan, who was only seven weeks old, a hard shove, causing them to hit the wall. This came after she offered to call her parents and ask for help with the children. "That was the Tommy I never knew," she wrote.
She called 911 for emergency services after Tommy picked up Brandon and ran out of the house with him. Eventually, Tommy was arrested. Pamela said she refused to see him, writing: "I still can't believe that the person I loved more than anything in the world was capable of what happened that night."
After Pamela and Tommy broke up, she said she "felt like a person with a lost soul.". By the way, the couple attempted reconciliation, but to no avail, because, according to the actress, neither could forgive the other.
Anderson said her "relationship with Tommy was probably the only time I was truly in love" and wrote that she felt "loser" about the children being left without a father.
21. Meet Kid Rock
In 2001, Pamela met at a charity concert with an American singer, rock music ommi, and offered Anderson a hand and heart.
She admitted that Tommy's interference interfered with her relationship with Kid Rock more than once, but they eventually married in Saint-Tropez. She also revealed in her memoir that Kid Rock gets along great with her sons because "he made a huge effort" to communicate with them and give them a good experience.
Their relationship ended after Pamela had a small role in Borat. She said she invited Kid to a private film screening without warning him of her position. When the scene started with her, Kid Rock called her a "whore".
In the tape, the main character, Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiev (Sacha Baron Cohen), traveling through the United States, notices Pamela Anderson, who is meeting with fans in a public place. Borat tries to kidnap an actress to marry her. Sacha Baron Cohen admitted for the first time that the scene was partly staged - only Anderson knew about the filming.
Shortly after, they broke up, and Pamela revealed they didn't keep in touch today. A few months later, the actress was at the MTV Video Awards, which Kid Rock and Tommy also attended. During Alicia Keys' performance of the song "No One," they rushed at each other. Pamela writes that, in her opinion, it was a set-up: "MTV must have been delighted."
22. Meeting Julian Assange
Pamela has revealed that she is friends with Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, calling their friendship "invigorating, sexy, and fun.". Anderson then visited him at the Ecuadorian embassy in London and said he "was intrigued by my perspective on global issues."
They drank a bottle of mezcal one night, and both fell asleep, which Anderson joked "put some of the tabloid tongues to work." Assange asked that she be the first to visit him at Belmarsh, a maximum security prison in London. The model said she considered him a "wrongfully imprisoned prisoner" and fought for his release.
23. Roxy is a dream role in a musical
In 2022, Pamela spent eight weeks on Broadway playing Roxy in the musical Chicago. Pamela writes in the book that when rehearsals were to begin, she "was frightened, furious, manic." By the way, this was not the first time Pamela was offered to play Roxy. She said that about ten years before and refused the role.
It is worth noting that it was difficult for her to refuse the dream role. Still, she admitted that “the universe ultimately approved this decision, allowing playing this role. When she first stepped on stage in a musical, she said it was the best cure for stress. She said that she felt incredibly safe on stage: during the performance, "it was the only time in my life when I didn't think about anything else."