10 facts about Pamela Anderson

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Since she did Playboy Debuting in 1989, Pamela Anderson has been a staple of the pop culture landscape, similar to Marilyn Monroe. To run in slow motion in a red bathing suit cut out on Baywatch From gracing countless red carpets in sassy ’90s clubwear, Anderson left an indelible mark on the decade.

More than 30 years after stepping into the limelight, Anderson remains as popular as ever, thanks to the recent Pam and Tommy miniseries (with which she had no involvement) detailing the controversy surrounding her infamous leaked sex tape with rocker ex-husband Tommy Lee, as well as her recent Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago, and an upcoming Netflix documentary where she plans to set the record straight on her life in her own words. Here are some fun facts about the fabulous star.

Mia Poscente, Pamela Anderson, April Dequanne at Canada's Walk of Fame

The Canadian-born star was born on July 1, 1967, which is the country’s centenary. / Evan Agostini/GettyImages

Born at 4:08 a.m. on July 1, 1967, in Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada, Anderson is a 100-year-old baby, as her date of birth precisely syncs with the 100th anniversary of the founding of Canadian Confederation. For years, many media reported that she was the first baby girl born in the country on this day, but that has since been debunked.

Pamela Anderson joins the cast of "Chicago" On Broadway.

Anderson made her Broadway debut in 2022, but she actually made her debut after appearing on a jumbotron at a 1989 BC Lions game. / Bruce Glikas/GettyImages

The story of Anderson’s discovery and rapid rise to fame is straight out of a modern-day fairy tale. In 1989, at the age of 22, the then unknown Anderson attended a BC Lions football game. She was shown on the stadium’s jumbotron screen wearing a shirt emblazoned with the Labatt Beer logo. Anderson’s natural beauty made a big impression: Labatt quickly hired her as a model, and she appeared on his first Playboy cover that same year. “I looked up at the big screen and saw this huge face, and I look up and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, that’s me.’ I didn’t even recognize myself,” she recalled in a 1992 interview with Interior Edition.

Hugh Hefner, Pamela Anderson

Anderson has appeared on more Playboy covers than any other woman in the magazine’s history. / Michael Bezjian/GettyImages

Anderson appeared on the cover of Playboy more than any other woman in the magazine’s long history – 14 times, to be exact. She was Playmate of the Month in February 1990 and was a covergirl throughout the decade and into the 2000s. Following Hugh Hefner’s death in 2017, she called out the controversial editor, whose magazine firmly cemented her sex symbol status, “the most important person in my life”.

Pamela Anderson at a signing session for "Star."

Anderson, pictured here at a book signing, is the author of several works, including her 2004 debut album, ‘Star’. / Scott Gries/GettyImages

Anderson is not only a model and actress, she is also an author. In 2004, she published her first novel Star, a beach reading of a fictional, free-spirited version of herself, aptly named Star Wood Leigh. She then released a sequel, Hit by a star, featuring a not-so-subtle Tommy Lee character. Both books were written with a ghostwriter, Eric Shaw Quinn. Unlike many famous authors, Anderson made no attempt to hide his ghostwriter, even sitting side by side with him at a crowded Barnes and Noble book signing. It is also published Rawwith behind-the-scenes photographs of Emma Dunlavy interspersed with Anderson’s handwritten words, and Thirst for love: rekindling intimacy and passion in your relationshipa sexual self-help book co-authored with renowned Orthodox Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

Stan Lee and Pamela Anderson at the 2003 MTV Networks Upfront Presentation.

Anderson voiced the main character in Stan Lee’s short-lived animated series, “Stripperella”. / Scott Gries/GettyImages

One of Anderson’s most surprising collaborations involved comic book icon Stan Lee (no, not Tommy!). In 2003, Lee created an anime series for adults, Stripperelle, featuring Anderson as the voice of the main character, a stripper who is secretly an undercover superhero. The show only lasted one season, with 13 episodes in total, but given Lee’s characters’ hold on pop culture, it may be restarted one day.

Pamela Anderson at a White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

Her barbed wire tattoo was inspired by her role in “Barb Wire” in 1996. / Nancy Ostertag/GettyImages

In 1995, during the filming of the film Barbed wire, Anderson got a distinctive barbed wire tattoo circling his left bicep. The tattoo was part of the character’s style, but rather than using a fake one, the actress decided to take the plunge and get a tattoo, telling the Los Angeles Times in 1995, “Makeup artists would paint this on my arm every day, but I had a tattoo artist draw it on me and wore it for half a day to see what it looked like. I decided to go ahead and do it. I love it. I think it’s very feminine, for barbed wire. In 2014, however, she had it removed.

Pamela Anderson at PETA's 35th Anniversary Party.

Anderson has been a strong animal rights advocate for many years. / Todd Williamson/GettyImages

Anderson has been an outspoken animal rights advocate for years and first contacted PETA in 1997. Since then, she has posed in memorable advertisements for the brand and participated in a series of awareness campaigns. She gave up eating meat during her time on Baywatch, and has since been one of the most prominent vegans in the entertainment industry. She even has her own foundation dedicated to animal rights and said, “I am an activist and I don’t do it for myself…I do it for animals and people who are vulnerable and can’t speak for themselves- same. I never intended to get any credit for anything, and people just take notice.

Julian Assange, after the UN panel ruled that the Wikileaks founder was arbitrarily detained.

Anderson is a prominent defender of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. / Carl Court/GettyImages

Anderson’s activism isn’t just limited to animal rights. In 2014, she befriended WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. She has since been a strong supporter of his work and has protested on his behalf, calling the charges against him “simply a criminalization of a free press”. Anderson aggressively pressured Donald Trump to forgive him and used social media to draw attention to the whistleblower’s case. She even visited Assange in prison and passionately defended him in several of his media appearances and interviews.

Pamela Anderson at the 1993 Budweiser Surf Tour.

Her ’90s style is making a comeback, thanks to Gen Z. / Steve.Granitz/GettyImages

’90s fashion made a definite comeback, and Anderson’s distinctive style of that era found a new fan base thanks to Gen Z. The hashtag #Pamcore, celebrating Anderson’s penchant for thin eyebrows and the lip liner, trendy hats and lingerie as clothes have millions of views on TikTok. Anderson’s playful, confident looks are a natural fit for social media exhibitionism.

Pamela Anderson (far left back row age 17 poses for her 1985 High School Yearbook Phot

Anderson, as seen in his 1985 high school yearbook. /Getty Images/GettyImages

Like many iconic blondes who came before her, Anderson is actually a brunette. She has been dyeing her hair since she was 20 and says, “I dye my hair myself!” I couldn’t imagine sitting in a hair salon for hours. Obviously, the surprisingly low-maintenance house dye approach worked well for her.

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