July 1 model and actress Pamela Anderson turns 55 years old. During her long career, Anderson managed to achieve considerable success, not only on the television screen, but also in other areas. We tell you how remarkable the creative path of one of America’s main sex symbols of the 90s is. In addition, two seasons of legendary appeared in the Okko subscription this week Malibu Rescuers.
For many, Anderson is firmly associated with the world of cinema, but it was far from where her career path began. Pamela was born in Ladysmith, British Columbia, and managed to go down in history as a child who was born on the day of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Canada. In her youth, Anderson played volleyball on the school team. For some time, her parents even forbade her a sports career.
At an early age, the girl experienced sexual violence, and more than once. In 2014, Pamela admitted that she was a victim of her own nanny’s harassment and could not tell her family about it. At the age of 14, she was subjected to gang violence by a young man and six of his friends. Many people with such a background could break down, but not Anderson – she successfully graduated from high school, moved to Vancouver and worked for some time (quite successfully) as a fitness instructor.
Modeling and body work
At the end of the 80s, many people noted the attractive appearance of the grown-up Pamela. Brewing company Labatt Brewing approached her with an offer to dream to advertise their drinks. The girl was spotted in the stands during a football match. Anderson, a young man at the time, approved the idea – in the patriarchal world of America, a woman was secretly required to do this, at least in the form of support. The poster, which was released as part of the advertising campaign, caught the eye of one of the Playboy scouts, and soon followed an offer to shoot in an adult magazine.
Anderson first appeared on the cover of the October 1989 issue. At the same time, Pamela moved to the USA and settled in Los Angeles. There were many beautiful girls around, competition for attention from not only men, but also potential advertisers grew. Anderson decided on a breast implant operation, impressively increasing the size of the bust. The results were not long in coming: Pamela starred in Playboy for 22 years, appearing on the covers more often than any other model. So Anderson became one of the main sex symbols of America in the 90s. In 2016, Pamela had her implants removed.
Fame on television
Pamela was invited to the cinema for episodic roles, but mostly the producers, let’s say, needed a glossy picture with a beautiful girl. In the episodes, Anderson did not even utter any lines. A real breakthrough (and not only American, but also international) for her was one of the main roles in the series “Save Malibu”. The girl got the role of CJ Parker, for which she is known and remembered all over the world. He became Pamela’s partner on the set David Hasselhoff. To a large extent, the fame and popularity of the show rested on the charisma of Anderson and Hasselhoff.
This is one of the longest-term projects in Anderson’s career. She played Parker for five seasons (from 1992 to 1997), and in the full-length reboot of the 90s show “Save Malibu”, released in 2017, the actress repeated the famous image. In the memory of millions of TV viewers to this day, the slow motion, during which the heroine Anderson runs along the Californian beach in a wet swimsuit, remains. Probably, this is one of the main symbols of American television in the early 90s.
The world of big cinema
After television fame, Pamela did not have a big breakthrough on the big screen. This can be attributed to several reasons. First of all, the audience could not see Anderson’s acting talent in any other roles – the image of the lifeguard from the beach was very strongly attached to her. Secondly, many producers still treated Pamela as a “cover girl”: she was offered similar roles – silent fools in beautiful dresses, cheerleaders, silly ladies in search of princes, etc.
The action film “Don’t call me baby” with Anderson in the lead role failed miserably in 1996 and became a sensation at the “Golden Raspberry” award. The picture was presented in five nominations at once, including in the category “Worst New Actress”. Pamela still appeared on the covers of Playboy and even became a guest of popular American evening talk shows, but this was not enough for her. Her career as an actress in the cinema never took off.
Behind the scenes
In the early 2000s, Anderson tried herself in other areas of the entertainment industry, trying to divert attention from the outside and turn to the inside. In 2004, she began to write books – she published the novel “Zvezda” about a teenager who craves fame in co-authorship with Eric Shaw Quinn. Later, Pamela’s work titled “Zvezdny Udar” was published – an artistic reinterpretation of her life with musician Tommy Lee. The literary work of the actress did not receive much attention.
The drummer of the Mötley Crüe rock group is one of Anderson’s most famous husbands, with whom she spent her most stellar years (from 1995 to 1998). In the mid-1990s, the loudest scandal in America took place – a video recording of Pamela and Tommy’s intimate relationship was publicly available (on the Internet, which became widely available to the country’s residents). Lawsuits and press attention followed: while lawyers sought a compromise solution, rumors about the recording grew exponentially. The story was the basis of the mini-series “Pam and Tommy”, released in 2022.
In the following years, Pamela withdrew from both modeling and filming in movies and TV series, appearing only in small episodic roles and cameos. Anderson was more involved in the world of activism: for example, she became the face of the Ashoka Paris brand, which specializes in environmentally friendly products based on recycled apple peel.
She spoke at meetings of the organization PETA (“People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals”). Pamela was photographed in one of the advertising campaigns: there were inscriptions on her body in a bikini, as if on a piece of meat in a store (“thigh”, “shoulder”, “shin”, etc.). The ad was banned in Canada, saying it was sexist. In 2014, in support of PETA, Anderson starred in a video for Valentine’s Day, where she hugged dogs on the street in winter.
Pamela doesn’t ignore Russia either (by the way, Anderson is not connected to Russia, but to the Russian Empire, of which Finland was a part: her great-grandfather Juho Hyutiyainen moved to America from Saarijärvi (Central Finland) in 1908, changing his last name to Anderson). In the mid-2010s, she appealed to Russian officials on behalf of IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) to help save the endangered whale population. Pamela even wrote an open letter to Vladimir Putin and visited the Eastern Economic Forum in 2015 as an environmental expert.
Anderson draws attention to the topic of pornography. In 2016, in a Wall Street Journal article, Pamela called online porn an “unprecedented public danger.” The model and actress calls on American society to replace porn with a “synthesis of eroticism and sex.” On the same topic, Anderson gave a lecture at Oxford University, and it made an impression – when a woman, who for most of her life was perceived by the patriarchal world exclusively as a sexualized object, speaks about it, you can’t help but think about such things. Pamela supported her arguments in the book “The Desire for Love”, published in 2018, where she talked about the decline in the role of sex in the generation of Zoomers and millennials.
Today, Anderson continues to engage in activism, occasionally appears on television, and mostly lives quietly in a house in Canada. The actress returned to her homeland several years ago. Excessive noise and scandals are not very interesting to her.
Text: Timur Aliyev