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Name: Pamela Anderson                                                                     
Birth name: Pamela Denise Anderson                                                         
Born: 1 July 1967 Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada                                     
Pamela Denise Anderson (born July 1, 1967) is a Canadian-born actress, sex                 
symbol, glamour model, producer, TV personality, and author. She holds both               
American and Canadian citizenship. For a time, she was known as Pamela                     
Anderson Lee after marrying the drummer for Motley Crue, Tommy Lee.                       
Anderson was born in Ladysmith, British Columbia, 90 km northwest of Victoria,             
British Columbia, Canada, the daughter of Carol, a waitress, and Barry Anderson,           
a furnace repairman. Her great-grandfather, Juho Hyytiäinen, was Finnish, a               
native of Saarijärvi, and left Finland in 1908 changing his name to Anderson             
when he arrived as an immigrant. Anderson has Dutch ancestry on her mother's               
The newborn Anderson won fame as Canada's "Centennial Baby", because she was               
thought to have been the first baby born on Canada's Centennial Day (she was               
born at 4:08 in the morning). However, the Campbell River Upper Islander of July           
5, 1967 reported a baby born two hours earlier on the same Canada Day. After               
her birth, her parents and her brother, Gerry Anderson, moved to the town of               
Comox with Pamela.                                                                         
After graduating from Highland Secondary School in 1985, Anderson moved to                 
Vancouver and worked as a fitness instructor. During the summer of 1989, Pamela           
went with her friends to a BC Lions game at BC Place; at some point during the             
game she was shown on the stadium screen wearing a Labatt's t-shirt, causing the           
crowd to cheer for the 21-year-old Anderson. She was taken down to the field to           
get an ovation from the crowd. Labatt's immediately offered Anderson a modeling           
contract and she accepted. In late 1989, Pamela decided to model for Playboy               
magazine: she appeared on the October 1989 cover (credited as Pamela Anderson             
Ilicic) and decided to move to Los Angeles to continue her modeling career. She           
was the February 1990 playmate and has appeared in Playboy several times in the           
1990s and the following decade.                                                           
After her move to Los Angeles, Anderson bleached her brunette hair blonde and             
underwent breast augmentation. In 1991, she landed a minor role on the hit                 
television sitcom, Home Improvement (1991-1997). Having gained viewer attention,           
she landed the role of C. J. Parker (1992-1997) on Baywatch, and left Home                 
Improvement after its second season. Anderson was still modeling for Outdoor               
Life and appearing on the cover of the magazine each year. Her role as C.J.               
Parker gave her more popularity and gained her attention from international               
viewers. She returned to Baywatch for the 2003 reunion movie, Baywatch: Hawaiian           
Wedding. She also made appearances on The Nanny as Fran's rival, Heather Biblow.           
In 1996, she appeared in a feature film, Barb Wire, as a character known as               
Barbara Rose Kopetski, which was mistakenly thought by some to have been her               
real name. The movie, a thinly-veiled futuristic remake of Casablanca, failed to           
achieve commercial success. During the filming of Barb Wire, Anderson suffered a           
miscarriage. In April 1997, she guest-hosted Saturday Night Live. During the               
beginning of the show, Anderson said, "You know, if you're nervous on stage, you           
actually should be naked!" She then began a striptease. Her breasts, however,             
were covered by a small flesh-colored bra and she also wore a crotch patch that           
was also flesh colored (though they were still blurred out for the sake of the             
joke). The segment became fodder for late-night comedians for the following               
weeks. She also appeared on one of two covers for the September issue of Playboy;         
the other cover pictured Jenny McCarthy.                                                   
In September 1998, Anderson starred in her produced series V.I.P. It was very             
poorly received and a critical bomb. However, with many people tuning in just to           
see her, the show lasted four seasons before being canceled in 2002. Anderson             
stated that she needed to dedicate her time to raising her children, but many             
believed that she was retiring.                                                           
In March 2001, Christine Evelyn Roth was arrested while sleeping in a guest room           
of Anderson's home. She was only charged with the misdemeanor of trespassing and           
not the more serious crime of stalking. Roth pleaded guilty to the charge of               
trespassing and was deported home to France. In 2004, Anderson returned to the             
spotlight. In May, she appeared naked on the cover of Playboy magazine. It was             
the first time she had appeared naked on any magazine cover. Later, she posed             
naked for Stuff and GQ magazines. Many noticed that her breast size was larger             
than her pictorials from 2003.                                                             
Anderson became a naturalized citizen of the United States on May 12, 2004,               
while retaining her Canadian citizenship, for the purpose of sponsoring her               
parents (or at least her mother) for a green card. She has lived in Southern               
California since 1989. Anderson has often spoken revealingly about her private             
life. On a visit to the David Letterman show in 2004, she said she had not been           
dating for some time, and when Letterman asked her how she was coping, she                 
responded, "There's not a square corner left anywhere in my house!" Letterman             
left that comment unanswered while the audience hooted.                                   
In 2004, Pamela Anderson released the book Star, co-written by Eric Shaw Quinn,           
in which she describes a young teenager doing different things in order to reach           
fame. After this, she began touring the United States, signing autographs for             
fans at Wal-Mart stores nationwide. Her second book, the sequel Star Struck,               
released in 2005, is a thinly veiled look at her life with Tommy Lee and the               
travails of celebrity life.                                                               
In January 2005, Anderson confessed that she had new bigger breast implants,               
claiming not to feel like herself without them.                                           
In April 2005, Anderson starred in a new FOX sitcom Stacked as Skyler Dayton, a           
party girl (with implants), who goes to work at a bookstore. It was canceled on           
May 18, 2006, after two seasons, although some episodes had not been aired on             
the network. On August 14, 2005, Comedy Central created the Roast of Pamela               
Anderson to honor the sex symbol for the past decade. During her final speech at           
the Roast, Pamela referred to her breasts as "Pancho and Lefty".                           
In December 2005, NBC cut off a video of Anderson pole dancing topless on Elton           
John's "The Red Piano." NBC said that the footage was inappropriate for                   
primetime. The video was shown on huge screens during the event, while John was           
playing a song. Anderson was topless, but stars were painted on her breasts.               
In March 2006, it was announced that Anderson would receive a star on Canada's             
Walk of Fame thanks to her many years as a model and actress. She is only the             
second model to receive a star. In April 2006, Anderson hosted Canada's Juno               
Awards, becoming the first non-singer and model to do so.                                 
Anderson was repeatedly referenced in the 2006 comedy film Borat: Cultural                 
Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan as the title           
character seeks to kidnap and marry her. Anderson appears in person at the end             
of the film confronted by Borat in a staged botched abduction. She has                     
subsequently began filming a comedy, Blonde and Blonder.                                   
She will perform on February 13-14 2008 a Valentine's Day striptease act at the           
Crazy Horse cabaret in Paris.