Pamela Anderson began her career modeling in Labatt beer ads and then in the pages of Playboy. She transitioned to acting on TV’s “Home Improvement,” but real fame came with “Baywatch,” making her a household name. A long-time supporter of animal rights, Anderson continues to act in smaller roles. In 2010, Anderson performed on season 10 of the hit show “Dancing with the Stars.”
After high school, she worked as a fitness instructor until she was “discovered” at a Canadian football game. Anderson, wearing a form-fitting Labatt’s tee shirt, was broadcast over the stadium’s giant screen. She was then hired by Labatt’s to appear in their advertisements. An offer from Playboy soon followed. She would go on to appear in five more issues of the magazine.
Anderson parleyed her modeling success into a series of bit parts on television programs. She got her first big break in 1991 as the “Tool Time Girl” on the sitcom “Home Improvement.” While there, she attracted the attention of casting agents from “Baywatch,” who were looking to replace Erika Elaniak, the show’s then-current blonde bombshell. Anderson was the executive producer and star of “V.I.P.,” in which she plays the owner of a bodyguard agency staffed exclusively by models. The series remains a success in syndication.
Anderson made headlines when she appeared in the mockumentary hit, “Borat” starring British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. In the film, Anderson played herself in what appeared to be a real-life botched kidnapping. Audiences debated whether or not the appearance was planned or a surprise. Anderson refused to comment, but told MTV that Cohen was “such a nice guy.” The film was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
Anderson’s own television series, “Pam: Girl on the Loose,” debuted in August 2008. She also starred in two more comedy films that year, “Blonde and Blonder” and “Superhero Movie.” In 2010, she starred in the comedy “Hollywood & Wine,” alongside David Spade and Chris Kattan. She performed on season 10 of the hit show “Dancing with the Stars.” Anderson made her return to the show in 2012, for season 15: “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars.”
Off-screen, Anderson, a lifelong vegetarian, is an outspoken advocate for PETA, protesting the use of fur and the hunting of seals. She even auctioned off a 2000 Viper sports car that appeared in “Pam: Girl on the Loose” to support the nonprofit organization.