Pamela Anderson may be best known as one of pop culture’s most prolific actresses known for her looks, but there is much the public doesn’t know about Anderson. Anderson’s life has been anything but charmed. In her youth, Anderson dealt with an alcoholic father and several incidences of sexual abuse. Even after finding fame, Anderson continued to endure hardships, including multiple divorces, a publicized miscarriage, a stolen private tape, and a battle with Hepatitis C.
Anderson found fame when she was featured as Playmate of the Month in February 1990. Anderson went on to make a splash through television roles on Home Improvement and Baywatch. Anderson’s Baywatch character, C.J. Parker, became known for slow-mo running in a red swimsuit, which has become a lasting image in pop culture. Since then, Anderson has also crossed over into starring in feature films.
At 50 years old, Anderson devotes much of her time to causes she feels passionate about, like veganism and animal rights, but it’s been a long and difficult road for Anderson to get to where she is now. Here is everything you didn't know about Pamela Anderson.
She Has Been Abused, And She SurvivedPhoto: Darren Stone / Flickr
The Pamela Anderson Foundation Has A Very Sad BackstoryPhoto: Scary Movie 3 / Dimension Films
Her Father Was An Alcoholic And Her Mother Worked Two JobsPhoto: Barb Wire / Gramercy Pictures
Her High School Boyfriend Was Abusive And Threw Her From A CarPhoto: Snapdragon / Prism Entertainment
She Always Knew She’d Become A California Beach BumPhoto: Baywatch / NBC
She Was Discovered While In A Crowd At A Football GamePhoto: Boeing 978 / Wiki Commons