Jan 31, 2023

Pamela Anderson memoir lifts lid on fame and heartbreak

In the 30-odd years since she first ran along the California beaches in Baywatch - the lifeguard drama that remains one of the most-watched series ever - fans and critics have become acquainted with different parts of Pamela Anderson's life story: Playboy covers, a leaked sex tape and many marriages. A stolen VHS, featuring intimate footage of Anderson with her first husband Tommy Lee, was distributed for more than $75m in sales in the first year alone, and a fictionalised account of the ordeal made by Hulu earned widespread acclaim and 10 Emmy nominations. LaBatt took notice - quickly tapping Anderson to become a spokesperson, plastering her face on posters and in commercials. The violent end was precipitated, Anderson says, by the sale and distribution of footage of her and Lee having sex, footage that was stolen from a safe in their Malibu, California home. Lee later served six months behind bars for kicking Anderson as she held their seven-week-old son, Dylan - violence that pushed her to file for divorce.

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