One of Canada's finest, blonde centerfold Pamela Denise Anderson Lee was born on this day in 1967, Canada's 100th birthday.
From the small town of Ladysmith, British Columbia, what she called "one of the most beautiful places in the world," Anderson was "discovered" in 1989 at a B.C. Lions football game when a roaming camera flashed her smiling face up on the stadium's big screen. In no time, modeling, a move to L.A., and the October 1989 Playboy cover followed.
"I think bodies are beautiful. I love Playboy," she said. "I don't have a problem with nudity."
Boom -- 1991-- she became Lisa, the Tool-Time Girl on Home Improvement (w/Tim Allen). Her five years as C.J. Parker on Baywatch made her an international star. Probably the most "exposed" woman in the world, the tabloids love her, and in 2005 she remained the #1 most popular Internet search entry. Lycos spokesman Kathy O'Reilly said Pammy is "just the patron saint of the Web."
She described her media exploitation as "a feeding frenzy." Flashbulbs popped like a constant drum beat to capture her wild three-year marriage to rocker Tommy Lee and the details of her latest video, love interest, and tattoo.
An animal rights activist who scolded Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé Knowles for not choosing fake instead of real fur in their fashion lines, in 2006 the paparazzi princess stripped in the window of designer Stella McCartney's London boutique and said, "I'd rather bare skin than wear skin."
Vive La Canada! Viva La Anderson!