Scandal Queens: Pam Anderson

THEN/NOW SPECIAL: The Playmate turned actress has had quite the ride. 



    Pamela Anderson is jsut one in a long line of scandal-plagued, blonde pop culture icons.  Before donning her red "Baywatch" bathing suit, she was already making men drool in denim overalls on "Home Improvement."  Check out’s gallery chronicling Pamela’s rise to fame, including her high-profile make-ups, break-ups and sex tapes. (AP) Follow on Twitter.

    Getting Discovered

    Pamela Anderson got her break during a Canadian pro-football game in the summer of 1989 when she was shown on the stadium’s big screen wearing a Labatt’s shirt.  The alcohol company eventually hired her as a Labatt’s Blue Zone Girl.  Check out more early photos of Pamela at and see photos of Heidi Montag in a bikini. Follow on Twitter.


    Soon after she was discovered, Anderson landed her first Playboy cover in October 1989, the first of 10 she has graced in her career (so far).  After her February 1990 cover, she chose to get breast implants.  View Pamela’s other Playboy covers here and take a look at the sexiest musicians in bikinis. Follow on Twitter.


    Pamela Anderson hit the silver screen as a guest star on "Married....with Children" and "Charles in Charge" before landing the role of Tool Time girl, Lisa, on "Home Improvement."  See more shots of Pamela on Tool Time and check out these photos of reality stars sunbathingFollow on Twitter.
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    In 1992, Pamela left "Home Improvement" to don her iconic red bathing suit for "Baywatch." She played the role of C.J. Parker until 1997.  See more photos of Pamela with the Baywatch crew and view the latest snaps of Kate Gosselin and her toned body. Follow on Twitter.
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    On Feb. 10, 1995, Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee get hitched after knowing each other for 96 hours. They eventually had two sons together.  In 2002, she publicly announced that she contracted Hepatitis-C from Tommy, supposedly from sharing tattoo needles.  Take a look at other early photos of Pam and Tommy Lee and scope out these shots of Rihanna relaxing in Hawaii. Follow on Twitter.

    The Sex Tape

    After her home with Tommy was broken into, a sex tape from their honeymoon surfaced in 1997.  The couple eventually settled with the video distribution company for an undisclosed amount. The tape skyrocketed Pamela to a new level of fame and paved the way for countless other celebrity sex tapes to follow.  See some snaps from their honeymoon at and check out the sexiest celebrities who rocked bikinis this summer. Follow on Twitter.

    Love Life

    After dramatic breakups and make-ups with Lee (including Lee’s 1998 felony arrest for spousal abuse for which he served six months in jail, Pamela moved on to a string of men including her next two husbands, Kid Rock and Rick Salomon (himself famous for his sex tap with Paris Hilton. Small world!).  View more shots of Pamela with Kid Rock and Rick and see this bikini gallery from LeAnn Rimes’ birthday trip to Mexico. Follow on Twitter.


    Pamela and Tommy Lee re-united again while filming her short-lived reality show. They broke up soon after and she moved on to a surfer-electrician named Jamie Padgett.  Kind of reminds us of when Cher dated that guy who ran a bagel shop. Check out more of Pam and her recent men at and view new snaps of another Playboy pinup’s pool party. Follow on Twitter.


    Pamela Anderson has continued to be one of PETA’s most high-profile advocates, posing in several of the organization's controversial ads promoting vegetarianism and animal rights.  One recent ad of hers that showed her in a bikini and covered with butcher markings was banned by city officials in Montreal.  See more sexy ads of Pam and view these photos of the hottest women in television. Follow on Twitter.


    Pamela Anderson gots back into the living rooms of America with her 2009 stint on "Dancing With the Stars." She got a standing ovation during her final turn around the ballroom after she was eliminated. She made it to the top 6.  Anderson is still making headlines with her runway shows with freaky designer Richie Rich, and she and Tommy Lee have become good friends. What's next for the Baywatch beauty? Stay tuned... Check out more hot shots of dancing Pam and take a look at Sophie Monk’s perfect beach body moment. Follow on Twitter.
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