Pamela Anderson was born in Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada of partially Finnish ancestry (her paternal grandfather, Juho Hyytiainen, from Saarijarvi, left Finland in 1908). As the first baby born on Canada’s Centennial Day (well past midnight, at 4:08 in the morning), the newborn Pamela Anderson won fame as the nation’s “Centennial Baby”. After her birth, her parents Barry and Carol Anderson moved to the town of Comox with Pamela, who was still a baby.
In 1985, Pamela Anderson graduated from Highland Secondary School. In her high school yearbook, she wrote that she wanted to be a California beach bum. In 1988, Pamela Anderson moved to the city of Vancouver, where she got the taste of a city life and worked as a fitness instructor.
During the summer of 1989, Pamela Anderson and her friends went to a Canadian football game. At some point during the game, Pamela Anderson was shown on the stadium screen. The crowd at the game cheered her and loved how beautiful she was. Pamela Anderson was taken to the field to get an ovation from the crowd.
During the game, Pamela Anderson wore a Labatt’s t-shirt. The beer company offered Anderson a modeling contract and she agreed. Soon, Pamela Anderson was on posters in every bar in Canada. In late 1989, Pamela decided to model for Playboy magazine. She appeared on the October 1989 cover (credited as Pamela Anderson Ilicic) and decided to move to Los Angeles to continue her modeling career.
Pamela Anderson has gotten a great deal of press attention for her flamboyant personal life. She married pop-metal star Tommy Lee of the band Mi¶tley Cri¼e on February 19, 1995 after knowing him for only 96 hours, and subsequently bore him two sons, Brandon and Dylan.
Pamela Anderson filed for divorce twice and reconciled twice, after reported incidents of spousal abuse and alcoholism on the part of Lee, before the couple finally broke up for good. During the period of her marriage, she was known professionally as Pamela Anderson Lee.
Pamela Anderson has become engaged to Marcus Schenkenberg and Kid Rock, since her divorce. She broke up with Schenkenberg in 2001, and broke up with Kid Rock in 2003.
Pamela Anderson has also had relationships with Scott Baio, “Baywatch” co-star David Charvet, and musician Bret Michaels of the band Poison. She has also allegedly has had affairs with celebrities including Sylvester Stallone, Dean Cain, Rikki Lee Travolta, surfer Kelly Slater, Ben Affleck, Fred Durst, reality TV star Eric Nies, and Stephen Dorff.