She was spotted wearing a figure-hugging ‘Labatt Beer’ T-shirt during a football match and her image was shown on the stadium’s video screen, which created publicity for ‘Labatt Beer.’ She received an offer to model for the brewery’s commercials which she accepted.
She moved to Los Angeles to pursue her modeling career and in 1989, she got a chance to appear as the cover girl on ‘Playboy’ magazine’s October issue.
She was subsequently chosen as the ‘Playmate of the Month’ for the February 1990 issue.
She got her first major role in a television series in 1992 when she was chosen to play the role of C. J. Parker on ‘Baywatch,’ a drama series that revolves around the lives of lifeguards who patrol the beaches of Los Angeles County, California. She shot for ‘Baywatch’ till 1997.
She landed her first major film role in 1994, when she got a chance to star as Sarah in ‘Raw Justice.’ The steamy sex scenes in the movie ensured that she got enough attention for her role.
In 1996, she played the role of Barbara Rose Kopetski in the action film ‘Barb Wire.’ Unfortunately, the film was a commercial failure. In 1997, she appeared on the cover of a ‘Playboy’ issue.
She acted in the television series ‘V.I.P’ that ran for four seasons from 1998 to 2002. Her character, Vallery Irons, was often shown as poking fun at Anderson’s tabloid image.
After successfully portraying C. J. Parker in the series ‘Baywatch,’ she reprised the role in the movie ‘Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding’ in 2003.
She made headlines in May 2004 by appearing naked on the cover of ‘Playboy’ magazine for the first time ever. She went on to pose naked for other magazines like ‘Stuff’ and ‘GQ,’ establishing herself as a sex symbol.
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She became an author in 2004 by co-writing a book titled ‘Star’ with Eric Shaw Quinn. The sequel of the book titled ‘Star Struck’ was published in 2005.
In 2008, she starred in ‘Pam: Girl on the Loose,’ a documentary series based on her life as an actress, model, activist, and sex symbol. The show received mostly negative reviews from critics.
She appeared on the eighth season of the reality TV show, ‘Big Brother Australia.’ In 2010, she appeared on the fourth season of ‘Bigg Boss,’ the Indian version of ‘Big Brother.’ Her presence increased the viewership of the show on both the occasions.
She participated in the tenth season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ (2010), where she was partnered with professional dancer Damian Whitewood and was eliminated after seven weeks.
In 2011, she appeared on the Argentinian version of the same show.
She was a contestant in the ninth season of ‘French Dancing with the Stars’ in 2018.
Anderson is well-known for playing the role of lifeguard C. J. Parker in the television drama series ‘Baywatch.’ The show was very successful and became one of the most watched television programs in the world.
She is most famous as a sexy bombshell and has appeared on several ‘Playboy’ magazine covers. She has also appeared nude in many of its issues. She wrote the foreword in the ‘Playboy’ coffee table book, ‘Playboy’s Greatest Covers.’
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Apart from being a model and actress, she is also a prominent member of the animal protection organization, ‘People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA). She has campaigned against ‘Kentucky Fried Chicken’ (KFC) and the annual seal hunting in Canada.
Personal Life & Legacy
She married singer Tommy Lee in 1995 and divorced him in 1998. The couple had two children.
She married singer Kid Rock in 2006 but that marriage also ended in divorce.
She began a relationship with socialite Rick Salomon and married him in 2007, but the couple soon got separated and annulled the marriage in 2008. She remarried Salomon in 2014 before divorcing him in 2015. From 2017 to 2019, she dated French professional football player Adil Rami.