Most people who came of age in the 90s remember the show “Baywatch”. The vision that probably pops into most people’s minds are the lifeguards in the red bathing suits running along the beach in slow motion. Pamela Anderson was one of the most popular characters on the show “Baywatch”, from 1992 until 1997. Pamela Anderson’s image is synonymous with the show.
Pamela Anderson was born in Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada, and was the daughter of working class parents. She graduated in 1985 and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to become a fitness instructor. In a turn of luck, Pamela was discovered on a jumbotron at a B.C Lions Football game wearing a Labatt’s beer T-shirt, and so she briefly became the beer company’s spokesmodel. After this event, Pamela went on to pose in Playboy magazine and decided to have plastic surgery to enhance her bust line several times.
In 1992, Pamela got the role as C.J. Parker on “Baywatch”. The show was mainly about a group of lifeguards working on the beaches of Malibu in Los Angeles County and their subsequent social lives. Pamela fit right in with her blonde hair and fit body. Her character in the show was described as a kindhearted person, with a penchant for upholding the law and always treating others well. Her role was also that of a hopeless romantic, although her character was still portrayed as a competent and sensible lifeguard. There has been much fodder over the actual importance of her character on the show, as many people believe it was her looks alone that made her character so popular.
In fact, Pamela Anderson and her role on Baywatch likely came about because she related to the character, who, just like her, had an interest in anything new age, such as crystals, dream interpretation and meditation. Pamela’s character was also very athletic, and had a passion for sports and the outdoors. There is no doubt that the role on Baywatch was what catapulted Anderson to international fame, as well as the show.
Pamela Anderson’s television success with Baywatch definitely kept her in the limelight, as well as her appearances in Playboy magazine. Pamela has appeared on the covers of Playboy more than any other model, and her relationship with the magazine spans twenty years. Pamela’s luck ran out when she tried to translate her success to the big screen. She had several flops in the theaters such as, “Barb Wire”. She did hit more television success with a new series in 1998 called “VIP” which ran for about four years. On the show, which was an action/comedy, Pamela was able to engage in some humor, mocking her image as the blonde bombshell. Pamela has also appeared on hit shows such as “Saturday Night Live” and “The Nanny”.
Notably, in 1999, Pamela had her breast implants surgically removed. This was a notable event due to the fact that her implants had played a role in her image, fame, and popularity. The Baywatch image of Pamela Anderson in a red bathing suit will forever be ingrained in pop culture.