Where is Pam Anderson now? A refresher on the '90s bombshell before 'Pam & Tommy' streams

Our primer will take you from 'Baywatch' to Pam Anderson now. Get ready for a wild ride!

Pamela Anderson at the 1995 Napte conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pam Anderson now and then
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Curious millennials might be wondering, "Where is Pam Anderson now?" (Curious Gen Z-ers might be asking, "Who is Pam Anderson?" Yes, we feel old, too.)

A brand-new Hulu limited series is about to give us a look back into the actress-model's most famous romance, but some might know little about the blonde bombshell other than her association with Mötley Crüe drummer, Tommy Lee. (Now we're really throwing it back.)

For those who are too young to remember '90s happenings—or perhaps weren't even born yet—Pam and Tommy had a tumultuous rollercoaster romance and an infamous scandal, which will be the subject of the series. 

It seems TV is obsessed with 90s romances gone wrong (Impeachment: American Crime Story, The Crown, to name a few examples). Now, this iconic duo is getting time in the spotlight once more. 

Before you get wrapped up in a new TV obsession, allow us to head back to everyone's favorite decade for a Pamela Anderson refresher.

What to know about Pam Anderson, now and then:

The Canadian-born model and actress portrayed CJ Parker on Baywatch, arguably her best-known acting gig, from 1992 through 1997, and reprised the role in the Baywatch reboot in 2017. She also famously played "Tool Girl" Lisa in Home Improvement with Tim Allen and Vallery Irons in V.I.P. from 1998 to 2002. She was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2006. 

Her bombshell looks garnered much attention, and Anderson has graced the cover of Playboy 14 times, the most of any model in the magazine's history, with her appearances in the magazine spanning 22 years.

Later in her career, she went on to release several books, including three autobiographies, and took a bigger role in activism causes, particularly animal rights. 

Pam Anderson age

Anderson was born in Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada, on July 1, 1967. She is currently 54 years old. 

Pam Anderson net worth

Celebrity Net Worth (opens in new tab) puts Pam Anderson's value at a whopping $20 million from her acting, modeling and authoring careers, as well as her reality-show appearances, such as multiple seasons of Dancing with the Stars and Big Brother

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Who was Pam Anderson married to?

Pam Anderson has been married six times to five men: First to drummer Tommy Lee in 1995, then singer Kid Rock in 2006, film producer Rick Salomon in 2007 (which was annulled) and again in 2014, and producer Jon Peters and bodyguard Dan Hayhurst in 2020. On January 21, 2022, she announced that she had split with Hayhurst.

Pam and Tommy: Inside their relationship

Quickly smitten with rocker Tommy Lee, Anderson married the drummer pretty much instantaneously. On their first date in 1995, shortly after meeting during New Year's Eve in 1994, the two were wed in Cancun. 

Upon settling their new life in Malibu, California, the duo earned a reputation for partying and being highly sexualized. A carpenter leaked a tape of their most private moments, and it's arguably one of the  "most infamous stolen celebrity artifacts on the planet," according to Rolling Stone (opens in new tab)

Their wild relationship included some difficult moments too, including spousal abuse, for which Lee was sentenced to six months in the Los Angeles County Jail in 1998. The couple divorced that year. 

Pam Anderson kids

Together, Anderson and Lee share two sons: actor Brandon Thomas Lee, now 25, and Dylan Jagger Lee, a 24-year-old model and musician. 

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When is the 'Pam & Tommy' release date?

The eight-part series, centered on the heist of Anderson and Lee's honeymoon sex tape, hits Hulu on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. Have a look at the teaser below, which has been viewed a casual 10 million-plus times. 

Regardless of the generations who are going to tune in to the Hulu series, one thing's for sure—it's going to be one heck of a ride. 

“There was Tommy and then there was nobody else,” Anderson recounted to People in 2015 of her relationship. “He was the love of my life. We had wild and crazy beginnings that was too much for both of us.”

Lily James' Pam Anderson transformation

According to actress Lily James, who plays Pam in Pam & Tommy (Sebastian Stan plays Tommy Lee), Anderson chose not to get involved with the Hulu series. 

"I was really hopeful that she would be involved. I wish it had been different," James said in an interview for Porter (opens in new tab). "My sole intention was to take care of the story and to play Pamela authentically."

"I've never worked so hard," the actress said of preparing for the role. "I read the books [Anderson] has written, I read her poetry, I can parrot along to all her interviews." 

Of the massive physical transformation to portray Anderson, which included four hours of makeup and prosthetics, James told the outlet: "I've never done anything where I look very different from myself before. And I'd really like to continue in this vein, because I felt there was something very freeing and liberating in it. There was a bravery that came from that, a courage that came from… disappearing."

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 

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