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Calgary Expo: Pamela on activism, being a sex symbol

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“It’s a compliment, I think. Everyone wants to be sexy. There are worse things you could call me.”

So started the conversation with Canadian expat Pamela Anderson on Sunday afternoon, the final celebrity to take the stage at the Stampede Corral for the 2019 Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. It’s the obligatory question for those who are perhaps known more for their looks than range as a thespian. Does she mind being known as “one of the world’s biggest sex symbols?”

Well, apparently not. But the Vancouver Island native and former star of Baywatch made clear that she is much more interested in life as a mother and animal-rights activist these days. There were more shout-outs to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and championing of veganism than you could count during the 45-minute panel, with the actress saying that her reputation as a sex symbol has actually been useful not only in making activism sexy but also as a way to catch people by surprise.

“It’s kind of a secret weapon,” she says. “When someone doesn’t think you’re intelligent but then you form a full sentence, you’re a genius.”

While much of the conversation revolved around Anderson’s work as an animal-rights and environmental activist, it was not without its tasty tidbits about the less-serious side of her career.

Born in Ladysmith, B.C., Anderson initially gained fame for her Playboy Playmate of the Month spreads and for her role as the red-swimsuited C.J. Parker in Baywatch in the 1990s. On Sunday, we learned that Anderson never worked out during her Baywatch stint, despite it being stipulated in her contract that she couldn’t gain weight. We learned that the late Marvel guru Stan Lee suggested that nudity be incorporated into the 2003 cartoon series Stripperella, where the titular character was based on and voiced by Anderson.

“It was a little bit naughty for me, even,” she said. “I didn’t know if I should do that. My kids were growing up. Not that that stopped me from much else.”

As for her relationship with her ex-husband, drummer Tommy Lee, Anderson addressed it after a question was asked about the tell-all book The Dirt, which focused on the wild years of Lee and his Motley Crue bandmates.

She hasn’t read the book nor seen the Netflix film based on it. But she isn’t surprised that she didn’t make her way into the film.

“I was in the book but it was garbage and it wasn’t true,” she said. “So I’m sure they didn’t want to put that in the movie and be liable for anything. Tommy and I speak and are friends and are both in our kids’ lives.”

Finally, we learned that the 2005 Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson raised $250,000 for PETA. That was really the only reason she did it. Besides, she found a clever way to deflect attention while being roasted.

“Who else can I get involved?” she said. “Who else can I share the attention with? That’s the trick. When you’re on a roast, get other people that are crazy. I had Courtney Love, Tommy my ex and I got Andy Dick. I just got a bunch of people that I knew they could pick on, too.”

source: calgaryherald

Pam Anderson wants to call Bruce Springsteen

Pamela Anderson is still fuming about charity money being taken from impoverished French kids to rebuild Notre Dame — and now she hopes Bruce Springsteen will step in.

The former “Baywatch” star boiled over at Tuesday’s Olympique Marseille fund-raiser for poverty-stricken children — organizers auctioned a Springsteen guitar for $112,000, but rather than give the proceeds to homeless children in the southern French city of Marseille, decided the cash would go to the gutted Paris cathedral.

Anderson, who railed on Twitter that Notre Dame already had $1 billion pledged in donations, told Page Six Thursday, “I was angry — the church already has all they need. And knowing the conditions of the many troubled youths in Marseille, it seemed that 100,000 euro for Bruce Springsteen’s guitar could have gone to the local children and to the homeless.”

Adding that Springsteen had likely donated the guitar in the first place for Marseille’s underprivileged kids, “I was thinking of calling Springsteen to see where he’d rather the money raised go — I am sure it would be to the poor kids for whom it was intended.”

Olympique Marseille — a top-tier French soccer club — didn’t reply directly to Anderson’s angst, but said nearly $500,000 was raised for local kids.

Bruce’s rep didn’t get back to us.

source: Page Six

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Pam Anderson leaves gala when Notre Dame gets funds meant for children

Pamela Anderson stormed out of a gala this week when $112,000 earmarked for poor French children went to fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral instead.

The “Baywatch” star said she was at Tuesday’s Olympique Marseille fundraiser to support poverty-stricken children — when organizers auctioned off a big ticket item to benefit the Gothic cathedral.

“Surely the children suffering in Marseille could have used the 100,000 € more than the church that has already received over a billion in donations by billionaires,” the actress fumed on Twitter Wednesday.

“I hope they will reconsider and give where it is needed,” Anderson continued. “To the community here in Marseille where it was intended. And would go much further in making lives better.”

The 51-year-old blond bombshell was at the gala with her boyfriend Adil Rami, a defender on the Olympique Marseille team, one of France’s most decorated soccer clubs.

Olympique Marseille didn’t reply directly to Anderson’s gripes, but told AFP approximately $490,119 was raised for local kids that night.

Donations to help rebuild Notre Dame have topped $1 billion after the Gothic gem was damaged by a massive blaze this month.

source: Page Six

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