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First Look Inside Pam’s Netflix Documentary

When Hulu premiered Pam & Tommy, the scripted TV series dredging up the most traumatic chapter of Pamela Anderson’s career, Anderson’s name was notably absent from the production. She did not consent to or sign off on the series, meaning that, nearly 30 years after her and her then-husband Tommy Lee’s home movies were stolen and distributed to the tune of over $75 million in sales in its first year alone, according to Rolling Stone—not a dollar of which she says she received—more Hollywood forces were profiting from her stolen personal property and trauma. Anderson did not comment on the series either, but she makes her feelings about the project—and many more subjects, including her stolen tape, marriages, and media misconceptions—known in a forthcoming documentary from Emmy-nominated documentarian Ryan White (The Case Against 8, The Keepers). Titled Pamela: a love story, the unsparing documentary chronicles Anderson’s complicated journey from small-town Canadian to Playboy pinup to ’90s icon to unlikely Broadway star—plus all the romances in between.

White, the acclaimed filmmaker behind this year’s Good Night Oppy, a documentary about the Mars space rover, says he generally has little interest in making celebrity documentaries. 

“I feel like a lot of them are about brand management or selling a product, whatever that may be. And Pamela’s the opposite of that,” says White, revealing that the actor sat down with him for her interviews without makeup and answered his questions for hours on end. “From the very beginning, she was like, ‘You can ask me anything. I will talk about anything. I will be nothing but honest with you about it all.”

Anderson also gave the filmmaker decades’ worth of home movies and journals—chronicling her love life, career, and children’s coming-of-age—without even reviewing them first. “The infamous stolen tape, which we’re always very careful to call ‘the stolen tape’ and not ‘sex tape,’ was just one of hundreds of hours that they filmed,” says White, referring to Anderson and Lee. “There’s no calculation with how [Anderson] thinks about these types of things. It’s all just about being raw and honest, for better or worse. It made for a really emotional film and I’m really grateful that I got to work with someone like that.”

White says that Anderson’s sons, Brandon, 26, and Dylan, 24, convinced Anderson “to tell her story on her own terms. They adore their mother and really hate seeing her story being told by other people in a way that they don’t feel is authentic to who she is. Pamela, by nature, is an incredibly open and honest person. That’s perhaps why Pamela’s gotten burned a lot in her life, but I also think it’s what’s so lovable and infectious about her.”
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Pamela Anderson Attends Jacquemus SS23 Show in Le Bourget

Style icon Pamela Anderson was one of the many celebrities who attended Jacquemus’ Spring/Summer 2023 showcase in Paris.

Wearing a full Jacquemus look, Anderson arrived in a white halter-neck dress which featured a thigh-high split, accessorized with a single sheer glove and a white pair of leather sandals. The star’s standout accessory, however, was an oversized straw hat complete with delicate cream fringing to complement her dress. It appears that fringing was one of the core themes of this season’s show, with guests subjected to hay falling from the ceiling throughout.

Not too dissimilar to Anderson’s MTV Video Music Awards look from 1999 (which multiple fans recreate time and time again, including Megan Fox at Art Basel Miami), the textured piece continues to be the actor’s accessory of choice and honestly, we can see why.

The show took place at Le Bourget, outside Paris and alongside Anderson, the front row featured the likes of Iris Law and Amina Muaddi to Christine Quinn and Emma Chamberlain.

‘I’m a work in progress’: Pamela Anderson on restoring her B.C. home and herself

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Model, actress and environmental crusader Pamela Anderson is on a mission of rehabilitation.

Reached at her home in Ladysmith, B.C., she says the goal at hand is to overhaul the six-acre Vancouver Island property where she spent her earliest years and now hopes to establish as a multi-generational haven for herself, her parents and her sons. It’s the focus of her new HGTV Canada reality show, “Pamela’s Garden of Eden,” which premiered Thursday.

At the same time, the Hollywood star says she’s been hit with a burst of introspection: while on the property she wrote a memoir due for release at the end of January and she is preparing to release a Netflix documentary about her life.

As much as the large-scale home renovation is a work in progress, “I’m a work in progress,” says Anderson.

“Coming back here was really triggering. For me, it’s very emotional,” Anderson says of revisiting roots to a childhood she’s described as difficult.

“When I came home, I think I was not as happy as I normally am. I came home to really face some things. There’s certain things in your life that you just kind of push aside and it was just so healing for me to come home and it took me a while to kind of grasp what I was putting myself through.”

Further details about her early life and colourful celebrity career will be revealed in the upcoming memoir and streaming project, she assures, acknowledging that the recent reset to small-town life is worlds away from the tabloid-grabbing exploits of her ’90s heyday.

“I’d never been on a plane before when I left this island. You know, I left the island and I went to Vancouver and then I moved to L.A. and then I went around the world and south of France for a year before I moved home,” says Anderson, who first rocketed to fame as a Playboy pin-up and “Baywatch” TV star.

“I was restless when I was here. And I had to learn how to be comfortable, just relaxing and enjoying and putting all my creative juices into this project, making this an art project, listening to other people’s ideas.”

Anderson says she bought the property about 30 years ago from her grandmother, believing she “just needed some Canadian roots” and that she would move there one day. It would take longer than expected, she suggests in a first episode that briefly alludes to years of an “overwhelmed” life in Los Angeles, a busy career and multiple high-profile marriages.

She says it was “gut-wrenching” at first to return to the sprawling waterfront property, which includes three buildings known as the roadhouse, the boathouse and the cabin.

“I felt like this place was like a broken heart, which I really had to kind of turn around.”

These days, Anderson says she relishes the new creative chores that occupy her time – painting, repainting, pottery and vegetable canning among them – while discovering her personal design style.
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