Pam Anderson, Ladysmith’s famous native daughter
At 4:08 on the morning of July 1st 1967, the 100th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, in the small community of Ladysmith on Vancouver Island, a baby girl was born. It was probably fate that this baby girl, who became Ladysmith’s “Centennial Baby”, was to go on to become one of Canada’s most famous and recognizable citizen, and is now considered by many to be the post powerful Canadian in Hollywood. That baby is Pamela Denise Anderson, or more commonly call Pam Anderson. So today we celebrate her birth, and acknowledge her role in society.
Pam is best known for her glamour and “sexiness” which has made her one of the most recognized names in the world. At one time she was the second most recognizable woman in the world next to Princess Diana. McLean’s Magazine in 1993 named her the most recognizable Canadian in the world. She has been on the cover of Playboy magazine more than any other person with 13 covers, with the next closest being four. Her appearance in Playboy in 1989 lead to her becoming an actress. In 1991 she captured the role of the Tool Time Girl on the television series Home Improvement. She appeared on the series for two seasons. While she was there she landed the role of C J Parker on “Baywatch”. Baywatch became one of the most popular television series of all time with an estimated one billion viewers a week from 140 different countries around the world. She has appeared in numerous movies, television series, and specials over the years. She owns her own production company and produced and acted in her own popular and widely franchised television series VIP.
Pam is much more than the image projected to the public. She is loving and caring mother who has gone out of the way to shield her two boys from the paparazzi. She even transplanted her parents from Vancouver Island to her home in California to insure that her children would be near her loving family during their formative years.
The Pam Anderson that most of us know very little of is her role in trying to improve the social fabric of our society. Pam owned a restaurant where half of all proceeds went to help battered women; she is an outspoken critic of animal cruelty and is an activist with PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Pam received the first ever Linda McCartney Award for animal protection from Sir Paul McCartney in 1999. Her list of charitable events and interests range from American Liver Foundation to California Wildlife Center to National Domestic Violence. One activity that she is promoting strongly at this time is Waves 4 Water. An inexpensive way of cleaning drinking water for the millions around that world that is without a safe source of clean water.
She is presently working on developing her Ladysmith waterfront property that she acquired from her late grandmother. Pam’s proposal is to build an environmentally sustainable project that will complement the beauty of one of her favorite childhood spots.
Happy Birthday Pam
– Rob Johnson