Pamela Denise Anderson (born July 1, 1967 in Ladysmith, British Columbia) is a Canadian American actress and model. Anderson is best known for her roles on the television series Home Improvement, Baywatch and V.I.P. after rising to fame as Playmate of the Month for Playboy magazine in February 1990. Her centerfold was photographed by Stephen Wayda & Arny Freytag. Anderson has also appeared in films such as Raw Justice (1994), Barb Wire (1996) and Blonde and Blonder (2008) and was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2006.
Anderson is an activist for the animal rights movement and has conducted campaigns condemning the commercial fur industry and promoting veganism through the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
Canadian Finnish roots Anderson has Canadian Finnish roots. His grandfather's father was originally Juho Hyytiäinen, but changed his surname to Anderson when he moved from Saarijärvi to America at the age of 19 in 1908. The father of his wife came from Lehtimäki.