Pamela Anderson talks about her early experiences in the entertainment industry, including a disturbing encounter with a 1990s sitcom star.
In her forthcoming memoir “Love, Pamela,” Variety, Anderson discusses booking the role of Lisa the Tool Time Girl on the family sitcom “Home Improvement,” starring Tim Allen, Richard Karn, and Patricia Richardson. Anderson appeared as Lisa for 23 episodes from 1991-1997.
While the role gave Anderson her first taste of stardom, the actress writes of an on-set interaction she had with Allen on the set of the ABC series.
“On the first day of filming, I walked out of my dressing room and Tim was standing in the hallway in his dressing gown. He opened his dressing gown and quickly flashed me – completely naked underneath,” said an excerpt from the book published by Variety on Sunday. , ahead of the book’s January 31 release. “He said it was only fair because he saw me naked. Now we’re even. I laughed awkwardly.’
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USA TODAY can confirm that the account of Anderson’s claim appears in the book.
In a statement provided to USA TODAY by Allen’s representative, Marleah Leslie, on Sunday, Allen denied Anderson’s allegations. “No, it never happened. I would never do something like that,” Allen said in the statement.
Anderson’s claim provides a taste of the unwavering honesty of “Love, Pamela,” a memoir that will see the “Baywatch” bombshell and Playboy cover girl push aside the glamorous facade to tell her life story interspersed with original poetry.
An accompanying Netflix documentary, “Pamela, a love story,” will also be released on January 31.
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Experts say it’s important that high-profile women like Anderson finally take back their stories, as this could be a critical step in healing from trauma.
“It’s your story to tell, and it’s no one else’s. So when that’s taken from you, it’s painful. It’s traumatic,” Jessica MacNair, a licensed professional counselor, told USA TODAY in April. “So for (Pamela) to reclaim that and do it on (her) own terms is inspiring and even healing.”
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Contributors: Jenna Ryu and Barbara VanDenburgh, USA TODAY