Pamela Anderson to tell her ‘real story’ in a Netflix documentary

Actor and animal rights advocate Pamela Anderson is ready to open up about her journey through the spotlight’s gauntlet. On Wednesday 2 March, the Baywatch star posted a handwritten note on Netflix letterhead to her Instagram (her only post, as of press time). She signed it with a lipstick kiss.

“My life / A thousand imperfections / A million misperceptions / Wicked, wild & lost / Nothing to live up to— / I can only surprise you— / Not a victim, but a survivor  & alive to tell the real story,” she wrote. Variety reports that the project being alluded to is a documentary feature about the star.

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The “definitive documentary about the pop culture icon,” as Variety calls it, has reportedly been in the making for several years and is directed by Ryan White. The outlet says the film will feature interviews with Anderson as well as archival footage and personal journals. It’s described as “an intimate portrait embedded in the life of Pamela Anderson as she looks back at her professional and personal path and prepares for the next steps on her journey.”

Pamela’s sons, Brandon Thomas Lee and Dylan Jagger Lee, both added the post to their Instagram Stories with the caption, “The Real Story.” Brandon is a producer on the project, and both sons commented with red hearts on their mom’s announcement.

The “real story” comment is likely an allusion to Pam + Tommy, the Hulu series that is centred on a fictionalised version of the events surrounding the theft of Pamela and her then-husband Tommy Lee’s private sex tape. Though the storyline is sympathetic to Pamela, the project has been criticised for going forward without her consent or approval. 

Her friend Courtney Love blasted the project online, posting, “I find this so f*cking outrageous…[the tape] destroyed my friend Pamela’s life. Utterly…My heart goes out to Pammy. Further causing her complex trauma.”

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