Pamela Anderson talks about her early experiences in the entertainment industry, including a disturbing encounter with a ’90s sitcom star.
In her upcoming memoir “Love, Pamela,” according to 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 to 1997.
While the role gave Anderson her first taste of big name fame, 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 came out of my dressing room and Tim was in the hallway in his bathrobe. He opened his bathrobe and flashed me quickly – completely naked underneath,” according to an excerpt from the book published on Sunday. by Variety, ahead of the book’s January 31 release. “He said it was just because he saw me naked. Now we’re even. I laughed uncomfortably.”
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USA TODAY can confirm that the account of Anderson’s allegation appears in the book.
In a statement provided to USA TODAY on Sunday by Allen’s representative, Marleah Leslie, Allen denied Anderson’s allegation. “No, it never happened. I would never do such a thing,” Allen said in the statement.
Anderson’s allegation provides a glimpse into the unabashed honesty of ‘Love, Pamela,’ a memoir that will see the ‘Baywatch’ bombshell and Playboy cover girl put aside the glamorous facade to tell the story of her life, interspersed with original poetry.
An accompanying Netflix documentary, “Pamela, A Love Story,” is also slated for release on January 31.
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Experts say it’s important that high-profile women like Anderson finally take to their stories, because it can be a crucial step in healing from trauma.
“It’s your story to tell, and it doesn’t belong to anyone else. So when it’s taken away from you, it’s painful. It’s traumatic,” Jessica MacNair, a licensed professional counselor, told USA TODAY in April. “So to (Pamela) reclaim that and do it on (her) own terms is inspiring and even healing.”
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Contributor: Jenna Ryu and Barbara VanDenburgh, USA TODAY