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Pamela Anderson to “set the record straight” in new Netflix documentary

The film follows the 'Baywatch' star's controversial depiction in 'Pam and Tommy'

By Joe Goggins

Pamela Anderson, 2022
The as-yet-untitled documentary will tell Anderson's story in her own words. (Photo: Netflix)

Pamela Anderson has announced a tell-all Netflix documentary, that she says will “set the record straight.”

The actress, now 54, shot to fame in the 1990s in the role of CJ Parker on ‘Baywatch’. Her private life quickly became the subject of intense tabloid scrutiny. In recent weeks, the release of Disney+’s controversial series ‘Pam and Tommy’ has reignited public interest in her colourful love life.

Now, Netflix have confirmed in a tweet posted yesterday (March 2) that they will produce the documentary, which is currently untitled and does not have a release date. “Pamela Anderson is ready to tell her story in a new documentary,” the tweet read. “The film, which has been in the making for several years, will feature the pop culture icon setting the record straight as she looks back on her professional path and her personal journey.”

Attached to the tweet, along with a black-and-white headshot of Anderson, was a photograph of a hand-written note from her. “My life,” it began. “A thousand imperfections, a million misperceptions, wicked, wild, lost. Nothing to live up to – I can only surprise you – but a survivor, alive to tell the real story.”

Ryan White, who directed the Serena Williams documentary ‘Serena’ and was nominated for a slew of awards for his HBO film ‘The Case Against 8’, is confirmed to be attached as director. Anderson’s son, Brandon Thomas Lee, is among the producers. ‘Pam and Tommy’, which stars Lily James as Anderson and Sebastian Stan as Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, dramatises the fallout from the infamous leaking of the pair’s sex tape in the 1990s.

The series was made without the approval or involvement of Anderson. She has not commented on the show publicly, but a number of sources close to her indicate she is unhappy with it. In May 2021, Courtney Love claimed in a since-deleted Facebook post that the existence of the series was the cause of “complex trauma” for Anderson. In January, a source told Entertainment Tonight that ‘Pam and Tommy’ “very painful for Pamela Anderson and for anyone that loves her”.