When it was announced Friday that Pamela Anderson would again appear on the hit ABC show "Dancing with the Stars," many fans were probably wondering what the actress has been up to since the last time.
Anderson, who may be more famous for the fact that she is famous than for any role she has played, has seen her career cool off since the days of "Baywatch," but she has still managed to keep the public's interest.
In the new season of "Dancing with the Stars," Anderson will compete against fellow show alumni Bristol Palin and Kirstie Alley, among others.
Before there was Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton, there was Pam Anderson. Her big break came when she donned the famous red bathing suit as C.J. on "Baywatch," but a series of plastic surgeries and sex tapes have marred the image of the woman who was once considered among the most desirable in America.
Luckily for Pam, she's been able to push past her 15 minutes of fame via the same route traveled by lot of people desperate for stardom: reality-television shows.
After Anderson was eliminated during the 10th season of "Dancing with the Stars," she told Us Weekly magazine the worst part of the experience was that she couldn't eat what she wanted anymore and expect the calories to drip away.
"It was kind of surreal," Anderson said. "Maybe we'll wake up, and it didn't really happen."
In one sense, it didn't. Anderson spent 2011 on television both in and outside the U.S. She appeared on the Argentinian version of "Dancing with the Stars" and then appeared on the U.K.'s version of "Big Brother." The year before that, Pam stayed in the Indian "Big Brother" house for three days, according to BBC News.
There are Huliq-fueled rumors that producers of the coming "Baywatch" movie will attempt to have her to star alongside the already announced David Hasselhoff. Considering Pam's penchant for starring in projects like "Blonde and Blonder" and "Stacked," it's hard to think she'd turn down a rehashing of the role associated with her greatest fame.
Unfortunately, it hasn't all been glitz and glamour for Anderson. Because of more than $500,000 owed to California, she was placed on a list of that state's Top 500 Delinquent Taxpayers.
She was also hired as the representative of FrogAds.com, a company that acts as a market for auctions and classified advertisements, USA Today reported.
Meanwhile, Pam spent the early part of this year pursuing one of her loves, racing. She launched her own Downforce1 racing team and said the cars would race in the European Le Mans Series.