Rehab, naked wrestling and arrests: what happened to the 1990s Baywatch stars?_freckle removal brisbane

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1996 The Girls Of "Baywatch." From L-R: Traci Bingham, Donna D'Errico, Yasmine Bleeth, Gena Lee Nolin And Nancy Valen. Baywatch (Photo By Getty Images) - e/Getty Images
1996 The Girls Of "Baywatch." From L-R: Traci Bingham, Donna D'Errico, Yasmine Bleeth, Gena Lee Nolin And Nancy Valen. Baywatch (Photo By Getty Images) - e/Getty Images

First airing in 1989, US drama Baywatch followed lifeguards on a Southern California beach as they saved accident-prone members of the public from drowning, earthquakes, shark attacks and even the odd serial killer. The debut series flopped and the show was cancelled but leading man David Hasselhoff was convinced they were onto something. Investing his own money and becoming executive producer, “The Hoff” revived the show in 1991 and was fully vindicated.

In its second incarnation, Baywatch became the planet’s most-watched TV show, seen by a staggering estimated weekly audience of 1.1 billion across 140 countries – including Saturday teatime viewers on ITV. The show would run – in slow-motion, across a sandy beach – for 11 series until the credits rolled for the final time in 2001. Its Nineties stars were household names across the world. But what became of Mitch, CJ and the rest of red swimming-costume clad hunks and beauties?

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson as CJ Parker - Freemantle
Pamela Anderson as CJ Parker - Freemantle

Then:The Canadian-born bombshell wasn’t part of the original cast, joining as lifeguard Casey Jean “CJ” Parker in season three, but swiftly became the show’s tentpole star. Anderson said she was attracted to the role because she shared her character’s “New Age thinking”, with interests in crystals, meditation and dream analysis. Male viewers were rather more interested in her pneumatic 34-D figure.

Now:Sex symbol status secured, Anderson hung up her red swimsuit after five series. She posed for a record 13 Playboy covers and landed her own TV vehicle as bodyguard Vallery Irons in action-comedy V.I.P. She starred in flop sci-fi film Barb Wire, which was nominated for six Golden Raspberries and named among “the 20 biggest stinkers of the 20th century”.

Her torrid love-life has long been tabloid fodder. Post-Tommy Lee, she was engaged to Swedish model Marcus Schenkenberg, had a year-long marriage to rapper Kid Rock and wed pro poker player Rick Salomon, then divorced him, citing fraud – before re-marrying and re-divorcing him. Her marriage to Hollywood producer Jon Peters was annulled within days. Her sixth and most recent marriage was to her bodyguard Dan Hayhurst but Anderson announced their split last month.

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