Pamela Anderson and movie mogul Jon Peters tied the knot in a private ceremony in Malibu yesterdayon Jan. 20. The couple, who first dated more than 30 years ago, reunited in recent months keeping their relationship a secret.
“Pamela has never seen her full potential as an artist. She has yet to shine in a real way. There is much more to her than meets the eye, or I wouldn’t love her so much. There are beautiful girls everywhere. I could have my pick, but — for 35 years — I’ve only wanted Pamela. She makes me wild — in a good way.
She inspires me. I protect her and treat her the way she deserves to be treated.”
The marriage marks the fifth for both. Anderson’s exes include rocker Tommy Lee, with whom she has two adult sons; Kid Rock; and Rick Salomon (twice). Most recently, she was living in Marseille with French soccer star Adil Rami.
Peters’ love life is legendary as well. He was married to actress Lesley Ann Warren, butwhen the then-hairdresser took up with Barbra Streisand, it was all over. He met Babs on the set of the comedy For Pete’s Sake and that began a 12-year affair that birthed A Star Is Born, which Peters produced (he also produced the 2018 remake with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga). He also was married to producer Christine Forsyth-Peters, who attended the ceremony with their daughters Caleigh and Skye.
Peters first met Anderson in the mid-’80s at the Playboy Mansion when he noticed the actress, who had just moved to L.A. from her native Canada,
“I walked in and saw this little angel sitting at the bar. It was Pammy. She was like 19. I knew she would be a big star,. We ended up living together. Of course, Hefner loved her and saw her beauty. Pamela was a girl who with no makeup was gorgeous. She was very smart and very talented. I tried to talk her out of doing Playboy. I said, “Don’t do Playboy. Focus on a serious career.” She said, “You’re nuts.” She wanted to do Playboy, and she went on to do 13 covers.”
Anderson became the modern archetype of the Playboy blonde bombshell making her a household name. Peters paid for her acting classes and dance and voice lessons, helping launch her onscreen career, first in TV on Home Improvement and as lifeguard C.J. Parker on the international hit Baywatch and later in film in Barb Wire. He proposed, but she turned him down. He now remembers telling her,
“In 30 years, our age difference won’t mean so much.”
Following the wedding, Anderson offered THR her own statement on Peters in the form of a poem:
“Jon is the original ‘bad boy’ of Hollywood – no one compares –
I love him deeply like family.
His life used to scare me.
So much for a girl like me. Now I’ve seen more of life and realize ..
He’s been there all along. Never failed me –
I’m ready now and
he’s ready too – We
and respect each other – We love each other without conditions. –
I’m a lucky woman. – Proof
God has a plan”
(Photos, Avalon; via THR)