Rich, famous and tussling with the taxman

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Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson © PR Photos

The star: The Canadian-born model, actress, Playboy Playmate and animal-rights activist is best known for her role as lifeguard C.J. Parker on "Baywatch" and her tempestuous marriages to rockers Tommy Lee and Kid Rock.

Amount owed: $864,659

What happened: Though she's hardly drowning in debt, Anderson apparently has been lax with her taxes in California. The Golden State slapped the blonde bombshell with a tax lien for $493,144 in unpaid personal income tax in April 2009, then followed with a pair of liens totaling $371,515 in late 2012, according to TMZ. According to, Anderson filed annual taxes but not for the correct amount, and her plans to build a $50 million waterfront condominium development stalled when the housing market tanked.

The outcome: Let's just call it a work in progress, shall we? While Anderson's representative tells TMZ that some of the tax debt has been satisfied, the actress chalks her tax problems up to a blonde moment. "Mistakes may have been made in calculating taxes owed and we are now in the process of ensuring that any taxes owed are paid," she says. Last year, she revealed she has been paying weekly installments on her tax debt and blames her financial troubles on a "bizarre" situation with a former business manager.


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