Pamela Des Barres
American actor
Pamela Des Barres
Pamela Des Barres aka Miss Pamela is a former rock 'n' roll groupie, author and magazine writer.
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Deer Culling is Underway at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park
NPR - about 2 months
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park ’s deer-management program is underway. It’s the second year of a four-year program to reduce the park’s deer population. The park is using U.S. Department of Agriculture sharpshooters to help control the deer population. It’s collaborating with the Cleveland Metroparks and Summit Metro Parks to collect and distribute the meat to local food banks. Pamela Barnes is the community engagement supervisor at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. She says the park has considered alternative population-control methods. “We did look into all of those kinds of non-lethal methods, and other parks in the national parks system did as well. They did find that those were less effective and more expensive for the taxpayer." Park officials say deer overpopulation poses a safety risk to locals, and threatens plant life in the park. Federal sharpshooters will be active in the park through mid-March. Complaints, comments and questions can be directed to the Cuyahoga Valley
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Books of The Times: Review: In ‘Dear Mr. You,’ Mary-Louise Parker Writes to Men, With Lust and Rue
NYTimes - over 1 year
The actress presents aspects of herself in an epistolary book that is not a memoir but candidly speaks volumes about its author.
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Groupies, From Sex Symbols to Style Icons
NYTimes - over 1 year
When Pamela Des Barres and other backstage women came to prominence in 1969, the news media focused on their brazen sexuality. Now the focus is on their fashion.
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A Fistula-Free Generation Is Possible
Huffington Post - over 3 years
We are thrilled to be in Uganda to recognize the achievements of EngenderHealth's Fistula Care project, the largest U.S. government-funded initiative to treat and prevent obstetric fistula in more than 10 countries throughout Africa and Asia. We are here with our incredible partners -- government officials, representatives of nongovernmental organizations, doctors, community health providers and hospital administrators -- to share lessons learned and chart the way forward toward achieving a fistula-free generation. This is a milestone not just for the project, but more importantly for the maternal health field. With our partners, we have supported more than 26,000 fistula repair surgeries and trained 33,500 surgeons, nurses and community health workers to prevent and treat fistula. We have also advocated for policy changes to tackle root causes of fistula, including family planning, early marriage and poor access to emergency obstetric care. In our ongoing efforts, we've identifie ...
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Michael Sigman: The Melodies Linger On (Part I)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Jan Swafford's essay "The Most Beautiful Melody in the World" inspired me to ask my most popular-music-obsessed friends to name their favorite tunes. The terms were simple: Pick a fave song from the last 50 years based solely on its melody. Simple, perhaps; but hardly easy. Separating a melody from its lyric -- and any particular vocal and arrangement -- is a tough job. But someone's gotta do it. A few confident souls responded instantly, as though they'd been waiting years to be asked. The great Dion Dimucci says Pomus/Shuman's "This Magic Moment" is "a perfect song -- it's beautiful, wonderful, powerful, amazing and yet distinctive and memorable." Screenwriter/lyricist Jerry Leichtling chose Paul Simon's towering "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and theater producer Susan Dietz, still stuck on the cute Beatle, picked "Yesterday." Others were more promiscuous. A&R whiz Gregg Geller writes, "I would choose "Dindi" or "Wave" or just about anything by Antoni ...
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Pamela Barnes: Empowering Change for Adolescents around the World
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Recently, I toured a health clinic in India and met a girl named Anju. Anju's family is poor. They live far away in a remote village that has no running water or health care. Although Anju is only 14, her parents expect her to marry and start having children soon. But she confided that she is not ready to get married. She doesn't even want a boyfriend. What she wants more than anything is to go to school. Anju dreams of becoming a teacher or even a doctor, something that will give her a chance to make life better for her family and the people in her village. To do this, she will need to complete her education, delay marriage and pregnancy, and stay healthy. Most importantly, she will need the ability to decide whether and when to have children, and how many to have. Discussing sexual and reproductive health for a girl as young as Anju may seem premature. Yet, each year, millions of girls in India and in more than 20 other developing countries where EngenderHealth works ...
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Kristi York Wooten: Angels and Devils Take the Stage in the Deep South
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
When a new American musical called Ghost Brothers of Darkland County opened last week in Atlanta, its creators were on hand to relish a standing "o" from a crowd enamored with the star power in the room. In addition to spooky novelist Stephen King and John "Hurts So Good" Mellencamp (who wrote the book and the music for the play, respectively, although neither performs in it), celebrities from the A-list on down took in more than two hours of ghosts, gore, and a few belly laughs at the premiere. Luminaries in the choice seats included Meg Ryan, Charles Barkley, Kim Fields and Pamela Des Barres. In the late 1990s, Stephen King got a visit from John Mellencamp, who'd heard a ghost story while house hunting for a cabin in his native Indiana. The two decided to turn their conversation into a musical (heaven, help us), and because it's all scary and American and stuff, they asked T-Bone Burnett to be the music director on the project, and - voila! - Welcome to Southern Gothic. ...
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Legendary Groupie Pamela Des Barres Suing Over Botched Eye Procedure
Cinema Blend - almost 5 years
Now, Des Barres has decided to sue the institution that hosted her messed up procedure. The former groupie has filed paperwork against the American Medical Aesthetics and Wellness in L.A. In the documents, Des Barres is suing to cover the earnings he has not been able to make in recent days as well as for damages. The whole incident sounds pretty scarring, with Des Barres claiming negligence on the American Medical Aesthetics part as well as claiming serious injury.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Pamela Des Barres
  • 2013
    Age 64
    In 2013, Pamela launched her clothing line, "Groupie Couture;" she also writes articles for online and print publications.
    More Details Hide Details She has been teaching writing classes for several years, both in Los Angeles and in cities across the United States, and affectionately refers to her writers as her "Dolls."
  • 2005
    Age 56
    An updated edition of I'm With the Band was released in 2005.
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  • 1977
    Age 28
    On October 29, 1977, she married Michael Des Barres who had been lead singer for Detective (signed to Led Zeppelin's Swan Song Records label) and Silverhead, and who, in 1985, was tour vocalist for Power Station. They have a son, Nicholas Dean Des Barres (GameFan magazine's Nick Rox). The couple divorced in the summer of 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Des Barres wrote two memoirs about her experience as a groupie, I'm with the Band (1987) and Take Another Little Piece of My Heart: A Groupie Grows Up (1993). Conjecture has been published saying that Cameron Crowe drew from these memoirs to create the groupie character Penny Lane for his film Almost Famous; however, Crowe has written that the character was a fictionalization of events he witnessed as a young music journalist, a composite of a handful of girls calling themselves the "Flying Garter Girls," primarily one named Pennie Trumbull who went by Pennie Lane. The memoirs by Des Barres still have a connection to the film: actress Kate Hudson read them for inspiration as she portrayed Penny Lane. Des Barres has written two non-fiction books other than her memoirs, Rock Bottom: Dark Moments in Music Babylon and Let's Spend the Night Together: Backstage Secrets of Rock Muses and Supergroupies (Chicago Review Press, 2007).
  • 1974
    Age 25
    In the 1970s Des Barres decided to pursue a career as an actress, and acted in a few movies, including Zappa's 200 Motels, commercials, and a year acting on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow in 1974.
    More Details Hide Details She continued to work as a nanny/babysitter for Zappa, who urged her to continue to keep writing the diary she had begun in high school, in which she had faithfully recorded the important details of her life. When her acting career stalled, she continued to work for the Zappa family as a nanny for Zappa's children, Dweezil and Moon Unit.
  • 1966
    Age 17
    She started to spend her time with the Byrds and other bands, and when she graduated from high school in 1966, she took various jobs that would allow her to live near the Sunset Strip and pursue relationships with rock musicians.
    More Details Hide Details One high school art class assignment was to visualize an object that showed both texture and color. Having fantasized about Mick Jagger's genitals, she made them the subject of her painting, which earned her an "A" grade. After securing a position as the babysitter for Zappa's children, she at last found herself a few years later finding multiple opportunities to compare the drawing with the actual object. She famously paired up as a friend to a lot of old school rockers, as well as with future sexual partners Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, Nick St. Nicholas, Noel Redding, Jim Morrison, Chris Hillman, Gram Parsons, Waylon Jennings, and actors Brandon deWilde, Michael Richards, Woody Allen and Don Johnson. Des Barres was also a member of the GTOs, which was what is believed by many to be the world's first all-girl groupie "musical" group sponsored by Frank Zappa. The group started out as the Laurel Canyon Ballet Company, and began performing as an opening act for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. The GTOs set was an eclectic mix of music, spoken word, and performance art, all backed by Zappa's band (since none of its members were formally trained to sing or play an instrument). In 1969, they released their only album entitled Permanent Damage on Zappa's record label. Various music and lyrics were co-written by Zappa and some of the girls.
  • 1948
    Born on September 9, 1948.
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