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Pamela Des Barres

Groupie

Born: 9 September 1948
Birthplace: Reseda, California
Best known as: Groupie author of I'm With the Band

Name at birth: Pamela Miller

Pamela Des Barres is famous as an unabashed rock groupie and celebrity-lover. Though "Miss Pamela" performed with the 1960s all-girl group The GTOs and had bit parts in a few movies, her real fame rests on her liaisons with rock legends like Mick Jagger and Jim Morrison. In 1987 she published a tell-all book titled I'm With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie. The book was a hit, making her perhaps the most famous groupie in the history of rock and roll. In 1992 she published a sequel, Take Another Little Piece of My Heart: A Groupie Grows Up. She married the rock singer Michael Des Barres in 1977; they had a son, Nicholas Des Barres (b. 1978) before divorcing in 1991.

Extra credit: The GTOs were formed by rocker Frank Zappa; the initials supposedly stood for Girls Together Outrageously... Des Barres was one inspiration for the character Penny Lane, played by Kate Hudson in the 2000 movie Almost Famous... She also helped inspire the 2002 film The Banger Sisters, with Susan Sarandon and Goldie Hawn as middle-aged former groupies. Hawn, by coincidence, is Kate Hudson's mother.

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