Yasmine Bleeth: Throwback Thursday With Baywatch’s Hottest Brunette

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Another summer is coming to a close, so let’s look back at a perpetual Girl of Summer whose own career has been closed for a while. We’re talking about the bright-eyed and buoyantly busty Yasmine Bleeth, who brought simmering radiance and dark-hued charms to the blonde and breezy shores of the TV jiggle phenomenon Baywatch. Yasmine might not be the first name that you associate the show (that being Pamela Anderson), but she surfed Baywatch‘s peak popularity between 1993 and 1997. [photo via..]

She was starring in shampoo commercials as a baby, but Yasmine grew up and got superhumanly hot as a teen on the ABC soap opera Ryan’s Hope. That was way back during the second half of the ’80s. By the time she donned Baywatch‘s famous curve-gripping red swimsuit (opposite other veteran vixens like Nicole Eggert), Yasmine stood (way out) as one of humanity’s most lusted-after figures and in-demand starlets.

In 1995, People magazine hailed Yasmine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People alive, and she regularly scorched the pages of Maxim, Stuff, and FHM with eye-popping bikini and lingerie spreads–along with high fashion shoots for the glossy likes of Cosmopolitan.

Life after Baywatch looked even more promising for Yasmine. She dated Matthew Perry, launched a swimsuit line called Yaz Wear, and television honcho Aaron Spelling created the primetime NBC drama Titans around her in 2000–which was a big enough deal to land her on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.

Alas, Titans crashed hard, and Yasmine followed suit. A car wreck, criminal charges, and a hair-raising flat-nosed mugshot sent Yasmine packing for rehab . She remained silent until 2003, whereupon she published an article titled “Back From My Drugs Hell” for Glamour.

Yasmine subsequently retired from the public spotlight–so let’s all hang ten with our Baywatch DVDs and preserved magazine layouts and luxuriate in our sunny memories of Ms. Bleeth, both on and off the beach…

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