January 13, 1997 12:00 PM

LATELY, IT SEEMS, PAMELA ANDERSON Lee has gone through more changes of heart than Dr. Christiaan Barnard. On Nov. 19 the actress, 29, filed for divorce from Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, 34, citing “irreconcilable differences.” They reconciled 10 days later. Now Lee has severed another tie—this one with Baywatch. On Dec. 16, Lee, citing a desire to spend more time with Brandon, her 7-month-old son with Tommy, quit the hit series. This split, she insists, is permanent. “I’m not going back,” she says. “I loved doing the show, but I’m moving on to different things. It’s time.”

Shooting had wrapped for the current season, and surprised Baywatch producers expressed regret at Lee’s departure. “We were very pleased with her work,” says Syd Vinnedge, an executive with the show’s distributor, All American Communications. “There were no fights. It was a good and positive year.”

Now concentrating on family, Lee is in counseling with a newly sober Tommy, whose drinking, say friends, prompted the separation. “We’re working on our problems and doing great,” says Lee. “I’d say life is back to normal—but it’s better.” Lee’s new domesticity may not be forever. Her career plans are uncertain—”I have no expectations of becoming a big movie star,” says Lee, whose film Barb Wire flopped last spring—but Hollywood is waiting. “She has star quality,” says casting director Rhonda Young. “She’ll get offers. No question.”

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