As Miss Pamela she first came to prominence in the GTO's in the L.A. groupie scene of the late 60's. She attended Cleveland High School with another GTO, Miss Sparky. A high-school acquaintance introduced her to Captain Beefheart, which led to her meeting members of various rock groups. She joined Vito Paulekas' dance troupe and undertook various jobs to sustain a groupie lifestyle on the celebrity circuit of LA's Sunset Strip. It was here that her paths crossed with other groupies into a nucleus that would become the GTO's.
On October 29, 1977 she married Michael Des Barres, but was divorced in 1991. She has retained her married name Pamela Des Barres and has written two memoirs of her experience as a groupie; I'm With The Band (1987) and Take Another Little Piece of My Heart: A Groupie Grows Up (1993).
A breast cancer survivor, she currently writes articles for online & print, teaches in Los Angeles and is an ordained minister. In a questionnaire she claimed that Zappa and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are her favorite composers. . She was also interviewed in Frank Scheffer's documentary about Zappa: Frank Zappa: Pioneer Of Future Music, parts 1 & 2 (2007).
Mentions in books, articles
"The residents at that time included my wife, Gail; my secretary, Pauline Butcher; our road manager, Dick Barber; Pamela Zarubica; Ian Underwood; Motorhead Sherwood; and a girl named Christine Frka - the woman on the cover of the Hot Rats album crawling out of the crypt. Christine Frka was our baby-sitter, along with Pamela Des Barres."
- mp3 Interview
- Pamela Des Barres - official homepage
- Gail Zappa, Mother Of Invention - interview by Pamela Des Barres, Yahoo.com, 2002]