Vassiliki Papadimitriou was the mother of American musician and founder of Methods of Mayhem Tommy Lee. She was born on August 8, 1939, in Katona, Greece. Little is known about her childhood, but her father’s name was Eleftherio Papademetrio; there are also no siblings’ details.


Vassiliki Papadimitriou was a model and participated in beauty contests in her motherland, Greece. In 1957, she contested in the Miss Greece beauty pageant but did not win as she came second. During her beauty contests, she met David Oliver Bass, who became her husband.

Personal Life

Vassiliki Papadimitriou was married to David Oliver Bass; they met in Greece. David was serving in the US Army while Vassiliki was modeling. Vassiliki and her husband stayed in Greece for some time before moving to the US, where they settled in California. While married to David, Vassiliki had two children, Athena and Tommy Lee. Her children decided to venture into the music industry; Athena is a drummer.

Vassiliki Papadimitriou had a close relationship with her children, especially her firstborn son, Tommy Lee. She was a loving mother and a good person in general.

Her Son

Tommy Lee was born in Greece but grew up in the United States; at age four, he was introduced to music. Tommy was given drumsticks, and he started playing the drums. His passion for music turned to love, and he dropped out of high school to pursue a music career.

Tommy’s Music Career

Upon dropping out of high school, Vassiliki’s son joined an L. A based band called Suite they were regular at Sunset Strip club. The band enjoyed some success, but in the 1980s, Tommy Lee formed another band called Motley Crue. The band gained a lot of following and soon released their first album, Too Fast for Love. Given the band’s command level, they released a series of albums in the 1980s, including Shout at the Devil, Theatre of Pain, and Dr. Feelgood.

Motley Crue started having nasty behavior as it rolled in cocaine, alcohol, and heroin, which spoiled their reputation. In the 1990s, Vassiliki’s son did music as a solo artist, which was a success, having released several songs and performing at major events.

Her Son’s Personal Life

In his personal life, Tommy Lee has been married four times, with all his previous marriages ending in divorce. In the 1990s, Vassiliki’s son was in a romantic relationship with actress Pamela Anderson; they often recorded their sexual activities. In 1997, the videos leaked brought about media uproar among their fans.

Tommy sued the company that released the sex tape; however, the case was later dropped, and Vassiliki’s son was not compensated for defamation.


Vassiliki Papadimitriou died on March 9, 2012, aged 73. The cause of her death was never mentioned, but it was believed to be a natural death. Her son, Tommy Lee, wrote the song Blue and dedicated it to her; in the song, he mentions how much he misses his mom.