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No, she is not. Penny Lane is based on San Diegan Geraldine Edwards, who was a friend of Cameron Crowes, who was also from San Diego, California. Pamela DeBarres is known to be the master of self-promotion and did make the statement that she was both the inspiration for Penny Lane and one of the inspirations for the Banger Sisters. It is true that the Banger Sisters was partially based on her groupie adventures. But, as it has been noted, DeBarres often takes literary license in her statements and books. Although she is entertaining, information she provides should be taken with a grain of salt.

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Q: Is Pamela DeBarres the inspiration for Penny Lane in Almost Famous because I read an interview where she did say that?
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