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Dian Parkinson
Born
Dianna Lynn Batts

(1944-11-30) November 30, 1944 (age 76)
OccupationModel, actress

Dian Parkinson (born November 30, 1944) is a former American model and actress.

From 1975 to 1993, Parkinson served as a model on The Price Is Right.[1]

Career history

In 1965, while living in Falls Church, Virginia, Parkinson won the Miss District of Columbia USA title and competed as Diana Batts in the Miss USA 1965 pageant, where she placed fourth runner-up.[2] Parkinson won the 1965 Miss USA World contest.[3] She went on to represent the United States in the international Miss World 1965 contest, and was first runner-up to Lesley Langley of the United Kingdom.[4]

Parkinson traveled during 1965 with the Bob Hope USO Show, including performances in Vietnam during late December 1965, and also served as Queen of the 1965 Bob Hope Desert Classic golf tournament.[5]

In 1975, Parkinson was a guest star on The Mary Tyler Moore Show ("Ted's Moment of Glory").[6]

In 1978, Parkinson appeared in the pilot of the TV series Vega$.[7]

From 1975 to 1993, Parkinson was a model on the US television game show The Price Is Right. Her 18-year tenure on the show was among the longest of any of the models, second only to Janice Pennington, who was with the show for more than 28 years.[citation needed]

Departure from The Price Is Right

Parkinson left the show in 1993, supposedly to "pursue other interests", as host Bob Barker announced during her final taping, which aired on June 18, 1993.

In 1994, Parkinson filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court (case no. BC106366) against Barker for sexual harassment, claiming a three-year sexual relationship was extorted by threats of firing from The Price Is Right.[citation needed] Barker denied the sexual harassment allegations.[1] The suit was withdrawn in April 1995, with Parkinson claiming it was too costly and had taken a toll on her health.[8]

Playboy

Parkinson was the cover girl of Playboy in December 1991[9] and again in May 1993.[10] In 1993, Parkinson was featured exclusively in a Playboy "Newsstand Edition" photo magazine entitled Playboy Presents, Dian Parkinson. Also in 1993, the video Playboy Celebrity Centerfold: Dian Parkinson was released.[11]

EZ Krunch

In 1993, Parkinson was the official spokesperson for the home exercise equipment machine EZ Krunch.[12]

Space Ghost: Coast to Coast

In 1994, Parkinson appeared as a guest on the animated talk show Space Ghost: Coast to Coast ("Punch").[13]

Personal life

In November 2019, Parkinson listed a residence in Westlake Village, California.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c https://www.seattlepi.com/realestate/article/Former-Price-Is-Right-Model-Dian-Parkinson-14814000.php
  2. ^ "Miss D.C. Captures A Miss USA. Title With Tresses Intact". 1965-08-23. p. B9. Retrieved 2007-02-25.
  3. ^ Miss World USA Titleholders, jimmyspageantpage.com; accessed April 2, 2017.
  4. ^ Miss World 2008[permanent dead link], missworld.tv; accessed April 2, 2017.
  5. ^ Bob Hope Chrysler Classic - The Tradition of the Classic Girls, bhcc.com; accessed April 2, 2017.
  6. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0642897/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast
  7. ^ "Vega$" High Roller (TV Episode 1978) - IMDb, retrieved 2019-04-04
  8. ^ Bob Barker to face courtroom battle after model's suit ruled valid Archived 2009-03-05 at the Wayback Machine, v; accessed April 2, 2017.
  9. ^ "Super Model - Dian Parkinson - Playboy Plus". www.playboyplus.com. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  10. ^ "Classics - Dian's Back! - Playboy Plus". www.playboyplus.com. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  11. ^ "Playboy Celebrity Centerfold: Dian Parkinson (1993)". IMDb. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  12. ^ Coolestmovies (2009-10-11), 1990's INFOMERCIAL HELL #12: Dian Parkinson shills for the exercise gadget EZ Krunch, retrieved 2019-04-04
  13. ^ Dian Parkinson on Space Ghost: Coast to Coast
Preceded byBobbie Johnson Miss District of Columbia USA 1965 Succeeded bySue Counts