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She is best known for being one of the longest-serving Barker's Beauties on The Price is Right 18 years Hailing from Jacksonville, North Carolina. A Marine brat who soon made new residence in Virginia with her Military family. Dian was raised in a strict religious household which she soon chafed against as she turned to beauty ants to help her escape her highly regimented lifestyle. In the early s, Dian began to land small roles in TV and movies as well as appearing on covers of various magazines including Cosmo.
Dian first entered the doorways of The Price is Right in mid-April , in the spring substituting for Anitra Ford for three shows Bob Barker had first introduced her as Diana Parkinson. She would return to the show as a long-term substitute model later that August when Anitra took a leave of absence from the show until mid-October and it during this time period that Dian wore a brunette wig as an attempt to look like Anitra during her absence.
Two months later in November , the show after receiving positive feedback from the hour-long trial run back in September expands to the hour-long format permanently, Dian ditched the brunette wig revealing her natural blonde hair as she officially ed The Price is Right family as the third Barker's Beauty alongside Anitra and Janice.
During her time most notably throughout the s on The Price is Right , Dian was known for her voluptuous and sexy figure, especially when it came to her appearing in bathing suits, which always thrilled audiences, dubbing her the nickname "the Bikini-Clad Vixen". She was also known for her playful and often flirtatious behavior with the show's announcers Johnny Olson and more so Rod Roddy.
When Olson was announcer and whenever he was shown on-camera, Dian occasionally was seen caressing his cheeks and when Roddy took over, during his on-camera time, Dian would often come over and playfully flirt and cuddle with him, causing him to blush. Also, Dian would often playfully flirt with Bob Barker , teasing him and by the late s , their constant flirting led to a personal and romantic relationship outside of the workplace, which ultimately cost both of them very dearly.
In , Parkinson, at then years of age, took on a new challenge as she decided to strip down and bare it all for the cameras of Playboy magazine, appearing on the cover of the December issue. Two years later, in May one before her departure from Price , Dian bared it all for the Playboy cameras again as she appeared in the cover of that month's issue of the popular men's magazine with the title Dian Parkinson: an Erotic Encore these photos were more explicit and VERY graphic.
In addition to her Playboy pictorials, Dian also appeared in a feature newsstand publication entitled Playboy presents Dian Parkinson and starred in her own Celebrity Centerfold video. While Janice Pennington holds the longest running record of years as a Barker's Beauty: 28 years since the show's original premiere, Dian holds the second-longest record as she completed an year stint as a Barker's Beauty. After 18 years as one of Barker's Beauties on The Price is Right , Dian decided to leave the series as her final appearance aired on June 18, taped on June 7th, which was also the final episode of the thenst season.
Before the 6th pricing game Dice Game , host Bob Barker gave her the opportunity to say a heartfelt goodbye to the home and studio audiences and mentioned that she was moving on to "pursue other interests" from the game show.
At the time of Dian's departure, there were rumors, particularly in the tabloids, that she had left the show because of an escalating and on-going nasty feud with Pennington and although it was reported that they quarreled production staff seldom paired them together by the early s , it was not the primary reason she departed the show.
The following year, Parkinson was out for revenge as she filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court case no. BC against Bob Barker for sexual harassment, claiming she was forced into a three-year sexual relationship with Barker in order to keep her modeling job on The Price is Right.
This prompted Barker to seek revenge of his own, as he and his attorney, Jeffrey Berman, held a live news conference where he revealed that he and Dian were indeed involved in a personal relationship outside of Studio 33 but stated that he had never forced her into doing anything that she had not wanted to do, sexually or otherwise. During the news conference, Barker recalled an angry and bitter shouting match between himself and Parkinson in his dressing room. He learned that she gave an interview to USA Today about her appearances in Playboy magazine as they asked her on what Barker thought about her posing nude in the popular men's magazine, in which Dian replied that Barker had allegedly said, "As far as I'm concerned, the good definitely outweighs the bad".
Bob also revealed that he tried to reason with Parkinson and wished that she would not put words in his mouth, to which Parkinson then asked him on what he really thought of her nude pictorials, to which Barker replied that he thought they were unfortunate and revealed that Dian went ballistic and flew into an angry rage. Holly Hallstrom also recalls this incident on The E! He was denying that he ever had anything to do with her posing nude for Playboy and she was saying "But, Bob, you're the one who said Oh, Yes, I think U should do it and you're the one who called Mark Goodson and said "Let her do it" and Bob was saying "Oh, no no no, you're crazy, you're lying".
Bob ended the news conference by announcing that he was coming for Parkinson, saying that he planned to prove that her allegations were false as well as suing her for malicious prosecution. Parkinson's sexual harassment case never went before a jury.
In April , Dian suddenly dropped the lawsuit after her doctor demanded that she do so because the ongoing stress was causing her health to decline dramatically Dian was also frequently absent from The Price is Right between late April and May due to stress of the constant feuding between herself and Janice and her health problems, notably suffering from a bleeding ulcer.
Shortly afterwards in an interview, Barker stated that he felt that the dismissal of Parkinson's lawsuit was total vindication for him but the legal wars were just heating up and about to get even uglier as longtime model Holly Hallstrom found herself in the unemployment line after refusing to get involved in the Barker vs Parkinson battle. After her abrupt termination in the fall of , Hallstrom stated in her press conference that Barker wanted her to recall certain events differently then she had called them as well as make appearances on talk shows and conduct radio interviews and was dismissed after her refusal to do so.
Holly's final appearance on The Price is Right aired on October 27, She and Janice have appeared on the series again without Barker. The following year, before her departure from Price , she appears with fellow models Kathleen Bradley and Holly Hallstrom on Vicki Lawrence's talk show Vicki!
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