Dian Parkinson

Dian Parkinson (born Dianna Lynn Batts on (1944-11-30) November 30, 1944 in Jacksonville, North Carolina) is a former American model.

From 1975 to 1993 worked as a prize presenter on The Price Is Right.[1]

Career history

In 1965, while living in Falls Church, Virginia, she 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]

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

In 1978, she 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.[8]

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 appearance.

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, which resulted in a miscarriage. Barker denied the sexual harassment allegations.[1] The suit was withdrawn in April 1995, Parkinson claiming it was too costly and had taken a toll on her health.[9]

Playboy

Parkinson was the cover girl of Playboy in December 1991[10] and again in May 1993.[11] 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.[12]

EZ Krunch

In 1993, Parkinson was the official spokesperson for the home exercise equipment machine EZ Krunch.[13]

Personal life

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

References

Preceded by
Bobbie Johnson
Miss District of Columbia USA
1965
Succeeded by
Sue Counts
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