The Quick 10: 10 Post-Barker's Beauties Careers

When I was checking out some of the Price is Right retired games last week, I came across some info on Barker's Beauties. Technically they're not "Barker's Beauties" anymore - ever since Drew Carey took over the hosting gig, they're simply "The Price is Right Models." What, no Carey's Cuties? Yeah"¦ perhaps that's a bit condescending. Anyway, I was surprised to see how many of the models have gone on to have bigger and better careers - and how many of them ended up in Playboy. Here are what 10 of the Beauties have been up to since their tenure on the PIR.

1. Disco singer. Kathleen Bradley was the first African-American model on the show - she wasn't a series regular until 1990, but had appeared in episodes of the original game show in the early '70s. She also won the title of Miss Black California and was in a disco group called "Destination." One of their biggest hits sampled part of the Addams Family theme song. It doesn't show up until about 8:30 so skip the rest unless you really love disco.
2. Baywatch babe. If you were a fan of Baywatch, you probably already know Gena Lee Nolin. But before she donned the iconic red swimsuit, she was elegantly showing the price points for Turtle Wax and cans of mixed nuts.

3. Video journalist for CNN. Phire Dawson has quite the resume - she has appeared as a video journalist for CNN, appeared on the reality show The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, was Ms. Petite Georgia, was a runner-up for Miss Georgia, and was also a cheerleader for the Atlanta Falcons. Whew. If that isn't enough, she's currently working on a line of swimwear.

4. Professional Groupie. Teri Harrison is now married to Morgan Rose, the drummer from Sevendust. It's unclear whether he first became aware of her because he's an avid Price is Right watcher or a fan of her work with Playboy.

5. Deal or No Deal Model. Claudia Jordan went from being a Barker's Beauty to one of the suitcase-holding models on Deal or No Deal. But she's not just a game show gal - she also co-hosted the 2009 Miss Universe Pageant, appeared on the second season of Celebrity Apprentice, and appeared in the Fabolous video "Throw It In the Bag." Less cool? Her appearance in the Backstreet Boys' "As Long As You Love Me" from 1999.
6. Gold Digger. No, really. Nikki Ziering was on the show from 1999 to 2002, after she had appeared inPlayboy. That may have been her career highlight, though - since her stint as a Barker's Beauty, she has gotten divorced from Ian "Steve Sanders" Ziering, appeared as a sideline reporter for Ultimate Blackjack Tour and had a part in National Lampoon's Gold Diggers.

7. Fembot and Queen of the Internet. Cindy Margolis was only very briefly on the game show in 1995 before leaving to pursue other opportunities"¦ such as a Fembot in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery in 1997. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine named her Queen of the Internet from 1996-1999 and the Guinness Book of World Records verified that she was the "most downloaded" person of 1999.

8. Wife of a Teen Idol. Hardcore PIR fans probably remember her Ann Pennington's sister more - Janice Pennington was one of the original Barker's Beauties and, with 28 years under her belt, is thus far the longest-running model. But it's Ann who married Shaun Cassidy, breaking the hearts of lovestruck teenagers everywhere. It didn't last, though - they divorced in 1992.

9. St. Pauli Girl. Heather Kozar, formerly a Playboy playmate (they could do a Girls of The Price is Right issue, easy), was also the St. Pauli Girl in 2002.

10. Homeowner"¦ several times over. Holly Hallstrom was one of the most well-known Barker's Beauties before she was fired for gaining 14 pounds. Barker sued her for slander, and she countersued for age, weight and medical discrimination. The case was tied up in court for almost 10 years. Hallstrom said she spent all of her money and was living out of her car at one point just to be able to afford her legal bills. But it worked out in her favor - she received a settlement to drop her lawsuit and now owns several homes.

10 Sweet Facts About Candy Canes

The sweet and striped shepherd’s hooks can be found just about everywhere during the holiday season. It's time you learned a thing or two (or 10) about them.


While the origins of the candy cane are a bit murky, legend has it that they first appeared in hooked form around 1670. Candy sticks themselves were pretty common, but they really took shape when the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany got the bright idea of twisting them to look like shepherd’s hooks. He then handed them out to kids during church services to keep them quiet.


It’s no surprise, then, that it was a German immigrant who introduced the custom to America. The first reference we can find to the tradition stateside is 1847, when August Imgard of Wooster, Ohio, decked his home out with the sugary fare.


Candy canes without the red don’t seem nearly as cheery, do they? But that’s how they were once made: all white. We’re not really sure who or exactly when the scarlet stripe was added, but we do know that images on cards before the 1900s show snow white canes.


Most candy canes are around five inches long, containing only about 50 calories and no fat or cholesterol.


The world’s largest candy cane was built by Geneva, Illinois chef Alain Roby in 2012.  It was 51 feet long, required about 900 pounds of sugar, and was eventually smashed up with a hammer so people could take home a piece.


Fifty-four percent of kids suck on candy canes, compared to the 24 percent who just go right for the big crunch. As you may have been able to guess, of those surveyed, boys were nearly twice as likely to be crunchers.


According to the National Confectioners Association, about 1.2 billion candy canes are made annually, and 90 percent of those are sold between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Which honestly begs the question: Who’s buying the 10 percent in the off season?


Bobs (that’s right; no apostrophe) Candies was the first company to really hang its hat on the sweet, striped hook. Lt. Bob McCormack began making candy canes for his kids in the 1920s, and they were such a hit he decided to start mass-producing them. With the help of his brother-in-law, a Catholic priest named Gregory Harding Keller (and his invention, the Keller Machine), McCormack was eventually able to churn out millions of candy canes a day.


December 26 is National Candy Cane Day. Go figure.


Here’s how they make candy canes at Disneyland—it’s a painstaking (and beautiful) technique.

10 Actors Who Hated Their Own Films

1. Sylvester Stallone, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. Sly doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to his film career. Despite co-starring with the delightful Estelle Getty as the titular violence-prone mother, Stallone knows just how bad the film was:

"I made some truly awful movies. Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot was the worst. If you ever want someone to confess to murder, just make him or her sit through that film. They will confess to anything after 15 minutes."

2. Alec Guinness, Star Wars.

By the time he played Obi-Wan Kenobi in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, Guinness had already appeared in cinematic classics like The Bridge on the River Kwai, Great Expectations and Lawrence of Arabia. During production, Guinness is reported to have said the following:

"Apart from the money, I regret having embarked on the film. I like them well enough, but it's not an acting job, the dialogue - which is lamentable - keeps being changed and only slightly improved, and I find myself old and out of touch with the young."

The insane amount of fame he won for the role as the wise old Jedi master took him somewhat by surprise and, ultimately, annoyed him. In his autobiography A Positively Final Appearance: A Journal, Guinness recalls a time he encountered an autograph-seeking fan who boasted to him about having watched Star Wars more than 100 times. In response, Guinness agreed to provide the boy an autograph under the condition that he promise never to watch the film again.

3. Bob Hoskins, Super Mario Brothers. He was in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. As far as I’m concerned, Bob Hoskins is forgiven for Super Mario Bros. Hoskins, though, doesn’t seem to be able to forgive himself. Last year the Guardian spoke with the veteran actor about his career and he summed up his feelings rather succinctly:

What is the worst job you've done?
Super Mario Brothers.

What has been your biggest disappointment?
Super Mario Brothers.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I wouldn't do Super Mario Brothers.

4. George Clooney, Batman & Robin. Sure, Batman & Robin made money. But by every other imaginable measure, the film was a complete failure, and a nightmare to the vast majority of the Caped Crusader’s most fervent fanatics. Star George Clooney recognized what a stinker he helped create and once plainly stated, “I think we might have killed the franchise.”

5. David Cross, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. When actors have a movie out, it's customary that they publicize the film by saying nice things about it. Earlier this year David Cross took a different approach. When it came to describing his new film Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, the veteran comedian — better known for Mr. Show and Arrested Development — went on Conan and called the film a “big commercial for Carnival Cruise Lines” and told people not to go see it.

6. Katherine Heigl, Knocked Up. Judd Apatow’s unplanned pregnancy comedy was a huge hit and helped cement her status as a bankable film actress. After the film’s release, however, Heigl didn’t have all good things to say. In fact, what she specifically said about it was that the film was:

"…A little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys.”

7. Charlize Theron, Reindeer Games. The 2000 action film Reindeer Games starred Ben Affleck, Gary Sinese and Charlize Theron and was directed by John Frankenheimer. But it all somehow failed to come together. In the end the film lost a lot of money and compiled a wealth of negative reviews – including one from its star actress who simply said, “Reindeer Games was not a good movie.”

8. Mark Wahlberg, The Happening. Mark Wahlberg doesn’t exactly seem like a guy who lives his life afraid of trees. But that is the odd position M. Night Shyamalan’s 2008 film The Happening put him in. Wahlberg, as it turns out, doesn’t look back too fondly on the film. He went on record during a press conference for The Fighter when he described a conversation with a fellow actor:

"We had actually had the luxury of having lunch before to talk about another movie and it was a bad movie that I did. She dodged the bullet. And then I was still able to … I don’t want to tell you what movie … alright “The Happening.” F*** it. It is what it is. F***ing trees, man. The plants. F*** it. You can’t blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook."

9. John Cusack, Better Off Dead. John Cusack reportedly hated his cult 80s comedy so much that he walked out of the screening and later told the film’s director Steve Holland that Better Off Dead was "the worst thing I have ever seen" and he would "never trust you as a director again."

10 Christopher Plummer, The Sound of Music. The Sound of Music is considered a classic and has delighted many generations of fans. But the film's own lead actor, Christopher Plummer, didn't always sing its praises. Mr. Von Trapp himself declined to participate in a 2005 film reunion and, according to one acquaintance, has referred to the film as The Sound of Mucus.


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