“Hey, Ms. Parker!” says the narrator, is a lyric that many fans of Ice Cube and Chris Tucker’s film Friday adored and could recite over and over again.
Mrs. Parker, played by Hollywood icon Kathleen Bradley, was Ice Cube’s character Craig’s sexy siren neighbor.
She was older and wiser, yet her figure could compete with any lady 20 years younger.
So, where is she these days? She’s 70 years old and, unsurprisingly, she still looks stunning! What’s the secret to her success? Living a stress-free life.
Kathleen began her career in the entertainment industry at the age of eight in Girard, Ohio, only two miles east of Youngstown. Kathleen relocated to Los Angeles shortly after graduation and began winning various beauty pageants, including Miss Black California.
She guest-starred and co-starred on such shows as Good Times, General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, Redd Foxx Show, Divorce Court, Amen, and A Different World. Bradley also appeared as a “Barker’s Beauty” on Bob Barker’s daytime game show The Price Is Right from 1990 until 2000.
Bradley was the show’s first and only African American model. Kathleen claims that Bob Barker fired her after she and several of the other ‘Barker Beauties’ were forced to testify in a case brought by Holly Hollstrom, a fellow “Beauty” who was also sacked by Bob.
‘She refused to go along with his plot to tarnish the reputation of yet another model on the show [Diane Parkinson] who sued Barker for sexual harassment,’ according to TheReelNetwork. It was assumed that Barker didn’t like the testimony that Kathleen and the other ladies gave.
“It surprised us when we were let go. It was unjustified. I could have sued, but I didn’t want to,” Kathleen said.
Kathleen’s memoir/tell-all book, “Backstage at The Price is Right: Memoirs of a Barker Beauty,” includes the Bob Barker story and many others. She goes into greater detail in the book on how she and the other women on The Price Is Right struggled with bulimia, sexual harassment, and the constant worry of losing their jobs, as well as intimate details about her interactions with other male celebrities and tensions on set at the time.
Kathleen’s previous battle with bulimia had a negative impact on her and others around her. Bulimia is an eating disorder defined by a high amount of food consumed in a short period of time, followed by an attempt to eliminate the calories consumed, usually by vomiting, laxatives, diuretics, or excessive exercise.
Eating disorders are more common in those whose jobs require a high level of attention to appearances, such as athletes or celebrities.
According to a poll conducted in 2008, approximately 30% of Hollywood celebrities had been treated for bulimia at some point throughout their careers. She is now co-hosting two new talk shows for the documentary online series “Once Upon a Lifetime People and Pioneers.”
“For Women” is a thoughtful dialogue amongst four knowledgeable and concerned women who are working to empower women from all walks of life on a global scale. In between performing roles, films, voiceovers, and TV appearances, she continues to promote and sell her book.
With a good attitude, this active 68-year-old grandma continues to turn attention.