Former ‘Price’ Beauty promotes book in hometown
The house she grew up in has been torn down. So has the old Girard High School, where she graduated in 1969.
But Girard always will be home to Kathleen Bradley.
Bradley left Girard after high school for California, winning Miss Black California in 1971, performing in a disco act, playing Mrs. Parker in the comedy “Friday” and spending a decade as one of “Barker’s Beauties” on the long-running CBS game show “The Price Is Right.”
She usually comes back home once a year for a family reunion. This time she’s back to promote her memoir, “Backstage at The Price Is Right,” and the first stop Wednesday on a promotional tour was the Girard Multi-Generational Center, across the street from where she grew up.
“It’s a tell-all. I’m telling it all,” Bradley told the crowd. “Well, not everything. I’m not going to incriminate myself.”
There’s plenty to tell.
During her tenure at “The Price Is Right,” various “Beauties” filed lawsuits against host Bob Barker for sexual harassment and defamation, and Bradley and Janice Pennington sued for wrongful termination after she was fired in 2000 (Bradley’s case was settled out of court).
“When I was put off the show, I was bitter for a while,” Bradley said.
One thing that motivated her to tell her story was seeing Karrine Steffans tell-all book “Confessions of a Video Vixen” or, more accurately, seeing the banner at the top of the cover that it was New York Times bestseller.
“If she can do it, I know I can,” Bradley said.
She wrote the book herself without a ghost writer, and the hardest part was writing about the death of her brother Scotty in 1999 from an aneurysm. But she promised the book isn’t all lawsuits and sadness.
“It’s a roller coaster ride,” she said. “It’s funny, it’s humorous.”
Girard Mayor James Melfi presented Bradley with a resolution proclaiming it “Kathleen Bradley Week” in Girard, and she will make several promotional appearances while back in the area, including today at Martini Brothers Restaurant in Youngstown, May 29 at Monteen’s Restaurant in Liberty and May 31 at Barnes & Noble in Boardman.