Gwendolyn Osborne (born August 7, 1978 in Bath, United Kingdom, now known as Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith) is a British-American model, actress, and singer. She is formerly known as one of the models on The Price is Right from 2005-2017.
Gwendolyn was born and raised in Bath, United Kingdom. She comes from Jamaican and British ancestry and has two older siblings. While growing up, Gwendolyn was a bit of a tomboy and enjoyed the outdoors, she enjoyed skiing, hiking, water sports, 4-wheelers, horseback riding, and biking.
Her diverse family upbringing prepared her for a future in one of the most diverse industries in the world: Entertainment. Osborne-Smith came to America when she was a teenager and attended the New World School of Arts in Miami, Florida. Being British and new to America, Gwendolyn faced sometimes difficult cultural challenges as people constantly asked her where she was from and shifted all their focus and energy on that rather than taking her seriously. Once Gwendolyn proved to be a team player and showed everyone she was serious about her art, the challenges went away.
Gwendolyn says it was her older sister who influenced her interest in the entertainment field. Her sister attended the Italia Conti Academy of Theater of Arts, sang and danced, and was a huge fan of the TV show Fame. Osborne-Smith also says she and her sister would imitate what they saw on Fame, dress up and make up stories and that's when she was bitten by the entertainment bug.
In 2001, Gwendolyn, a single mother to a daughter named Monique (now 17-18), packed up and moved to Los Angeles and said it was far different from Miami. She then began auditioning for TV and movie gigs. One of her very first was appearing in the movie Any Given Sunday and became a SAG member afterwards and soon began work with LA Models.
In addition to working with LA Models, Gwen continued to land other TV and movie gigs. She appeared in the 2002 movie Snow Dogs and soon landed a contract role on the TV show Ocean Ave. Her character was Jade Dominguez, a Hispanic as Gwendolyn comes from mixed heritage. Ocean Ave was a Swedish-American soap opera that only aired in Sweden and Gwen says she learned about the day-to-day operations of a TV show and enjoyed the experience.
After Ocean Ave, Osborne-Smith continued to book other TV and modeling gigs. She made a brief appearance on a 2003 episode of the primetime reality TV show Dog Eat Dog as part of the introduction of an upcoming challenge that involved a contestant having to walk down a runaway (suspended above the water tank) wearing six-inch stiletto heels as Gwendolyn had done (not above the tank) to show how it's done.
In 2004, she was a member of Team Dream during Lingerie Bowl I.
The Price is Right & Personal LifeEdit
One year before she ACTUALLY began appearing as a Barker's Beauty on The Price is Right, Gwendolyn had previously auditioned for the show but unfortunately did not make the cut. She continued to book other gigs including a role as a Forrester model on the soap opera The Bold and The Beautiful and as luck would have it, a stagehand from Price happened to be working as a stagehand over at Bold and Beautiful and noticed Gwendolyn's body of work on the soap and convinced the staffers at Price to give her another chance at auditioning to be a Barker's Beauty and this time around, she nailed it and on March 31, 2005, she made her national debut as the newest model to join ranks on The Price is Right.
She was not only thrilled to finally join The Price is Right family but also lucky in love. On September 2, 2006, Gwendolyn married retired NBA player (and current TNT basketball analyst) Kenny "The Jet" Smith (taking his last name). They met at a charity event back in 2004 and soon began dating.
Now as wife and mom (her daughter Monique & step-mother to husband Kenny's two children from his first marriage), Gwendolyn continued on as a rotating Barker's Beauty on The Price is Right as the show moved into a new era: the departure of Bob Barker and the arrival of Drew Carey. Not only that, her family soon expanded as well.
On March 28, 2008, she gave birth to her second child, her son Malloy (named after husband Kenny's High School). Malloy appeared on stage with Mom Gwendolyn on the February 4, 2010 episode and on the Mother's Day episode of The Price is Right (aired on May 11, 2012), Malloy and husband Kenny appeared alongside Gwendolyn as they happily announced to the world that she was pregnant again and on September 29, 2012, she gave birth to her third child, London Olivia Smith.
Today, as wife and mother of three, Gwendolyn continues on with The Price is Right. She and Rachel Reynolds both hold the honor of being the only two models to remain with the show since the tenure of Bob Barker. If she continues modeling in Season 46, she will become the oldest regular model to appear on Price at age 39, overshadowing former model Brandi Sherwood who was 38 when she left the show.
In addition, to modeling on The Price is Right and family life, Gwendolyn also spends a lot of time in the recording studio as she's currently working on her very first studio album.
Gwendolyn proves that she can be a working woman as she balances her work and family life extremely well.
To date, she is the last ever model to hand the microphone to Bob Barker, which occurred on the April Fools Day 2015 episode.
Gwendolyn has recently announced on Twitter that she's decided to part ways with The Price is Right after 12 years. Her final episode aired on October 17, 2017.