Holly Hallstrom (born Holly Anne Hallstrom on August 24, 1952 in San Antonio, Texas) is a former American Model and longtime ex-Barker's Beauty on The Price is Right from 1977-1995. In her late teens and early twenties, Holly Hallstrom was a college student. To help pay for College, she booked part-time modeling gigs. While visiting Los Angeles, she landed the one gig that would change her life forever and say goodbye to her college studies. That gig was auditioning to become the newest Barker's Beauty on The Price is Right after previous model Anitra Ford chose to leave the program (to pursue a career in Real Estate & Photography) the previous fall.
Her first appearances on the show began on (airdate) January 3, 1977 (during model tryouts) and after a string of appearances with other guest models, Holly officially joined The Price is Right family that February. Holly quickly became known for having mishaps, blunders, and bloopers with various prizes and set pieces which made her a favorite among the fans.
Her newfound fame also made her a bit of a celebrity as well as she occasionally popped up as a semi-regular panelist on Match Game (beginning most likely in 1979).
During the closing of the October 16, 1981 episode, Holly suffered a wardrobe malfunction while dancing to Kool and the Gang's Celebration as her dress began to slip, causing her to run behind announcer Johnny Olson and Bob Barker stepped in front covering Hallstrom with his jacket.
One of Holly's most memorable bloopers on the show is the infamous Gibson Kitchen Appliances, which she battled with on three different episodes. The refrigerator door (third time the dishwasher) kept swinging back open as she attempted to shut it.
Another memorable Holly blooper was from a 1993 show where she was modeling a Jukebox while dancing with a male mannequin as the mannequin's pants started to fall down and the audience exploded with laughter. She did not notice until announcer Rod Roddy finished reading the prize description and laughed herself with embarrassment. Bob jokingly pointed out that with Holly you could never tell if those kind of things were planned or not.
In late 1983, Hallstrom left the program to pursue an acting career while various guest models (including Kyle Aletter) filled her spot over the next period of months. Holly returned to The Price is Right in the spring of 1984.
But not all was fun and laughing humor, on December 10, 1992, Holly and Kathleen Bradley both suffered severe injuries during a showcase skit which involved a 500 pound Industrial Stove on a rotating platform dolly. The backstage crew began wheeling out another prize in that showcase skit which was a one-and-a-half-ton sailboat which the hull of the boat began pushing the stove forward and the platform dolly was supposed to be hauled off stage but no one came to retrieve it.
The oversized appliance began tipping over onto to Hallstrom and Bradley as they frantically tried pushing it back, keeping it from falling onto them but it was too heavy. Holly managed to jump out of the way but Kathleen was stuck and couldn't move. Soon, a stagehand realized what was happening and came to her rescue. The appliance went crashing as it hit the stage floor, shattering into a million pieces as Kathleen and Holly were struck in several parts of their bodies as they lay backstage in severe pain. The studio audience didn't witness the scary mishap and Bob Barker was not aware of the incident until after the show taping when he was informed by one of the producers as an ambulance then arrived and both ladies were rushed to the hospital. Hallstrom and Bradley suffered severe bruising and few lacerations and were too injured to return to work on the next day of taping.
Janice Pennington was not present during that horrifying ordeal as she took that particular week off, leaving Dian Parkinson as the only regular model in attendance for the next several tapings. With Janice off for that week and Kathleen and Holly recovering from their injuries, substitute model Kyle Aletter stepped in and helped Dian hold down the fort. The following week and a half later, Hallstrom and Bradley (and Pennington) returned to work but were still badly bruised in numerous places on their bodies. The accident justified a lawsuit against CBS for negligence (just as happened to Janice back in 1988) but instead CBS Television City and The Price is Right were extremely apologetic and voluntarily offered Holly and Kathleen small monetary compensations for their pain and suffering which both ladies willingly accepted.
Afterwards in a radio interview, Holly stated that the accident was quite a scare and she and Kathleen were lucky to be alive and also believed that the stage is jinxed.
In September 1995, Bob Barker dismissed Hallstrom from The Price is Right for according to Barker, gaining weight (her last episode aired on October 27, 1995). She later revealed that the real reasoning behind her firing was because she refused to support Barker when ex-model Dian Parkinson, who departed back in June 1993, filed a lawsuit against Barker for sexual harassment. Holly also stated that Bob ordered her to make appearances of various talk shows and do radio interviews to say that Parkinson was lying and as well as being instructed to recall certain events differently than she had remembered them. Holly refused to get involved and did not want to perjure herself and she was fired.
Hallstrom and Barker battled in the courts for ten years and during that time period, Holly spent all of her savings and resources, sold her house and lived out in her car. She would later become victorious in October 2005 when she received a multi-million dollar settlement, which she used to buy several houses in her native San Antonio, TX and also setting up foundations. She also sat for interviews on The Today Show and The View to discuss her victory win.
Hallstrom has never married and has no children.