Kathleen Bradley (born Kathleen JoAnn Bradley on January 10, 1951 in Girard, Ohio) is an African-American Model, Actress, and Author. She is best known for being one of Barker's Beauties on The Price is Right from December 24, 1990 to December 15, 2000.
Even though a woman named Harriet holds the distinction of being the very first African-American model on the show as she occasionally appeared in early episodes of the syndicated nighttime version of The Price is Right (hosted by Dennis James) and a woman named Pat was the first African-American to appear as a guest model on the daytime version (during Holly Hallstrom's absence) in the 1983-1984 season, Kathleen was the first PERMANENT African-American model on the Daytime version.
Born and raised in Girard, Ohio to parents Albert and Winnie Bradley, Kathleen Bradley knew at an early age that she wanted a career in the entertainment field and she worked very hard to turn her dreams at stardom into reality. After she graduated from High School, Kathleen packed her bags and made the move to Los Angeles, California. Soon she began hitting the Beauty Pageant scene and winning numerous titles including 1971's "Miss Black California".
Bradley also had an incredible talent for singing. In 1979, she was part of the short-lived disco group Destination, which had a hit single with a remake of Curtis Mayfield's Move on Up. From there, she formed a singing group along six other aspiring singers as they called themselves "The Love Machine". The ladies shared stages with numerous well-known entertainers such as Sammy Davis Jr., Duke Ellington, Tom Jones, and Julio Igelsias. Kathleen and The Love Machine soon began traveling the globe as they performed for Kings, Queens and diginatries.
Aside from the singing gigs and beauty pageants, Kathleen also had a talent of acting, which was her first love. She has landed guest starring roles on numerous TV shows which include Good Times, Amen, A Different World, General Hospital, and The Redd Foxx Show. Kathleen also appeared in stage plays, she played the lead role in the musical comedy/drama Charlene and then appearing in the 1940s style musical/comedy Color of the Blues.
In 1987, Kathleen starred in a movie titled Perfume where she played the lead character, Vashti. The movie was written and directed by Dr. Roland Jefferson and was nominated for Best Original Screenplay by the NAACP Image Awards. Some of Kathleen's other movie credits include Harlem Nights and Troop Beverly Hills but her best known movie role is playing Mrs. Parker, the sexy, seductive neighbor in the 1995 comedy Friday, starring Ice Cube.
In 2000, Kathleen and Janice Pennington were unjustifiably let go from the show (along with several of the show's staffers). The speculation was their refusal to testify against ex-model Holly Hallstrom in her wrongful termination lawsuit against Bob Barker and both were fired as a result. Bradley and Pennington were not given a proper formal sendoff by the show which left a lot of fans angry and hurt. Kathleen and Janice later sued for wrongful termination but settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
Kathleen has married twice. She was previously married to Bill Overton and together they have a daughter, Cheyenne. Today, she's married to her current husband Terrance Redd and they have a son together named Terrance Jr.
Bradley recently released her memoir Backstage at The Price is Right: Memoirs of a Barker Beauty.