American former model Holly Hallstrom joined ‘The Price Is Right’ in 1977 after Anitra Ford left the program. Hallstrom was fired by TV show host Bob Barker for allegedly gaining 14 pounds because she was on medication.
Who is Holly Hallstrom?
Holly Anne Hallstrom was born on August 24, 1952. She is an American former model renowned for her appearance on the daytime game show “The Price Is Right.” She held this role from 1977 to 1995, during which time she was prominently featured as one of the “Barker’s Beauties” models on the show.
Holly Hallstrom became a part of “The Price Is Right” team on January 3, 1977, filling the role of the third model after Anitra Ford’s departure from the program the previous fall. Hallstrom, alongside Janice Pennington and Dian Parkinson, played a pivotal role as one of the primary models on all iterations of the show from 1977 through the early 1990s.
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In 1983, Hallstrom briefly departed from the program to pursue an acting career. However, she made a return to the cast in 1984, resuming her role as one of the show’s beloved models.
She was fired from “The Price Is Right” in September 1995 by the show’s presenter, Bob Barker. The official explanation was her alleged 14-pound (6.4-kg) weight increase, which was blamed on a prescription drug she was taking at the time.
Hallstrom later claimed that she was fired not because of her size but rather for refusing to stand by Barker when model Dian Parkinson accused him of sexual harassment. Hallstrom asserted that Barker had given her the go-ahead to participate in interviews and talk-show appearances in order to prove Parkinson’s denial of her accusations. She further claimed that Barker exerted pressure on her to exaggerate her memory of specific lawsuit-related incidents.