Mrs. Parker From ‘Friday’: 20 Years Later & Still Turning Heads
“Hey, Ms. Parker!” is a line that many of millions who watched the movie Friday with Ice Cube and Chris Tucker loved and could recite over and over again.
Mrs. Parker, played by Hollywood veteran Kathleen Bradley, was the sultry siren neighbor to Ice Cube who was older, more mature but still had whose body could rival any woman 20 years younger.
So where is she now, 20 years later? Well, surprisingly she looks just as beautiful! And what’s her secret? Living life stress free.
Kathleen started her entertainment career early at the age of 8, in her home town of Girard, Ohio, just two miles east of Youngstown. Shortly after graduating, Kathleen moved to Los Angeles where she began winning numerous beauty titles, including Miss Black California.
She guest starred and co-starred on such shows as; Good Times, General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, Redd Foxx Show, Divorce Court, Amen, and A Different World.
Bradley was also a “Barker’s Beauty” on the daytime game show The Price Is Right from 1990 to 2000 under host at the time, Bob Barker. Bradley was the first permanent African-American model on the show.
According to Kathleen, Bob Barker fired her after she and some of the other ‘Barker Beauties’ had to testify in a lawsuit filed by their fellow “Beauty,” Holly Hollstrom, after Hollstrom was also fired by Bob. TheReelNetwork reported that Hollstrom was allegedly let go after ‘she refused to go along with his plot to tarnish the reputation of yet another model on the show [Diane Parkinson] who sued Barker for sexual harassment.’ It was assumed that Barker didn’t like the testimony that Kathleen and the other ladies gave. “It surprised us when we were let go. It was unjustified. I could have sued, but I didn’t want to,” Kathleen said.
The Bob Barker story and many others are included in Kathleen’s memoir/tell-all book titled, “Backstage at The Price is Right: Memoirs of a Barker Beauty.” In the book, she explains, in further detail, how she and the other women on The Price Is Right had severe issues with bulimia, sexual harassment, how they were always in fear of losing their jobs and it also has inside stories about her interactions with other male celebrities during that time and tensions on the set.
Kathleen’s past battle with bulimia wasn’t good for her or people around her. Bulimia is an eating disorder which is characterized by consuming a large amount of food in a short amount of time, followed by an attempt to rid oneself of the calories consumed, usually by vomiting, laxative, diuretics or excessive exercise. Eating disorders are known to be…