Barker, Bob

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Bob Barker
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Name
Barker, Bob Gender: M
Robert William Barker
born on 12 December 1923 at 04:00 (= 04:00 AM )
Place Darrington, Washington, 48n15, 121w36
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Przybylowski
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 19°27' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 18°43 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 05°27'



Biography

American game show host and TV personality, Barker hosted "The Price is Right" for over three decades; it is the longest-running game show in American TV history. He has won 15 Emmy awards for his work as TV personality and producer as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award in daytime TV.

Barker spent his early years on a native American reservation where his mother was a schoolteacher. His father died when he was 6 in 1930; his mother remarried when he was 12 and the family moved to Missouri. With a basketball scholarship, he attended Drury College in Missouri but joined the Navy, becoming a fighter pilot, before he completed his studies. When the war ended and he was discharged from the Navy, Barker returned to Drury College. He landed a job with a radio station to help pay for school and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's in economics.

After graduation, he became a host of a Palm Beach, FL radio show, soon after moving to Los Angeles to do another show. But no sooner had he arrived than he had his own TV show, The Bob Barker show. On December 21, 1956, Barker took over "Truth or Consequences" where his career took off. He began hosting "The Price is Right" in 1972.

Handsome, likeable, impeccably dressed, always smiling and always tanned, Barker is a gracious host who effortlessly encourages and receives audience participation. Not just a pretty face, he loves to travel, is a Civil War buff, learned Karate, and is an animal-rights activist. In 1987 and in 1988 he refused to continue hosting beauty pageants unless furs were eliminated from the pageantry. Barker has established foundations for spaying dogs and cats and for animal rights activism.

His wife of many years died of lung cancer October 19, 1981. He never remarried. In 1994 he was accused of sexual harassment by Dian Parkinson, a model who appeared on the show for 18 years. She alleged that he required sex from her in order for her to keep her job. He refused to settle, saying that their affair was totally consensual and no one had been hurt. Parkinson withdrew her suit in 1995, saying she had neither the money nor the "emotional endurance" to continue.

On May 13, 2005 he had surgery for two cancerous lesions caused by sun exposure.

After 35 years of emceeing the show, the silver-haired 83-year-old host announced his retirement from “The Price is Right.” He taped his final episode on June 6, 2007. His autobiography, "Priceless Memories," was released in April 2009.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

  • Death of Father 1930 (father died)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1945 (to Dorothy Jo)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 21 December 1956 (host of "Truth or Consequences")
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 4 September 1972 ("The Price is Right" TV game show debut broadcast)
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  • Financial : Worst Period 1994 (lawsuit for $8 million brought against him)
  • Misc. : Released from waiting 1995 (claims of sexual harassment were dropped)
  • Health : Medical procedure 13 May 2005 (removal of cancerous lesions on his ear and back)
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  • Work : Retired 6 June 2007 (Taped final episode of "The Price is Right")
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 6 April 2009 (Autobiography)
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Source Notes

Stephen Przybylowski quotes birth certificate in special file #18; the original birth certificate was completed and signed in December 1923 but not registered until nearly 20 years later!

Categories

  • Traits : Body : Appearance gorgeous
  • Traits : Personality : Loved by all
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Skin
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Treatment/Therapy
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage - Very happy
  • Lifestyle : Work : Same Job more than 10 yrs (Hosted "The Price is Right" for 35 years)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Radio/ D.J./ Announcer
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer
  • Vocation : Military : Military service
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social (Animal rights)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Notable : Awards : Emmy (mulitiple emmys)

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