The Price Is Right Model
Janice Pennington is perhaps most famous as one of the original
“Barker's Beauties” models on “The Price Is
Right.” With stint from 1972 to 2000, she becomes the show's
longest running model to date. Pennington, whose measurements are
36-23-36, was also Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for its May
1971 issue. She co-founded the Hollywood Film Festival, with her
husband Carlos de Abreu.
Childhood and Family:
Janice Pennington was born Janice Marie Pennington on July 8, 1942, in
Seattle, Washington. She is the older sister of fellow model and
actress Ann Pennington (born June 3, 1950), who married Shaun Cassidy,
the son of Oscar winner Shirley Jones and Tony Award winner Jack
Cassidy, between 1972 and 1992.
Janice has been married three times. Her first marriage to Glenn
Jacobson lasted for 10 years from 1964 to 1974. On May 12, 1974, she
married German mountain climber Friedrich “Fritz”
Stammberger, but her second husband disappeared in 1975 while mountain
climbing in Afghanistan. He was declared legally dead in 1984. On May
20, 1984, she married present husband Carlos de Abreu, a writer.
Playmate of the Month
Janice Pennington made her first television appearance in 1970 when she
played a wife in an episode of the hit series “Ironside”
called “Noel's Gonna Fly.” The same year, she also debuted
on the big screen as Nurse Cynthia in the comedy film “I Love My
Wife,” starring Elliott Gould, Brenda Vaccaro and Angel Tompkins.
In the following year, Pennington caught the attention of public when
the 5' 8½” tall model became Playboy magazine's
Playmate of the Month for the May issue, following Chris Cranston.
Pennington gained further fame in 1972 when she was recruited as one of
“Barker's Beauties” models on the game show “The
Price Is Right,” which premiered on CBS on September 4, 1972. She
would remain on the show until 2000 when she was dismissed after she
and fellow model Kathleen Bradley allegedly gave testimony on Holly
Hallstrom's behalf in the wrongful-termination legal proceeding
Hallstrom pursued against host Bob Barker and the show. Pennington also
appeared in “The Price Is Right Special” in 1986 and in
“The Price Is Right 25th Anniversary Special” in 1996.
In 1974, Pennington made a guest appearance in the baseball series
“Lucas Tanner,” starring David Hartman as the title
character. In the next year, she served as panelist on the game show
“Match Game PM,” hosted by Gene Rayburn.
Pennington also appeared in “Family Feud” in 1993 and in an
episode of “Martial Law” in 1998, as “Price Is
Pennington co-wrote (with husband Carlos de Abreu) the book
“Husband, Lover, Spy: A True Story.” It was published in
1994 through Custos Morum Publishers. The couple also started an
annually film festival in Los Angeles called Hollywood Film
Festival in 1997. The festival was created to make a link between
established Hollywood studios, independent filmmakers and the global
creative community, as well as to award excellence in the art of