The Price Is Right has served as a cultural touchstone to multiple generations of Americans since its premiere in 1956. Indeed not only is the current version of the series the longestrunning game show on television via CBS but its unique format is one of the most recognizable displays in modern American culture. Ever since Bob Barker took over as host of the revamped edition in 1972 the series has invited members of a studio audience to guess the prices of various merchandise in attempts to win cash prizes appliances and luxury vacations.
Although Drew Carey now hosts the show very little about The Price is Right has changed in the last five decades. From the lore of the Big Wheel to the hosts petcentric signoff the series doesnt really look all that different than it did when Barker began hosting. Another staple of The Price Is Right is the group of models who show off the bevy of prizes. Formerly known as Barkers Beauties the rotating cast of women has been the lifeblood of The Price Is Right since the 1950s despite behindthecamera challenges that included allegations of discrimination and wrongful termination via The Hollywood Reporter. Over its decadeslong run The Price Is Right has employed dozens of models actresses and beauty queens. Only one Price Is Right model however would go on to star as a series regular in Baywatch.
Gena Lee Nolin got her start as a Price Is Right model A native of Duluth Minnesota Gena Lee Nolin joined The Price Is Right as a model in 1994 via PhoenixMag. Though her tenure on the series was brief in comparison to some of the other Price Is Right models she appeared in over 200 episodes between 1994 and 1995 gleefully modeling jet skis jacuzzis and exercise bikes via IMDb. However by the time the models final episode of the game show aired in December 1995 she had already secured a coveted role in a decidedly different series. For most of the world Baywatch was already a cultural phenomenon by the time Nolin joined in September 1995. For over a decade the famed lifeguard series combined the most popular elements of soap operas thrillers and procedural dramas with the beautiful scenery on the coasts of California and Hawaii. The series also made David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson household names.
Originally played by the actress Heather Campbell Neely Capshaw had a rocky start on Baywatch immediately clashing with Matt David Charvet and C.J. Anderson. When Nolin took over the role at the start of Season 6 Neely still had a badgirl reputation on the series. However over the course of Nolins three seasons on Baywatch her character developed into a goodhearted lifeguard and love interest to Mitch Hasselhoff. In 1998 Nolin departed the series to star in her own show Sheena via IMDb. Of course Nolin is hardly the only notable actress to get her start as a model in a game show. Long before she took on the title of Duchess of Sussex former Suits actress Meghan Markle appeared as a model on Deal or No Deal