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The Iconic Soap Opera That Featured An Unexpected Number Of Price Is Right Models Over The Years

There are two bedrock daytime television staples that go hand-in-hand together like saltines and chicken soup: soap operas and "The Price is Right." Folks who are home during the weekdays love to combine a little bit of betrayal, romance, and disaster in the afternoon with big prizes and even bigger guesses. At this point, it's been a winning morning-into-the-afternoon combination for CBS for more than half a century (via Deadline).

Bob Barker Studio, where the show films, is located at CBS Television City in Los Angeles (via Destination Guide). Because of that, it's not overly surprising to learn that "The Price is Right" has a very close connection to a number of soap operas that share space on the same lot. In fact, the show's spokesmodels often appear on other programs in guest-starring capacities, for CBS and beyond. While the models have appeared in both primetime and daytime programs outside of the "Price is Right," one soap opera, in particular, has had a surprisingly large number of models appear on their program.

The Bold and the Beautiful and The Price is Right share numerous cast members

According to IMDb, among the nearly 100 men and women who have regularly modeled on "The Price is Right," 14 have also appeared on "The Bold and The Beautiful" in a supporting or guest role. Interestingly, the official Price is Right website reports that only two of the show's current models haven't appeared on the other program. 

Performers Alexis Gaube, Rachel Reynolds, Manuela Arbeláez, and Amber Lancaster have all acted on the soap, as did current host Drew Carey in 2009 (via Soap Opera Network). The most frequently-appearing model to guest star is Gaube, who has appeared on the soap five times as two different Forester Creations models, Petra and Andie (via IMDb). Former host Bob Barker also appeared as himself on the CBS daytime drama in 2002 and 2014, per Entertainment Weekly

Additionally, many models from "The Price is Right" have gone on to act in other soap operas, such as "Days of Our Lives" and "The Young and the Restless." Two of these actors have even become legendary soap vets. Robert Scott Wilson, the game show's first ever male model (via Soap Opera Network) appeared on "The Price is Right" from 2012 to 2014 and joined "Days of Our Lives" in 2014. In the years since he joined the cast, he has appeared in more than 500 episodes.

Perhaps most notably, Melissa Ordway is probably best known as Abby Newman on "The Young and the Restless," but she continues to sporadically model on the game show as well. Since 2013, Ordway has appeared in more than 900 episodes of the soap opera (via IMDb). Additionally, Courtney Hope, who has played the same character on "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "The Young and the Restless," has also guest-modeled in a handful of episodes of "The Price is Right," per SoapsInDepth.

The two shows even had a crossover

The connections between "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "The Price is Right" don't stop there. Actors from "The Bold and the Beautiful" have guest modeled on the game show numerous times, most recently in 2019 (via Soaps in Depth). From October to December of that year, soap stars like Denise Richards, Kiara Barnes, and Matthew Atkinson all appeared to model objects during the week-long event. 

"The Bold and the Beautiful" has also crafted storylines in which their characters have appeared on "The Price Is Right." In one memorable 2009 story arc, sisters Pam Douglas (Alley Mills) and Donna Logan (Jennifer Gareis) appeared in character on "The Price is Right" in a supposed attempt to gain more eyeballs on the soap's central Forester Creations fashion house (via Soap Opera Network). Eventually, only Donna is picked to play the game and ends up winning big at the Price is Right Showcase, in spite of the fact that the games she's selected to play are right up Pam's alley.

Since "The Bold and the Beautiful" centers itself around the world of fashion and modeling, it's perhaps not surprising that they need a pretty large supply of pretty faces for catwalks and other events, so expect this connection to keep on growing for as long as both shows are on the air.