kathleen bradley

Miss Black America Success Story: Miss Black America California 1971, Kathleen Bradley

Intelligent, beautiful, vivacious and talented are the words most frequently used when describing glamorous Actress/Singer/icon Kathleen Bradley, who made history in the fall of 1990, as the first African American model to join ranks with "Barker's Beauties", on theThe Price Is Right for 10 years.

Kathleen Bradley, first African American Model to join ranks as a Barker's Beauty on The Price Is Right for 10 years (1990-2000)

She portrayed one of the most memorable characters in the hit feature film, “Friday” as Mrs. Parker, the sexy next-door neighbor to (executive producer/writer/actor) Ice Cube and mega-star Chris Tucker.

Recent film credits include; “Bitter Inheritance” and "She’s the One". She can also be seen in "Casino Comedy" starring Eddie Griffin, “Unconditional Love” with Henry Silva and Tracy Ross. Other feature film credits include Eddie Murphy's, “Harlem Nights”, and “Troop Beverly Hills”.

Her most accomplished role to date was the lead role of Vashti, in the compelling movie “Perfume” written and directed by Dr. Roland Jefferson which was nominated by the NAACP Image Awards for Best Original Screen Play in 1987.

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 was soon to reign supreme by winning numerous beauty titles, including  Miss Black America California in 1971.

Kathleen made her singing debut on the French Riviera in St. Tropez with six other female beauties, known as The Love Machine.The group shared the stage with many well-known entertainers, such as; Sammy Davis Jr., Julio Iglesias, Tom Jones, Redd Foxx, and Duke Ellington, just to name a few.

Kathleen traveled around the world performing for Kings and Queens and dignitaries. After a short break, she found herself back on stage as a member of the MCA Butterfly recording artist group Destination. It was the remake of Curtis Mayfield’s Move On Up that put this sensational group at the top of the Billboard charts. While with Destination, Kathleen performed at the world famous Copa Cabana, Merv Griffin Show, and the Johnny Carson, Tonight Show.

Her first love acting soon came back into focus. 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. Ms. Bradley's stage credits include the musical comedy/drama "Charlene" in which she had the lead role. At the Westwood Playhouse she played the sensuous, sophisticated "Lil" in the 1940's style musical/comedy "Color of The Blues."

Her sassy, sexy, humorous, vivacious, kind-hearted ways have won her many friends through her experiences in the entertainment industry. That talent was recognized by Silent Touch Pictures when they featured her as their Talk Show Host on “Zero to Hero”.

Kathleen Bradley as the hottie "Mrs. Parker" looking fine watering her flowers, from the movie "Friday."

Currently co-hosting two new Talk shows, “Once Upon a Lifetime People and Pioneers” a documentary web series. “For Women” is deliberative conversation among four intelligent and concerned women reaching out on an international level to empower women from all walks of life.

Kathleen has proven to be a wonderful humanitarian and an outstanding role model for our nation’s youth, due to her diligent efforts and five years of dedicated service as Producer/Teen Talent Coordinator of Project Peace-16 Multi-Media Human Services, Inc. (a non-profit organization) which provides a spectrum of national programming for TV shows, Commercials, 30/60 second PSA’s and Human Interest Programs focusing on educating youth of all races on the importance of human dignity, education, equal opportunity and social-economic advancement.

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