In 1965, while living in Falls Church, Virginia, she won the Miss District of Columbia USA title and competed as Diana Batts in the Miss USA 1965 pageant, where she placed fourth runner-up. Parkinson won the 1965 Miss World USA contest. She went on to represent the United States in the international Miss World contest, and was first runner-up to Lesley Langley of the United Kingdom.
From 1975 to 1993, Parkinson was a Barker's Beauty model on the U.S. television show The Price Is Right. Her 18-year tenure on the show was among the longest of any of the models, second only to Janice Pennington, who lasted on the show for 28 and a half years.
Departure from The Price Is Right
Parkinson left the show in 1993, supposedly to "pursue other interests", as host Bob Barker announced during her final appearance. At the time there were rumors, particularly in the tabloids, that she had left the show because of an ongoing feud with Janice Pennington.
Although it was reported that they quarreled (production staff seldom paired them together by the early 1990s)
Parkinson was the cover girl of Playboy in December 1991, and again in May 1993.
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