Bob Barker had a career which made him a TV icon and a wife who meant the world to him even after her death. While his wife was no more, he had no desire to remarry.
Bob Barker was an American prominent television game show host well-known for his work on CBS’s “The Price Is Right.” Although he eventually retired, Barker’s commentating talent still has a great impact on show business.
However, aside from being an acclaimed TV personality, Barker also had a love life he was most proud of and was quite vocal about throughout his years. He was married to Dorothy Jo Gideon for decades.
Born Robert William Barker, the American TV personality had a career that dated as far back as the 1950s. As a young boy, he lived with his mom Matilda in South Dakota until she remarried and they relocated to Missouri.
Barker graduated from high school in the early ’40s and went to Springfield’s Drury College on a basketball scholarship. He later left school to train as a fighter pilot in the United States Naval Reserve but World War II ended before he was assigned for active duty.
He eventually returned to Drury College and graduated with a degree in economics in 1947. Barker started a career as a host on a radio station in Florida. He then relocated to California to pursue his interest in broadcasting.
He worked on “The Price Is Right from” from 1972 to 2007, making it the longest-running daytime game show in North American television history. Apart from the hit CBS show, Barker also hosted “Truth or Consequences” from 1956 to 1975.
Barker was well appreciated for his unique talent, and he received various accolades in different categories. His awards include a 15 Emmy Awards, and five Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Show Host.
The renowned host also made remarkable appearances in top programs like the “Pillsbury Bake-Off,” he emceed the “Tournament of Roses Parade” from 1969 to 1988, and “That’s My Line” in 1980.
In 2006 Barker’s decision to leave “The Price Is Right” after nearly 35 years on the show brought fans to tears. Once speaking on his retirement decision, he revealed he wasn’t ready to say goodbye but, he also said:
“I think it’s a good time to say goodbye because I want to leave them wanting more.”
The TV host led a remarkable career that spanned 50 years. According to a statement he once made, one of the most enduring memories he had of the program was when he called a female participant down, and she was so excited, her shirt popped off.
Barker once appeared on the show in a short that showed off his perfectly tanned legs. As he paraded in his dressing room wearing red-and-green boxer shorts, he pointed to the rottweilers imprinted on his boxers and talked about his “sympathy for the underdog.”
Barker’s love also extended to other animals like polar bears, otters, and lions. And as an animal-rights activist, he ended every “Price Is Right” episode by urging viewers to have their cats and dogs neutered.
It is no secret that the iconic TV host is an animal lover, and his desire to see them well cared for can never be overemphasized. Barker’s commitment to animals was also inspired by his long-term spouse Gideon.
When Barker was not handing gifts to contestants on the hit CBS’s 1972 game show, he was usually away with his high school sweetheart Gideon. Barker first met Gideon at an Ella Fitzgerald concert in the 1930s.
Although the TV personality was just 15 years old when they met, it didn’t take him long to recognize the love of his life. The couple dated for years, and they eventually tied the knot before his time as a TV host.
They made incredible memories together for the entirety of their 36 years of marriage. Barker and his wife were no novices to the entertainment industry. The couple had been in love since forever, and the TV star was left devastated when she passed away.
Gideon died October 19, 1981, at 57, following a six months battle with lung cancer. After Barker’s tragic loss, a source revealed that he never got over the thought of losing someone dear to his heart even after forcing himself to move on. Barker also made it known he never had “any inclination to remarry.”
Speaking of his deceased wife during an interview, Barker, who married Gideon when he was 21, and she was 20, said she was with him till her last breath. He also confirmed she was the love of his life and a second marriage wasn’t an option.
The couple never had children, and Barker said they just had no time for kids. After losing his wife and retiring from “The Price Is Right,” Barker also faced some health issues of his own, including two strokes.
After the game show legend retired, he focused his attention on helping more animals. He once helped persuade the Alaska zoo in Anchorage to release an elephant. Maggie, the elephant, had reportedly been in an inclement climate for years.
Barker also had a foundation called the DJ&T Foundation, which was named after his wife and his mother, Matilda. The foundation has helped subsidize spay/neuter all over the U.S. through local organizations.