By Portia Williams
Formerly of the popular TV gameshow, “The Price is Right,” Katheleen Bradley came to Portsmouth for a book signing at the Portsmouth Public Library on Friday. Bradley’s trip evolved into an experience of down-home southern hospitality.
Kathleen Bradley, model, actor, and author of new book, “Backstage at the The Price is Right, Memoirs of a Barker Beauty,” said she thoroughly enjoyed her time in Portsmouth.
“It has been a wonderful trip down here, and a great way to end my first book tour that I started out with May 21st in Youngstown, Girard, Cleveland, and surrounding areas. Will Robinson, of course is responsible for bringing me here,” Bradley said.“On this trip I did a lot of televising and radio promotions. I am planting the seeds right now for the book, and this has been like a precursor for getting it put on the map.”
She said one of her favorite sights in the city is the Portsmouth Murals.
“I enjoyed the murals. The murals are just absolutely incredible. They are stunning, breath-taking, and really sets you out to another whole world. They are surreal, you can just actually get lost in them,” she said.
She said she also enjoyed visiting with residents of the local community as places such as the homeless shelter, the 14th Street Community Center.
“The people that are in charge at these places, I just commend them. It is such a wonderful effort on their part to want to be dedicated, and to make sure that people have a fair shake in life, and to take the initiative to open places like the shelters, where families can go to, to get a second chance at life,” she said.
The author said she chose to take the route of self-publishing, which can be an arduous task.
“It’s kind of a challenge to do self-publishing. Normally, under these circumstances the book will be published by companies such as Random House, but now they are not really taking on as many people as they have in the past with a lot of the books, especially celebrity memoirs, as I was told. So my husband I decided to just publish it ourselves,” she said.
She said she is confident her book will acquire just as much success through the self-publishing method.
“It is a lot of work and planning, but when you have some good public relations people behind you, you can still pretty much do what the bigger companies set out to do. I have a great sponsor, Peter Nygard. All of the pants that I wear on television shows, are provided by his fashion company, and in turn, he is underwriting the expenses for my book tour,” he said. “It has been very helpful, because things can become very expensive for the flights, and transportation.”
She said her trip overall has gone very well, including all the hospitality that she was shown by many.
“Everything overall has gone extremely well, the hotel accommodations here at the Holiday Inn, all of the food, at the different places. Mr. Robinson made me great dinner, which I enjoyed with the former mayor and his wife. I was shown such kindness and hospitality, I even had a great meal at the home of Barbara Robinson, who is Will’s mother. It has been an amazing visit. I truly appreciate The Portsmouth Public Library, in allowing me to have my book signing here as well,” she said.
She said she is now headed back to Los Angeles, where she will continue with her book tours to promote her book.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.