Who is Bob Barker’s Wife, Dorothy Jo Gideon?

Dorothy Jo Gideon

Dorothy is an American celebrity who is very popular for being the wife of Bob Barker. Bob was a retired TV game show host that famously hosted the show called The Price is Right.

Who is Dorothy Jo Gideon?

Date of Birth 1924
Profession Actress
Husband Bob Barker

Dorothy was born in 1924. Her place of birth is Springfield Missouri. Right now, She has already passed away. She actually passed away on October 19, 1981, because of Lung Cancer. She died in LA, California.

Dorothy was born to parents Jack and Dorothy Evans Gideon. She was totally American and of White ethnicity. Aside from this, we don’t know much about her life though. She has dark brown hair though and her eye color was hazel.

At the age of 15, Dorothy met Bob. They were in high school back then. They dated for a while and were ultimately married for like 36 years which is pretty huge.

Dorothy died of lung cancer at the age of 67. The date was October 19 in the year 1981. She died in LA after battling cancer for 6 months. After her death, her husband Barker did not remarry.


Much like her husband, Dorothy is also a worker in the Entertainment industry. While her husband starred in game shows, Dorothy was more in the commercials and in the singing space. She also made appearances in TV series such as It’s your bet and Tattletales.

Bob used to be an animal rights activist but that change in him was because of Dorothy. She had been fighting for the animal rights movement for a long time.

According to bob, Dorothy was way ahead of her time. He says that Dorothy stopped wearing fur coats in 2007. Apparently, she also became a vegetarian and gradually he turned into a vegetarian as well.

Although the two were married for more than three decades, Dorothy did not become a mother.  It is not yet clear as to why though.

As you would imagine, Bob is still not over his wife’s death. While it has already been 4 decades since Dorothy passed away, her husband has still not forgotten her. Bob was spotted visiting her headstone in Los Angeles a while back.

Rumors say that he left some flowers in the park. Dorothy is a really big part of bob’s life.

Cause of Dorothy Jo Gideon’s Death

Dorothy Jo Gideon died due to lung cancer and when she died she was in her late 60s. Her death happened in Los Angeles, California. She died in the October of 1981 after struggling for more than six months from cancer. At the time of her death, she was in a very miserable condition.

Dorothy was buried in Forest Lawn, Los Angeles, California. Dorothy and Bob don’t share any child but they stayed loyal together for 36 years until her death.

Dorothy Husband Relationship after her death

After the death of Dorothy, her husband started dating another model named Dian Parkinson and it was heard that this couple were in a relationship from 1989 to 1991.

Their relationship was going well until Dian filed a case against Bob for his bad behavior. Anyway, this claim was later dropped by her. After this incident, Bob never married any woman in his life and it has been found that he also never shared any relationship life with any woman.

When Dian filed a case, she demanded for more than $8 million. She even said that she would file a case and go the legal route if the payment was not made. In 1993, Jonathan even revealed that Dian left the show due to her behavior with other models. In addition, it was also the fact that Dian was suffering from a bleeding ulcer at the time.

Dian told the media that this bleeding ulcer was caused by Bob’s sexual demands, she also said that she was being paid $1,000 weekly for this but Jonathan told to media that this money was a part of her severance pay.

What’s Dorothy Jo Gideon’s net worth?

Dorothy became famous for being a celebrity wife. So, it is pretty difficult to say how much she is actually worth without knowing about her professional life. But we know that her husband Bob has an estimated net worth of around $70 million which is pretty huge.

In fact, his yearly income just keeps on going up. For instance, In 2020 alone, Bob made $10 million. It’s safe to say that Bob Barker makes a lot of money and lives a lavish life.

But Bob has also donated a lot of his earning. Since his wife was an Animal rights activist, Bob donates to the activist group called Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. In addition, he has also donated around 3 million to PETA and helped them build their headquarters.

The PETA headquarter is actually called the Bob Barker Building. In the year 2014, Bob spent around $700,000 to move 3 elephants from a zoo to a wildlife reserve. So, you can see that Bob has continued Dorothy’s love for animals by being a charitable person.

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