FORMER "PRICE IS RIGHT MODEL" WAS MARRIED TO A SPY:
Janice Pennington (born July 8, 1942 in Seattle, Washington) is Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for the May 1971 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Mario Casilli. Her sister Ann was Playmate of the Month March 1976. She is also one of the original "Barker's Beauties" models on The Price Is Right.
In 1974, Pennington married famed mountain climber Fritz Stammberger, who went missing in 1975 in a restricted area along the borders of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Soviet Union. She later married writer Carlos de Abreu in 1984 after Fritz was legally declared dead. In 1992, Pennington discovered that Fritz helped organize CIA bases among those borders and died fighting with the Afghans against the USSR.
In June 1988, Pennington was knocked off-stage by a camera during a Price taping and was rendered unconscious. She later sued, and in 1992, she was awarded $1.3 million.
Janice was released from her modeling duties on The Price Is Right in 2000, as the producers wanted to bring younger models onto the show.
In 1994, Pennington and de Abreu authored "Husband, Lover, Spy," an account of Janice's search for her husband. Pennington admitted that after her husband went missing, she would return to her Price Is Right dressing room in tears when a contestant played the Cliff Hangers pricing game. In that game, a mountain climber caricature falls off of a cliff when the contestant loses the game.
In 1997, Pennington and de Abreu founded the Hollywood Film Festival.
In June 2007, Pennington announced that a movie version of "Husband, Lover, Spy," is in the works for a 2009 release.