|Date of Birth
||30 November 1944,
|Place of Birth
||Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA
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. 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 game show The Price Is Right, frequently appearing in the "Price Is Right Department Store" Showcase as the elevator operator, as well as becoming the favored model for operating the Bump game (particularly amongst male fans). Her tenure on the show (18 years) was among the longest of any of the models. Holly Hallstrom also was a model for 18 years (from 1977 to 1995). Janice Pennington, however, holds the record at 28 years (1972 to 2000).