|Chuck Barris Productions|
From Hollywood, it's the make-believe search, for the most beautiful in the world. It's the $1.98 Beauty Show. And now here's the host and star of the show, MR. BEAUTY HIMSELF, RIP TAYLOR!
The $1.98 Beauty Show was a Chuck Barris creation that spoofed beauty contest with six women (from eighteen to eighty years old) competing in a mock beauty contests.
This show was a completely make-believe beauty contest. Six women were vying for the title of $1.98 beauty of the week. There were three segments: introductions, talent, and swimsuit.
Each girl (introduced by Rip) came out one by one, to be judged by a panel of three celebrity judges.
The six girls each performed in a variety of ways in the talent round.
Finally, all six, one at a time, came out in gorgeous swimsuits. After each one came out, they stood at the right side of the set with the show's title on it.
And the Winner is...Edit
At the end of each show, host Rip was given a piece of paper (delivered by Chuck Barris staffer Larry Spencer) to announce the week's winner. The winning lady won $1.98 (personally given by Rip via the coin-belt), a lousy crown and a bouquet of rotten vegetables. The winning woman was treated to a song sung by Rip, which was a parody of "Here she is, Miss America".
Today's celebrities Sandra Bernhard, Teresa Ganzel & Rhonda Shear all appeared as contestants on the $1.98 Beauty Show. One of them (Sandra Bernhard) appeared under a different name, and two of them (Sandra & Rhonda) won.
Winner's Serenade LyricsEdit
Sung by Rip Taylor
You win the prize!
You take the cake!
You get the crown, and a dollar ninety-eight!
You ring the bell!
You hit the spot!
In other words, we like what you've got!
We like your style!
You have such grace!
We like your smile, and just look at that face!
Your dream came true, and may your shining star!
Stay with you, whatever you do!
Wherever you are!
Dream Girl of '67 - a short-lived, Chuck Barris created game show that's similar in the veins of The $1.98 Beauty Show that aired on ABC daytime from 1966 until 1967.