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From left, Sandy Wicks, Tina Spears, Angela Dorsey, Dorsey’s brother Lamont Nickens, and Dorsey’s sister Rona Bowden pose at the “Price is Right” studio. (Courtesy photo)


Birthday celebration includes ‘Price is Right’ appearance

By From page A7 | January 15, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Angela Dorsey’s 60th birthday celebration began with a party in September and ended with a trip to Las Vegas in October. But it’s what happened in the middle that earned her a TV appearance.

Dorsey, who lives in Fairfield, will be featured Wednesday on “The Price is Right.”

A friend got tickets to the game show. Dorsey and her pals got in line for the taping, wearing black T-shirts made by Dorsey that read, “Drew’s Baltimore Crew,” referring to the fact they hailed from the Maryland city. “Drew” was for show host Drew Carey.

Dorsey isn’t sure when she got picked to participate.

“You stand in line for four or five hours,” she said. “People come through and ask you questions.”

One of the queries was what she did for a living. She makes promotional items, such as T-shirts. Dorsey told them she was in the business of creating memories, saying, “I can tag your name on anything, even on your forehead.”

After she got inside, Dorsey’s name was called. She didn’t hear it. Her friends gave her a gentle nudge. Dorsey was one of the first three contestants.

“I won the bid,” she said. Show rules prohibit her from talking about how she fared until the show airs.

Things happened very fast – so fast that Dorsey said it’s been hard to recall the exact sequence of events. Dorsey is still wondering if she mentioned her two grandsons.

Meeting Carey was unforgettable, she said.

“He is the most wonderful person,” Dorsey said. “He is so kind.”

Dorsey will watch the show Wednesday. She’ll also tape it for a big party Friday night so friends and family who work can watch with her. Friends on the East Coast will join in the fun Friday via Skype.

“Everyone should do it,” Dorsey said of getting a chance to be on the show.

Being on the show was on her friend’s bucket list, not hers. Then again, she said she doesn’t like the term “bucket list,” preferring to call it a life list.

The show was taped Oct. 16, 2013. Dorsey’s mother, who was longtime fan of the show, died Oct. 17, 2012.

“She was there with me,” Dorsey said. “I had an overwhelming sense she was watching over me.”

Dorsey and her husband William Dorsey moved to the area in 1989. They have been married 41 years and have two children, two grandchildren and a third one on the way.

The show airs at 10 a.m. on Channels 5 and 13.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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  • my2centsJanuary 14, 2014 - 6:29 am

    What a fun birthday! Congratulations Dorsey! You did Fairfield proud ; )

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  • Tanisha Champion-BenjaminJanuary 14, 2014 - 10:44 am

    Congratulations and what a fun way to spend your birthday!!!

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  • YzeyJanuary 15, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    I saw you win the showcase...Congrats!!! Trip to Russia & a new car!!!

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