My 90 year old Grandma Went on the Price is Right

April 16th, 2012

For my grandmother Lela’s ninetieth birthday, all four of her kids including my dad, took her to Los Angeles to see The Price is Right.

Together with all the other people who had tickets to see the show the same day, they stood in line for six hours.  Everyone chatted and got to know each other during those six hours so that by the end of the ordeal, everyone in line to see the taping of the show that day knew it was my grandmother’s ninetieth birthday.

So when she got called up….

Say it with me everyone!


Everyone in the audience was very happy for my grandmother.

She got multiple high fives from audience members all around her.

Everyone in her family was very excited too.

There was much cheering and clapping and this went on for quite some time because it takes a while for a ninety year old to get down to contestant’s row.

Here’s my ninety year old grandmother on contestant’s row.

Did I seriously just type that?

Grandma had to make a bid on the price of a year long subscription to Sirius Radio.

Here are all the bids.

Guess who was the closest!

That’s right!!!!


Once again, my grandma had to take a journey.

She had to get from contestant’s row up onto that stage!

It took her a while….

They broke for a commercial…

But my grandma made it!

And she fell into Drew Carey’s arms!

The entire audience… and I am not even kidding you… was shouting my grandmother’s name.


She turned around and waved them along.

And then they announced the prize that my grandmother would be playing for…


Just what every ninety year old woman wishes for!

A row of prices was set up and Lela had to decide as each price was uncovered if it was the closest to the cost of the truck without going over.

My grandma looked out to her family for support.

They told her to keep going.

Keep going!

Keep going!

My grandmother kept going.

She kept going!

She kept GOING!

But she didn’t go far enough!

Grandma did not win that truck.

But that is okay.

Because my grandma was still going to get a chance to spin the wheel and be a contestant on the SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN!

Never in my life did I think that I would be writing the words “my grandma” and “SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN” in the same sentence.

And just as a personal aside, I think SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN is one of the finer phrases in the English language and should be used far more than it currently is.

And here’s my grandma getting ready to spin that wheel!

Well… she spun that wheel with a little help from Drew Carey!

She got 55 cents on her first spin.

The goal is to get as close to a dollar as you can without going over and to also beat out the other two players who are also spinning the wheel.

Am I seriously explaining The Price is Right?

My Grandma opted to spin again.

She got 50 cents the second time around.  She went over by five cents.  She did not get a chance at the Showcase Showdown!


I even think Drew Carey was disappointed!

Oh well!

At least she got to be a contestant!

At ninety years old!

How awesome is that?


  • Kelley:

    Oh! This is just the sweetest thing I have read! How cute is your grandma?! This just made my day! Go, Grandma Lela! That is all kinds of awesome!

    As a side note, Drew Carrey looks like Orville Reddenbacher these days.

  • Kait:

    Now that is totally awesome!

  • Dorothy:

    My grandmother’s name was Lela. I know. That has nothing to do with birthdays, The Price is Right or Showcase Showdown. Just saying……

  • Inga:

    OMG, that is too cool!!! 90 and still having a good time. How awesome that her kids did that for her and that she was chosen to participate! Looked like she had a great time!

  • Spinny:

    This is my favorite thing today. So awesome!!

  • Kay in KCMO:

    Wow! That’s insanely cool! And how cool is it that her kids were wearing shirts with her name on it and everyone was chanting her name?! She’s famous! :)

  • JodiB:

    This was so completely precious. Way to go, Grandma Lela!

  • AlysonRR:

    I remember watching PIR whenever I was home sick (what else was there to watch – soap operas???) and this post brought back so many memories. Funny that Drew Carey is now the host.

    Hurray for your grandma – that must have been a real thrill for her and for your family :-) Thanks for the play-by-play!

  • NCme:

    Love it! A least she got that Sirius Radio subscription, right? :-))

  • Luanne:

    That is the best story I’ve ready all year! I’m so happy for your Grandma!

  • JenW:

    Oh, wow! That is so exciting! Drew Carey is a seriously nice guy–I’m so glad she got to meet him, and take part. And that the audience was so great. What a wonderful thing to read about today.

  • Shelley:

    This is the sweetest thing I’ve seen in awhile! Congrats, Lela!

  • Aww. I smiled all the way through reading this post.

  • Kathy from NJ:

    I love love love this story. My Mom was also “est 1922.” Reading this story made me very teary, her 90th would have been yesterday, April 16th.

  • Rechelle, this is just so awesome! Best story I’ve read in a long time. Lela, Lela, Lela!

  • Carol:

    Absolutely awesome! You and the kids must have had fun watching that episode.

  • poppy:

    Bam! Pow! That is spectacular! Thanks for this enormous smile!

  • I hardly ever comment, but this is the awesome-est story ever!

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  • AmeliaJake:

    You are lucky. And she is lucky to have you for a granddaughter. I think “spunk” must be hereditary.

  • Aunt Dandy:

    Rechelle, I am so glad that you blogged about Grandma. If anyone would like to see a 3 minute clip they can find it here. I wish you would have been with us. It was so very special !

    • Kathy from NJ:

      Thankjs for the link – I just watched it and it way great.

  • Sue D:

    Hands down, my favorite post.

  • Grandma Lela:

    Thank you Rechelle, that is so sweet of you to put me on your blog.I did have a wonderful time. Just wish you coulc have been there with us..Love Grandma

  • One of the best parts of my summer vacations as a kid was The Price is Right every day at ten a.m. It was the one thing me and my three sisters agreed on. (the ONLY thing).

    I’m sad she didn’t win!!!

    But that would be an awesome birthday either way, no matter what age I was.

    • Rechelle:

      That’s pretty funny. At least you will always have the Price is Right.

  • This is just too cute!!! Loved the play by play even.

  • Patricia:

    Wow ! What a lady !! You are so fortunate, lucky, whatever the word, to have your wonderful, spunky, happy grandma in your life !! I am so envious of you – I lost my grandmother when I was 20 years old, and my Mother a few years back too. You are so lucky !

  • That is pretty awesome! Go grandma!

  • I loved this post. My mother is 88 years old and flew to England to visit her daughter, after battling cancer. Mom comes home tomorrow night; but what I want to say is I love the spunk in these older women. Thanks for sharing.

  • I love that story! She’s adorable!

    She couldn’t have actually stood on line for six hours, did she?

  • Wouldn’t it be lovely if being on The Price is Right would make everyone as happy as it did Grandma Lela?
    World peace anyone?

  • that is the coolest thing I ever read! I wish she would have won the spin on the wheel to be in the showcase showdown (maybe next year?????).

    Tell her we are very impressed!!!! and jealous that she got to hug Drew Carey!