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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 11 June 1945Sacramento, California, USA
Birth NameAdrienne Jo Barbeau
Height 5' 3½" (1.61 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Adrienne Jo Barbeau is an American actress and author best known for her roles in horror films, especially those directed by John Carpenter, who she was once married to. She was born on June 11, 1945 in Sacramento, California, the daughter of an executive for Mobil Oil. Early on in her career, she starred in Someone's Watching Me! (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981) and The Thing (1982), all John Carpenter-related projects. She has collaborated with George A. Romero on occasion, such as the Stephen King-scripted Creepshow (1982) and Two Evil Eyes (1990). Her work with other horror directors includes the Wes Craven comic book monster movie Swamp Thing (1982). During the 1990s, she became best known for providing the voice of Catwoman on Batman: The Animated Series (1992).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Matt Lee-Williams

Spouse (2)

Billy Van Zandt (31 December 1992 - present) (2 children)
John Carpenter (1 January 1979 - 14 September 1984) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (5)

The voice of Catwoman on Batman: The Animated Series
Natural brunette hair
Large brown eyes
Deep sultry voice
Voluptuous figure

Trivia (22)

Attended Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California.
Made her Broadway debut in Fiddler on the Roof (1971) in 1968, where she met another young, up-and-coming actress named Bette Midler. "I guess I adopted some of her enthusiasm and hopefully her street smarts," said Barbeau.
At age 51, she gave birth to identical twin boys, Walker Steven and William Dalton Van Zandt, on March 17, 1997. Their father is her husband, Billy Van Zandt.
Has one son, Cody Carpenter, with John Carpenter.
Is of French and Armenian ancestry.
Worked as a New York City go-go dancer in a Mafia-run nightclub from 1964-1967 while breaking in on Broadway. She quit after the owner decided to turn the place into a bikini bar.
In 1978, a poster of Adrienne Barbeau wearing a tight purple corset was a bestseller. The poster's image later served as a cover photo for her autobiography.
Nominated for a 1972 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for her portrayal of bad-girl Rizzo in the original Broadway production of "Grease".
Her roles in The Fog (1980) and Escape from New York (1981) were written specifically with her in mind.
Was portrayed by Bridget Jones in an episode of the cult television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988).
Won the prestigious Theater Guild Award for her portrayal of Rizzo in the original Broadway production of "Grease".
Her mother was of Armenian ancestry and her father's ancestry included French-Canadian, German and Irish.
Her nude scene in Swamp Thing (1982) was intended only for European release but eventually made its way onto an American DVD of the movie -- until a Texas housewife complained of her sons' inadvertently viewing nudity in a PG-rated movie, at which point the DVD was recalled.
Sister-in-law of musician and actor Steven Van Zandt.
Returned to the New York stage for first time in 34 years to portray Judy Garland in "The Property Known as Garland" written by her husband, playwright Billy Van Zandt.
The winner of The Cannonball Run (1981), she also won the heart of her co-star, Burt Reynolds, who was then at the height of his popularity.
Her role in the remake Halloween (2007), was ultimately cut from the final finished film.
Her memoir, "There Are Worse Things I Can Do", went to #11 on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller list.
In The Fog (1980), the two leads, Adrienne Barbeau and Jamie Lee Curtis, do not appear in any scenes together.
Has appeared with Tom Atkins in four films: The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), Creepshow (1982) and Two Evil Eyes (1990).
Due to her busy scheduling, she missed most of the episodes of Maude (1972), during the last two seasons.
Her acting mentor was the late Bea Arthur.

Personal Quotes (11)

Who knew at the time? It's the same as my horror films. It's wonderful at this point in my career to realize there are pieces of work that have sustained themselves all this time. I'll run into people who say, "We watch Swamp Thing (1982) once a month!".
[on her role in The Cannonball Run (1981)]: "All the talent I needed was in my breastbone."
[on the remake of The Fog (2005)]: "I have not seen it and I have no desire to see it, either."
I'm realizing that a soap offers so many opportunities for a woman my age. At this stage in my career, the roles that are available tend to be the judge or the doctor or somebody's mother - that's what happens when you're the guest star of the week. But GH reminds me in a way of Carnivale, where we never knew what was coming next and it was always exciting and fascinating. There's a lot of meat on this soap!
[on her longtime friendship's, Bea Arthur's private life]: She wasn't interested in the notoriety. She wasn't interested in celebrity. She was interested in making people laugh and doing good work.
[About her role on Maude (1972)]: "If the producers needed information in a scene, my character was the one to do it. What I didn't know is that when I said those things, I was usually walking down a flight of stairs and no one was even listening to me. They were just watching my breasts precede me."
[If her own fans from Maude (1972) were everywhere]: I think General Hospital (1963) is probably reaching new people for me, plus people who grew up watching Maude. I have so many people come up to me when I'm at an autograph signing; I have a picture of Bea and Rue McClanahan from Maude. People say, "Oh, I didn't know you were on The Golden Girls (1985).".
[When she started out as a talented actress years before General Hospital (1963)]: I just had my first sighting. I was in a department store, and a woman came up to me and said, 'Excuse me, can you tell me where General Hospital films?'
[on the death of Bea Arthur in 2009]: I loved her dearly, and I think she loved me.
[on her on- and off-screen chemistry with Bea Arthur, who played Maude Findlay]: She was fantastic. She is fantastic... It was a great experience, all six years. Wonderful people to work with and something to be so incredibly proud of, which I took for granted at the time because I came from stage, so I didn't know television at all. I didn't even know what was on. I didn't know Norman Lear's reputation or anything like that. It took me awhile to realize that I had fallen into such a fantastic work situation. And most of that was because of Bea - because she's such a professional, such a great woman to work with. We had a great time.
[About Bea Arthur]: I don't think Bea understood just how loud her voice could be. During intermission, we met in the center aisle, right down by the stage. And she said, "Adrienne, this is the worst piece of shit I've ever seen! I'd leave, but they're all my friends!!".

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