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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 27 May 1958Davenport, Iowa, USA
Birth NameLinnea Barbara Quigley
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Barbara Linnea Quigley was born in Davenport, Iowa, on May 27, 1958 to Heath and Dorothy Quigley. Her Mother was a housewife and her Father a noted Chiropractor and psychologist. After moving with her family to Los Angeles in the late 1970s, the short, petite Linnea began working at a Jack Lalanne Spa. There she was encouraged to try modeling and acting. She soon began getting small parts in commercials and B-movies, such as "Stone Cold Dead" (1979) and "Wheeler" (1975). Her breakout role was in "The Return of the Living Dead" (1985), which has gone on to become a cult classic, and established her firmly as "Queen of the Bs". Her reign was supreme in the late 1980s with such films as "Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama" (1988), "Night of the Demons (1988), and "Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers" (1988) In 2001 Linnea moved to Florida to be closer to her ailing parents who had settled there after her father retired. As of this writing she resides in south Florida with her beloved dogs. She is a devoted animal rights advocate, and also leads a strict Vegan lifestyle. Linnea continues to appear in, and produce films. She also appears at Horror Conventions around the globe, where she is a fan favorite. She has written two books about her life in the B-movie industry, "Bio & Chainsaw," in 1992 and "I'm Screaming as Fast as I Can" in 1995. After more than 35 years and more than 125 films, Linnea Quigley is still "America's Scream Queen".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: HGB Entertainment

Spouse (1)

Steve Johnson (17 January 1990 - 1992) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Linnea is known for her signature scream.

Trivia (17)

Has contributed to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) campaigns. She is well-known for working on PETA's "Lettuce Ladies" campaign, where people educate others about vegetarian lifestyles while wearing only lettuce. She even had a poster made to promote this animal rights campaign.
Was once in a band called "The Skirts," an all-girl band.
Appears at horror conventions several times a year to meet her fans.
Long-time friends with fellow B-movie actresses Brinke Stevens and Michelle Bauer, whom she has worked with for years.
Has been friends with frequent co-star Don Calfa since they both appeared in The Return of the Living Dead (1985). They reunited once again in 2003's Corpses Are Forever (2004).
Her first major foray into acting was a toothpaste commercial.
In the early 90s, she wanted to become a police officer with the LAPD. She passed the written test but decided to continue acting instead.
Starred in three horror films where something evil was unwittingly released upon a group of people: The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988), and Night of the Demons (1988).
Said her worst experience with special FX makeup was during The Return of the Living Dead (1985), in which she had to endure several experimental makeup tests and wear a "featureless Barbie-doll prosthetic" over her crotch because a producer felt that full-frontal nudity was too shocking.
Interviewed in the book "Invasion of the B-Girls" by Jewel Shepard.
Ranked #9 on Maxim's "Hottest Women of Horror Movies" list.
Wears a size 4 1/2 shoe.
Attended Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, Iowa.
Known as "Barb" to her friends growing up in Iowa.
Before she started her acting career, she worked at a Jack LaLanne Health Spa.
At the age of 15, Linnea represented Bettendorf, Iowa in the Miss National Teenager Pageant.
She's re-formed her band, the Skirts, and will play the Monster Mania festival in Cherry Hill, N.J., and the Scream Fest in Plantation, Florida. [August 2003]

Personal Quotes (6)

I never wanted a sugar-coated life.
You have more say on a low-budget film. You don't have a million people telling you what to do.
[on nudity in movies] As I've done more and more films, I find that they sometimes impose nudity in certain scenes where I really don't want to do it. There should be some kind of restraint on love scenes. I love to watch them when they're nicely shot, but don't necessarily show a lot. You can show just a little bit and still get the idea.
My favorites, selected from my own movies, are Savage Streets (1984), The Return of the Living Dead (1985) and Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988). One of the differences between my association with horror films and scream queens of past generations is that I don't faint as much.
Oh come on, men love naked women. It's a compliment; like women hate construction workers gawking at them, but when they stop -- that's bad.
I like playing tough girls, because they're so different from who I am. It's really boring to play the good, nice girl -- that's too much like my real personality.

Salary (1)

Nightmare Sisters (1988) $400

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