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Overview (2)

Born in USA
Birth NameDeborah Claire Reed

Mini Bio (1)

Deborah Reed is best known for her over the top portrayal of the Queen of Goblins in cult classic Troll 2 (1990). Her love of performing began at an early age, when she would create zany characters for anyone willing to be a captive audience. A native of Utah, at five years old she moved with her family to Lafayette, California, where they remained until she was fifteen. Once back in Utah she was shy, not involved in popular school activities; but when asked, played the part of Yvette in "Pillow Talk". She received her first true encouragement when near the end of her senior year, performed a Shakespearean monologue as Juliet in drama class. To her shock there was a resounding applause then high praise from her teacher. A respected actor-classmate told her, "I wish I could let go the way you do." She soon performed in her first film, "Educated Heart", with Anthony Geary and Anne Archer, but the film was never picked up.

In 1970 her family moved to Spokane, Washington. It was there she began performing in musical theater, including "Oliver" and "Hello Dolly", while honing her skills as both playwright and director. She would never forget the first times witnessing an entire audience whimpering - nose blows included - after a dramatic performance of hers or howling with laughter at something she had written. She was hooked. The desire to touch people's hearts through media was entrenched and has never left her.

In 1980, Deborah joined the renowned McCarty Agency where, over the next twenty years, she worked extensively as a print model, makeup artist, and actor in film and hundreds of television ads. With her passion for children's self-esteem, she created a forum of children's classes as a means of introducing them to skills and confidence needed in 'the industry' while developing habits of positive thinking and self-respect for which she became instructor for the next fifteen years. In1989, Deborah landed the role of Creedence Leonore Gielgud, in Troll 2 (1990), the quirky film by Italian director, Claudio Fragasso. With her lifelong love of camp, it was a perfect fit. She completely 'let go' when auditioning for the part, a scene later to become a fan favorite.

Deborah took a sabbatical from the industry from 1997 - 2000 when hired as Executive Assistant to United States Congressman Merrill Cook, with whom she had worked when hired as makeup artist during the campaign trail. After Cook took Office, he offered Deborah the much sought after job, telling her he appreciated her obvious love of people, her passion for those in need and love of The Arts, saying she could truly make a difference. She was both surprised and hesitant, but agreed to give it a try. Her areas of Special Interest were Youth, Disabilities, Heritage Foundation, and the Arts and Humanities. Among her accomplishments, she spearheaded the Bicentennial Local Legacies project, which documented Utah's Native American community through film, recording, photos and other multimedia and culminated at an event in Washington DC, celebrating 200 years of The Library of Congress. Cook has largely credited her for his receiving multiple awards from the National Endowment for the Arts. During Cook's second term, Deborah also performed as Press Secretary. For the following two years, Deborah produced and co-hosted radio program, "The Merrill Cook Show", writing and producing all the commercial spots.

In 2004, Deborah's over twenty year marriage was over. To cope, she threw herself into a new pursuit, working as a mural and Trompe l'oeil artist. She soon met her husband, radio personality Randy Holman. They started their own multimedia production company, producing a television series they co-hosted, "It's All About Homes", as well as documentaries and TV commercials for clients. Deborah usually wrote ads with a camp flavor, creating zany characters often portrayed by Randy and herself. They ran the company together until Randy's untimely death from cancer in 2012.

Finding humanity through humor is most often the driving force behind Deborah's work and remains a priority in her current work as a writer and blogger. As of 2016, her focus has been on her first children's picture book, "When Bugs Are Bugging You", and middle-grade novel, "Flump - Book One: The Gaseous Ghost", which she claims contains a few cryptic Troll 2 (1990) references. Deborah has two sons: artist/animator Gavin Reed, and software engineer Remington Reed, founders of the company, Hey Bud Games.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Aubree Jolley

Trivia (21)

Deborah was once a contestant on Hollywood Squares (she was a winner!). She is now (2001) the producer of Merrill Cook's radio show in Utah.
Is an Aide to former Congressman Merrill Cook [2000]
Promotes going green, which is a nice fit for the Queen of Green (Slime)!.
Has always loved camp and has written and performed in same since her early twenties, her favorite genre.
Was awarded the very first commercial she auditioned for, a Jessica McClintock Ad.
Her wardrobe, including jewelry (not the glasses), was from her own ancestral clothing. When she was taken to be fitted she told them she thought she could come up with something better and the rest is history!.
Loves to make people laugh.
It was said by her agency owner that she had a fresh, young face at the age of 30. Well into her 30's, she was often still told she looked too young when auditioning for 'Young Mother' rolls that she had always desired.
Once auditioned with her Golden Retriever, Googie, for a national Chevrolet Ad, which they won. A funny story ensued which she plans to share on her blog.
Heritage is mainly English and Danish. Her family chart shows an abundant and far-reaching royal ancestry, including Alfred the Great, King Richard the Lionheart and Charlemagne .
Widely known as Troll 2 Queen, as well as Goblin Queen, Popcorn Queen & Queen of Green.
Owned a production company with her husband, Randy Holman, writing and directing a TV series, soulful client documentaries and campy Ads which they often performed in, until his untimely death in 2012.
Loves retro movies, especially with the likes of Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price.
Children's author.
Believes in living a holistic lifestyle.
Animal lover, with a special fondness for cats.
When Claudio Fragasso, Troll 2 (1990) director, first introduced her to renowned makeup artist, Maurizio Trani Mauizio, he shook his head, threw his hands up in the air and said in Italian, No, no, no. Too bella! She was confused so the director explained that Mauizio was worried about being able to transform her into the older, unattractive as well as the frightening Creedence character.
Instructed kids in a modeling, acting & self esteem program she developed for a prominent agency. She feels a special affinity for children and their welfare.
Worked as a makeup artist for TV & Film. Was often hired to work on figures in the political arena, including Former First Lady Rosalyn Carter and Governor Mike Leavitt, US Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and later Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Troll 2 (1990) is considered a cult classic. It has been referred to as legendary, as well as adored and of course, one of the worst movies ever made. There have been a myriad of and ongoing reviews with titles such as, Troll 2 - So Bad It's Good , When Bad = Oh So Good or 10 Reasons Troll 2 is the Best Worst Movie Ever Made. Mike Stephenson, who played young Joshua, later directed the critically acclaimed documentary, Best Worst Movie (2009). Deborah is often asked why she wasn't in the doc. She was invited numerous times to participate, but was otherwise obligated. Shortly before its release she was able to be filmed and is on the DVD version listed under Bonus Features, as A provocative message from Troll 2's Goblin Queen, Deborah Reed.
Enjoys engaging with her fans, often as her Troll 2 (1990) character, Creedence. Her 'minions' often call her, My Queen and Your Majesty.

Personal Quotes (2)

One thing that makes me happiest about Troll 2 (1990), is when I hear fans telling me that it makes them laugh, brings them joy, and some even saying it helped them through some very difficult times.
If I couldn't be in the best movie, I sure am glad I was in the worst!

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