Adrienne Barbeau

Born Jun 11, 1945

Adrienne Jo Barbeau is an American actress and the author of three books. Barbeau came to prominence in the 1970s as Broadway's original Rizzo in the musical Grease, and as Carol Traynor, the divorced daughter of Maude Findlay in the sitcom Maude. In the early 1980s, Barbeau was a sex symbol, starring in several horror and science fiction films, including The Fog, Creepshow, Swamp Thing, and Escape from New York.… Read More

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  • A Half Century Of ‘Fiddler On The Roof’ Memories
    NYTimes - Dec 18, 2015
  • Dvd Review: 'swamp Thing'
    San Francisco Chronicle - Sep 19, 2013
  • Adrienne Barbeau Recalls 'swamp Thing' As 'charming'
    USA Today - Aug 02, 2013
  • Marshall Fine: Interview: Checking In With Veteran Seymour Cassel
    Huffington Post - Mar 22, 2013


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Adrienne Barbeau.


1945 Birth Born on June 11, 1945.


1971 26 Years Old She left Fiddler in 1971 to play the leading role of Cookie Kovac in the off-Broadway nudie musical Stag Movie. … Read More
1972 27 Years Old 1 More Event
She received a Theater World Award and a 1972 Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of tough-girl Rizzo in Grease.


1978 33 Years Old The popularity of Barbeau's 1978 cheesecake poster confirmed her status as a sex symbol. … Read More
1979 34 Years Old Barbeau was married to director John Carpenter from January 1, 1979, to 1984. … Read More
1980 35 Years Old Barbeau's then-husband, director John Carpenter, cast her in his 1980 horror film, The Fog, which was her first theatrical film appearance. … Read More


1992 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 1990s, Barbeau mostly appeared in made-for-television films such as Scott Turow's The Burden of Proof in 1992, as well as playing Oswald's mother on The Drew Carey Show and gaining new fame among animation fans as Catwoman on Batman: The Animated Series and Gotham Girls. … Read More
1994 49 Years Old In 1994, she also appeared in the Babylon 5 episode "Spider in the Web" as Amanda Carter.


1997 52 Years Old She gave birth to twin boys, Walker Steven and William Dalton Van Zandt, on March 17, 1997, at age 51, claiming she was the only one on the maternity ward who was also a member of AARP. … Read More
1998 53 Years Old In 1998, Barbeau released her debut album as a folk singer, the self-titled Adrienne Barbeau. … Read More
2003 58 Years Old From 2003 to 2005, she starred in the HBO series Carnivàle.


2006 61 Years Old From March to May 2006, she starred as Judy Garland in the off-Broadway play The Property Known as Garland. … Read More
2009 64 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2009, Barbeau was cast as "The Cat Lady" in the family comedy The Dog Who Saved Christmas, as Scooter's Mom in the 3D animated feature Fly Me to the Moon and as a hospice patient in the love-story "Reach For Me".
2010 65 Years Old 1 More Event
She voiced the Greek goddess Hera in the video game God of War III released for the PlayStation 3 in March 2010.
2012 67 Years Old In 2012, she voiced UNSC scientist Dr. Tilson in the highly anticipated game Halo 4, released on the Xbox 360 in November 2012. … Read More
2013 68 Years Old On October 22, 2013, she made a guest appearance on the FX series Sons of Anarchy.
2015 70 Years Old In 2015, she assumed the role of Berthe in Pippin with the Broadway Touring Company of the renowned musical. … Read More
2016 71 Years Old Barbeau appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor podcast on February 19, 2016.
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