Adrienne Barbeau
American actress
Adrienne Barbeau
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.
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A Half-Century of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Memories
NYTimes - about 1 year
Harvey Fierstein, Bette Midler, Adrienne Barbeau and Josh Groban share their memories of performing in the Broadway and many, many non-Broadway versions of “Fiddler.”
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DVD review: 'Swamp Thing'
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
If anyone saves Wes Craven's outrageously campy film adaptation of the comic-book monster-hero created by Len Wein and drawn by Berni Wrightson, it's Adrienne Barbeau as government agent Alice Cable. Swamp Thing emerges as likable, with nothing but humane intentions, like one of Ray Harryhausen's animated fantasy creations, with cute asides. Three good bonus features: a Craven commentary track; observations by Wein; and a revealing interview with Barbeau, who talks about her dislike of horror movies (even though she was married to horror king John Carpenter) and how Craven was constantly denied the budget he needed during production.
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Adrienne Barbeau recalls 'Swamp Thing' as 'charming'
USA Today - over 3 years
In an interview for a new Blu-ray, actress thought the movie could be another 'Star Wars'
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Marshall Fine: Interview: Checking in With Veteran Seymour Cassel
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Actor Seymour Cassel is on the phone and, when asked what he's been doing, says, "Well, I'm looking for work." We're supposed to be talking about his latest film, a little indie that's going out in limited release today (3/22/13) called Silver Case. But with a movie resume that includes more than 150 titles (15 since the start of 2010, alone), the veteran character actor has a lot to talk about. We barely get the chance to talk Silver Case, in which he plays a sly dealer, when he's asked what else he's been up to. "I did Sidney Furie's latest (Pride of Lions)," he says. "We shot that in Sault Ste. Marie. It was summer but it started to get cold. Canada was not a pleasant choice; they didn't even have good chicken there." At 78, Cassel has been acting in movies for 50 years, ever since he wandered into an acting workshop in New York run by a restless actor named John Cassavetes. The workshop ultimately turned into Shadows, Cassavetes' first film, on which Cassel served ...
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Scott Mendelson: No Girls Allowed? On the Value of *Not* Arbitrarily Inserting Token Love Interests into Male-centric Genre Films
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Let us for a moment highlight two of the many would-be Oscar bait pictures rolling out in the next couple months. Ben Affleck's Argo, which opens today, has instantly shot up to the upper-levels of many filmgoers' 'must see' list for the fall.  Also pretty high on the list for film buffs is Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly.  Aside from the strong reviews that both films have already racked up prior to even being screened for most critics (ah, the festival circuit!), the one thing that sticks out about both films is the near absence of females in major roles.  The trailer for Killing Them Softly was notable for its complete absence of females.  Argo has few women in its trailer and seemingly only has female characters where they would make sense, be they among the Americans caught in Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis or people in the government who just happen to be female (the most notable seems to be Adrienne Barbeau).  Point being, having now seen both films, both are ...
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Revenge – Victoria Grayson’s Villainy a Product of Adrienne Barbeau’s Bad Parenting
Boom Tron - over 4 years
Victoria may be the evil matriarch of the Grayson clan, but every good villain has a good origin story, complete with some mentor who drove them down their dark path. Victoria will, of course, be no different. We’ll even get to meet her mentor, her own mother, in an upcoming episode of Revenge. When you have women as a series’ main villain, more often than not it turns out they learned everything they know from their mothers or some other parental figure. It’s much more powerful to show someone becoming just like the their mother or father than anyone else, since they have that much more influence in your life. But if you’re going to go down this route, you need the perfect person for the part and Revenge has just such an actress: Adrienne Barbeau. The Maude alum will be taking up the reins of the unnamed mother of Victoria, says TVLine. Executive producer Mike Kelley described her as “somebody who knows how to use people,” which shouldn’t surprise anyone. If she’s going to be th ...
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Q&A: Lance Henriksen - NOW Toronto
Google News - over 5 years
Tim Thomerson and Adrienne Barbeau are in it, all kinds of people. Have you seen the new DVD package for Near Dark that tries to sell the movie as a Twilight clone? Oh, that's so bad. I hate that box [laughing]. You can't even sign it,
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LINE OF SIGHT: un film d'action pour Ben Affleck - FilmdeCulte.com
Google News - over 5 years
Affleck joue dans le long métrage, aux côtés de John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin et Adrienne Barbeau. Son prochain projet est connu: il s'agira du film d'action Line of Sight qui raconte la mission secrète d'un commando d'élite
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'You've Got Hate Mail' inspired by e-mails from divorce - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
Google News - over 5 years
"We had seen a production of 'Love Letters' that my wife (actress Adrienne Barbeau) was in and we sat in the audience and said, 'Oh why didn't we think of this? This is a brilliant idea,' " Van Zandt adds. "We attempted to do something just called
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'The Cannonball Run' and 'Three Amigos!' Blu-rays Dated - High-Def Digest
Google News - over 5 years
The film about an illegal cross-country car race features memorable performances by Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Adrienne Barbeau, Jackie Chan, Bert Convey, Terry Bradshaw, and Jamie Farr
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'Aliens' Lance Henriksen on a Potential Sequel and Hollywood Ageism - Moviefone (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Tim Thomerson is in it, Adrienne Barbeau, and a lot of really good people. If we do a series, then that means every actor that's having that problem is going to be on that show talking about how it's affected their lives. Are you going to be appearing
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All About Business: Palm Court Inn reopens as Days Inn Palm Springs - The Desert Sun
Google News - over 5 years
In the past year, he's had Dionne Warwick, Anne Rice and Adrienne Barbeau. Monkarsh chalks it up to his enthusiasm and good word-of-mouth. “We've created a reputation for ourselves. People know about the book signings. A lot of people call me now
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ARGO: des infos sur le prochain Ben Affleck - FilmdeCulte.com
Google News - over 5 years
... un agent de la CIA serait amené à collaborer avec des réalisateurs hollywoodiens pour libérer des otages américains en Iran. Affleck jouerait dans le long métrage, aux côtés de John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin et Adrienne Barbeau. A suivre!
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HBO cult 'Tales from the Crypt' resurrected from the dead? - Monsters and Critics.com
Google News - over 5 years
The cackling skeleton host delighted adults and kids alike from 1989 to 1996 and featured great guests like Adrienne Barbeau, Whoopi Goldberg, Demi Moore, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Leslie Nielsen, Tom Hanks, Joe Pesci, Brad Pitt and so many others
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The undead and the Hollywood A-list - Daily Gleaner
Google News - over 5 years
But before we leave the vampire genre altogether, let's visit the very funny, very snarky, Vampyres of Hollywood, a delicious take on the undead and the Hollywood A-list by Adrienne Barbeau and Michael Scott. Barbeau knows Hollywood inside and out,
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30 Things. Its All in the Name. - Republican & Herald (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
I'm not sure what I thought about this show before I turned it on, but I know it involved the Swamp Thing and Adrienne Barbeau. But wrangling dangerous or deadly animals in Miami? They start showing some of the team members from Venom One getting torn
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A Lord of Fright Reclaims His Dark Domain - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
Ernest Borgnine, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau and Kurt Russell in “Escape From New York” (1981). It had been a tough shoot. His star Courtney Love was replaced one week before principal photography began, and after writing the script and the
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More TV terror fun - TG Daily
Google News - over 5 years
Someone's Watching Me aired on NBC on November 29, 1978, and it was also the project where Carpenter met his future bride, Adrienne Barbeau. (As recalled in the Carpenter biography Prince of Darkness, Carpenter couldn't stay to finish post-production
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Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo - Swerve Calgary
Google News - over 5 years
Hosted by the one and only Elvira, Mistress of the Night, this formal party allows you to rub shoulders with Pinhead from Hellraiser; Adrienne Barbeau, John Amplas and Gaylen Ross of Creepshow fame; as well as Julian Sands from the movie Warlock
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Adrienne Barbeau
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 70
    Barbeau appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor podcast on February 19, 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 69
    In 2015, she assumed the role of Berthe in Pippin with the Broadway Touring Company of the renowned musical.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year she also began to provide the Descriptive Video Service track for visually-impaired individuals for some episodes of the Fox series Empire.
  • 2013
    Age 67
    On October 22, 2013, she made a guest appearance on the FX series Sons of Anarchy.
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  • 2012
    Age 66
    In 2012, she voiced UNSC scientist Dr. Tilson in the highly anticipated game Halo 4, released on the Xbox 360 in November 2012.
    More Details Hide Details She voiced characters in the Mad Max video game of the same name. She reprised her role as Catwoman in an animated remake of the third trailer for The Dark Knight Rises. This trailer was made to both celebrate the upcoming movie as well as to promote Hub's ten episode marathon of Batman: The Animated Series.
  • 2010
    Age 64
    In August 2010, she began a role on the long-running ABC daytime drama General Hospital.
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    She voiced the Greek goddess Hera in the video game God of War III released for the PlayStation 3 in March 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 63
    Also in 2009, Barbeau had guest spots in the first episode of Showtime's hit series Dexter (Season 4), as well as on Grey's Anatomy.
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    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".
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  • 2006
    Age 60
    From March to May 2006, she starred as Judy Garland in the off-Broadway play The Property Known as Garland.
    More Details Hide Details Barbeau played a cameo role in Rob Zombie's Halloween, a "reimagining" of the 1978 film of the same name, written and directed by her first husband, John Carpenter. Her scene was cut from the theatrical version of the film but is included in the DVD version.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2003
    Age 57
    From 2003 to 2005, she starred in the HBO series Carnivàle.
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  • 1998
    Age 52
    In 1998, Barbeau released her debut album as a folk singer, the self-titled Adrienne Barbeau.
    More Details Hide Details She starred in the cartoon series Totally Spies! doing the voice of villainess Helga Von Guggen in seasons 1, 2 and 4.
  • 1997
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Barbeau's autobiography There Are Worse Things I Could Do was published in 2006 by Carroll & Graf, rising to #11 on the Los Angeles Times best-sellers list. In July 2008, her first novel, Vampyres of Hollywood, was published by St Martin's Press. The novel was co-written by Michael Scott. The first sequel Love Bites was published in 2010, and the second, Make Me Dead was published in 2015. Captain Murphy, a character from the animated television series Sealab 2021, has an obsession with Barbeau and mentions her in several episodes. In the episode "I Robot" he ponders becoming an "Adrienne Barbeaubot" with laser beam eyes and "D-Cups Full of Justice". In the episode "I Robot Really" Captain Murphy succeeds in having his brain placed inside a robot body which he calls The Barbeau-bot. The Barbeau-bot not only has "D-Cups of Justice" but also chainsaw hands with laser targeting. Barbeau was mentioned in Adult Swim cartoons by the same people as far back as Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode 32.
  • FORTIES
  • 1994
    Age 48
    In 1994, she also appeared in the Babylon 5 episode "Spider in the Web" as Amanda Carter.
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  • 1992
    Age 46
    Barbeau married actor/playwright/producer Billy Van Zandt, thirteen years her junior, on December 31, 1992.
    More Details Hide Details The two met in 1991 when Barbeau was cast in the west coast premiere of his play, Drop Dead! Billy is the half-brother of musician/actor Steven Van Zandt.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Coincidentally, Barbeau's on-screen son on The Drew Carey Show, Diedrich Bader, would go on to perform the voice of Batman on the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold. She also worked as a television talk show host and a weekly book reviewer for KABC talk radio in Los Angeles. In 1999, she guest starred in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges" as Romulan Senator Kimara Cretak.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1980
    Age 34
    Barbeau's then-husband, director John Carpenter, cast her in his 1980 horror film, The Fog, which was her first theatrical film appearance.
    More Details Hide Details The film was released on February 1, 1980, and was a theatrical success, grossing over $21 million in the United States alone, and establishing Barbeau as a genre film star. She subsequently appeared in a number of early-1980s horror and science fiction films, a number of which have now become cult film classics, including Escape from New York (also from Carpenter), Creepshow, and Swamp Thing. Of her screen work with Carpenter, Barbeau has stated: "John is a great director. He knows what he wants and he knows how to get it. It's simple and it's easy with him." She also appeared in the high-grossing Burt Reynolds comedy The Cannonball Run (1981)—her character wins the race—and as the shrewish wife of Rodney Dangerfield's character in Back to School (1986). Barbeau also starred, alongside talk show host Bill Maher and Shannon Tweed, in the comedy Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (1989).
  • 1979
    Age 33
    Barbeau was married to director John Carpenter from January 1, 1979, to 1984.
    More Details Hide Details The two met on the set of his 1978 TV movie, Someone's Watching Me! The couple had a son, John Cody (born May 7, 1984) shortly before they separated. During their marriage, the couple remained "totally outside Hollywood's social circles".
  • 1978
    Age 32
    The popularity of Barbeau's 1978 cheesecake poster confirmed her status as a sex symbol.
    More Details Hide Details Barbeau's popularity stemmed partly from what critic Joe Bob Briggs referred to as the "two enormous talents on that woman", and her typecasting as a "tough broad". Despite her initial success, she said at the time that she thought of Hollywood as a "flesh market", and that she would rather appear in films that "explore the human condition" and "deal with issues".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1972
    Age 26
    During the 1970s, Barbeau starred as Carol Traynor, the daughter of Bea Arthur's title character in the comedy series Maude, which ran from 1972 to 1978 (actress Marcia Rodd had originated the role of Carol in a 1972 episode of All in the Family, also titled "Maude", alongside Arthur).
    More Details Hide Details In her autobiography, There Are Worse Things I Could Do, Barbeau remarked: "What I didn't know is that when I said lines 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." During the last season of Maude, Barbeau did not appear in the majority of the episodes. In a 2009 Entertainment Tonight TV interview, Barbeau mentioned that she had good on- and off-camera chemistry with Arthur; she said that the two stayed close until Arthur's death on April 25, 2009. Barbeau and Arthur reunited on camera during a 2007 taping of The View, reminiscing about their long-running friendship and their years as co-stars on Maude. Regarding the character of Maude, Barbeau has said: "Thousands of people came up to me and said, 'I've got an aunt who's just like Maude, my mother is just like Maude.' I think many, many people related to Bea's character, in that way. There were others who found her too abrasive who didn't like the character, and that big woman with a low voice, saying those things." Regarding Bea Arthur's desire to entertain the audience of Maude, she said: "I at least was; and I'm sure that Bea was very proud of being something that was socially significant that was entertaining people, and making them laugh, at the same time, slipping her philosophy."
    She received a Theater World Award and a 1972 Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of tough-girl Rizzo in Grease.
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  • 1971
    Age 25
    She left Fiddler in 1971 to play the leading role of Cookie Kovac in the off-Broadway nudie musical Stag Movie.
    More Details Hide Details Barbeau, as Cookie Kovac, and Brad Sullivan, as Rip Cord, were "quite jolly and deserve to be congratulated on the lack of embarrassment they show when, on occasion, they have to wander around stark naked. They may not be sexy but they certainly keep cheerful," wrote The New York Times theater critic Clive Barnes in an otherwise negative review. Barbeau went on to star in more than 25 musicals and plays, including Women Behind Bars, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Grease.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Born
    Born on June 11, 1945.
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