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Adrienne Barbeau

Adrienne BarbeauBorn: 11-Jun-1945
Birthplace: Sacramento, CA

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor, Singer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Swamp Thing

Adrienne Barbeau began appearing in local theater productions as a teenager in San Jose. As a struggling young actress in New York, she earned the rent as a go-go dancer. Her big break came when she joined the cast of Broadway's original Fiddler on the Roof, which starred Zero Mostel as Tevye and Bea Arthur as Yente, the Matchmaker. Barbeau was later nominated for a Tony, playing Betty Rizzo in the original Broadway cast of Grease. From 1972-78, Arthur and Barbeau worked together on the hit television series Maude. Arthur played the title character, a crotchety old dame, and Barbeau played Carol, Maude's pretty, buxom daughter. Almost as soon as the TV show debuted, Barbeau became a sex symbol.

Barbeau married moviemaker John Carpenter, who cast her in several of his late-'70s and early-'80s thrillers, including Someone's Watching Me!, The Fog, and Escape from New York. The Scream Queen of her day, she also starred in George Romero's Creepshow and Wes Craven's Swamp Thing, but she was not involved in The Return of Swamp Thing. Perhaps due to horror typecasting, Barbeau's career faded quickly. Since divorcing Carpenter in 1984, her most prestigious parts have been a supporting role in Rodney Dangerfield's Back to School and playing a tattooed snake charmer on HBO's Carnivāle.

She has worked almost exclusively in TV movies and low-budget films, including Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death with Bill Maher, Burial of the Rats with Olga Kabo, and the ghosts-and-Nazis thriller Unholy with Nicholas Brendon. She voiced Catwoman for Batman: The Animated Series. Barbeau is now married to playwright and actor Billy Van Zandt, and they appeared together in a 1999 film of his play A Walk in Providence.

Father: Joseph Barbaeu
Mother: Arman
Husband: John Carpenter (m. 1-Jan-1979, div. 1984, one son)
Son: John Cody Carpenter (musician)
Husband: Billy Van Zandt (writer, brother of Steve Van Zandt, b. 1957, m. Jan-1992, two sons)
Son: Walker Van Zandt (twin, b. 17-Mar-1997)
Son: William Van Zandt (twin, b. 17-Mar-1997)

    University: Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA

    French Ancestry

    Carnivale Ruthie (2003-05)
    The Drew Carey Show Kim Harvey (1998-2004)
    Maude Carol Trainor (1972-78)

    Tales of Halloween (24-Jul-2015)
    Argo (31-Aug-2012)
    The Dog Who Saved Christmas (29-Nov-2009)
    Reach for Me (5-Apr-2009)
    War Wolves (8-Mar-2009)
    Fly Me to the Moon 3D (30-Jan-2008) [VOICE]
    Christmas Do-Over (16-Dec-2006)
    Deceit (22-Oct-2006)
    Ghost Rock (8-Jun-2004)
    Ring of Darkness (28-Feb-2004) · Alex
    The Santa Trap (13-Dec-2002) · Alice
    Spring Break Lawyer (23-Mar-2001)
    The Convent (21-Jan-2000)
    Across the Line (2000)
    Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (22-Sep-1998) [VOICE]
    Burial of the Rats (1995)
    Jailbreakers (9-Sep-1994) · Mrs. Norton
    Father Hood (27-Aug-1993) · Celeste
    The Burden of Proof (9-Feb-1992)
    Doublecrossed (20-Jul-1991)
    Two Evil Eyes (25-Jan-1990)
    Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (15-Mar-1989)
    Open House (1987)
    Back to School (13-Jun-1986) · Vanessa
    The Next One (12-Sep-1984)
    Creepshow (12-Nov-1982) · Wilma Northrup
    Swamp Thing (16-Jul-1982) · Alice Cable
    Charlie and the Great Balloon Chase (12-Jul-1981)
    Escape from New York (10-Jul-1981) · Maggie
    The Cannonball Run (19-Jun-1981)
    The Fog (8-Feb-1980) · Stevie Wayne
    The Darker Side of Terror (3-Apr-1979)
    Someone's Watching Me! (29-Nov-1978)
    The Crash of Flight 401 (29-Oct-1978)

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Author of books:
There Are Worse Things I Could Do (2006)

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