Adrienne Barbeau Biography

Adrienne is an American actress and writer, she is known for her role in the musical ‘Grease’. To know more about his childhood, profile, timeline and career read on

Adrienne Barbeau
Quick Facts

Birthday: June 11, 1945

Nationality: American

Famous: Actresses American Women

Age: 74 Years, 74 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Gemini

Also Known As: Adrienne Jo Barbeau

Born in: Sacramento

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'3" (160 cm), 5'3" Females

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Billy Van Zandt, John Carpenter

father: Joseph Barbeau

mother: Armene Nalbandian

siblings: Jocelyn Barbeau, Robert Barbeau

children: Cody Carpenter, Walker Steven Van Zandt, William Dalton Van Zandt

U.S. State: California

City: Sacramento

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education: Foothill College, Del Mar High School

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An American actress and author, Adrienne is the star of some cult classic horror movies. Starting out as a dancer she worked her way to glory as a genre actress in feature films. She is known for her theatrical performance in the Broadway musical ‘Grease’ as the character of determined and resolute Rizzo. Her role as the daughter of Bea Arthur’s character in the television sitcom ‘Maude’ is also considered as one of her important works. After being cast by her then husband in the horror film ‘Fog’; which became a commercial success she was cast in various other sci-fi thrillers. She also appeared in comic roles in ‘The Cannonball Run’ and ‘Back to School’. Her other known works include the character of Catwoman, for which she rendered her voice, in the animated batman series. Continuing her tryst with animation she gave voice to the villainous character of Helga Von Guggen. She has also authored three books including an autobiography ‘There Are Worse Things I Could Do’. The other two of her books were ‘Vampyres of Hollywood’ and a sequel titled ‘Love Bites’. To know more about Adrienne’s life and works read on the biography

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Adrienne Barbeau
Childhood & Early Life
  • Daughter of Joseph Barbeau, a public relations officer for the American Oil company ‘Mobil Oil’, and a mother of Armenian descent, Adrienne was born in the Sacramento town of California. Adrienne also has a sister by name Jocelyn.
  • She pursued her primary education at the ‘Del Mar High School’, located in San Jose. After completing high school she went to the Foothill College located in Los Altos Hills, California
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Career
  • Barbeau started her career in career as a go-go dancer In New York City; where she moved in during the late 1960s. Go-go dancers used to dance for entertaining the Army troops and her experience as a dancer was the curtain raiser of her showbiz career.
  • In 1968, she was hired for the choir which performed in the musical ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. She was later given the role of Hodel in the same play, which had also marked her acting debut earlier.
  • She next went onto play the leading role in the off-Broadway musical ‘Stag Movie’ in 1971. The character of Cookie Kovac portrayed by Adrienne, established her as a sex symbol in the industry.
  • Her performance in the 1972 Broadway musical ‘Grease’ in which she played the part of ‘Rizzo’ a resolute girl, helped her received many accolades including a ‘Tony Award’ nomination.
  • She appeared in the comic sitcom ‘Maude’ in the role of the daughter of the female lead, during the period 1972 to 1978. Bea Arthur, who played the role of her mother in this series, became a good friend of Adrienne, and the friendship blossomed over the years.
  • In the late 1970s she appeared on a number of television shows like the ‘The Love Boat’, ‘Fantasy Island’ and ‘Battle of the Network Stars’. She was a part of the CBS Network team in the ‘Battle of the Network Stars’.
  • The success of the 1980 horror movie ‘The Fog’, which was directed by John Carpenter, opened the doors to a new genre of cinema for Barbeau. The movie which marked her theatre film debut, did well financially too; making over 21 million dollars in US alone.After the success of ‘Fog’, she was cast in numerous science fiction and thriller movies like ‘Escape from New York’, ‘Creep Show’ and ‘Swamp Thing’.
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  • Apart from horror movies, she did a few flicks in the comic genre like ‘The Cannonball Run’, ‘Back to School’ and ‘Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death’, in the 1980s.
  • Adrienne appeared in the television miniseries ‘The Burden of Proof’, playing the character of Silvia Hartnell in 1992. She next appeared on the ‘Drew Carey Show’ before trying her hands on animation characters. She rendered the voice of Catwoman in the animated Batman series.
  • In 1998, she released a folk music album ‘Adrienne Barbeau’. She was also the host of a television and radio talk shows. In the cartoon series ‘Totally Spies’ she was the voice of the villainess Helga Von Guggen.
  • From 2003 to 2006 she was seen in the television series ‘Carnivale’ and in an off-Broadway play ‘The Property Known as Garland’. She was also working on her biography ‘There Are Worse Things I Could Do’ during this time.
  • After her biography was published in 2006, she has authored two more novels. Co-authored by Michael Scott, her first novel ‘Vampyres of Hollywood’ was released in 2008. Two years later a sequel titled ‘Love Bites’ was published.
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Major Works
  • Her works in the musical ‘Grease’ and the horror movie ‘Fog’ are considered her best works and established her as genre artist in the industry.
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Awards & Achievements
  • Adrienne was nominated for the Tony Award, in the ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’ category, in 1972, for her role in the musical ‘Grease’. She also won a Theatre Guild Award for the role.
  • In 1977, she received a ‘Golden Globe’ nomination in the ‘Best Actress in Supporting Role for a Television Series’ category.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • During the shoot of ‘Someone’s Watching Me!’, Adrianne and her director john Carpenter fell in love with each other. Both of them then entered the wedlock in 1979. The couple maintained a low-profile through the course of their marriage, which finally culminated in divorce, shortly after the birth of their son John Cody.
  • Barbeau remarried in 1992 to producer Billy Van Zandt. The two became really close to each other during the play ‘Drop Dead’.
  • At the age of 51, Adrienne was blessed with twin sons Walker Steven and William Dalton Van Zandt.
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Trivia
  • This American actress' role in the 2007 horror movie 'Haloween’ was edited and finally removed from the finished film
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1. The Thing (1982)

  (Mystery, Horror, Sci-Fi)

2. Argo (2012)

  (Drama, Thriller, History, Biography)


3. Escape from New York (1981)

  (Sci-Fi, Action)

4. Creepshow (1982)

  (Comedy, Fantasy, Horror)



5. The Fog (1980)

  (Horror, Thriller)

6. The Cannonball Run (1981)

  (Comedy, Sport, Action)




7. Demolition Man (1993)

  (Action, Crime, Thriller, Sci-Fi)

8. Back to School (1986)

  (Sport, Comedy, Romance)





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