Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
Maude, The Fog
Currently Known For:
Gates of Darkness
1972 - Present
June 11, 1945
Maude, The Fog
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"I spent years working in low-budget horror films. When you've done 'Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death', you can handle anything!" Adrienne Barbeau is an actress, singer, and author from Sacramento, California. She originally rose to fame as Rizzo in the first Broadway run of the musical, Grease. Eventually, Barbeau would find herself in some of the biggest genre films of the 80s including Swamp Thing, Escape from New York, and Creepshow. Of course, Barbeau is probably most celebrated for her work as the star of the sitcom, Maude. Nowadays, Barbeau continues to work as an actress with numerous voiceover and live-action credits to her name.
Born and Raised in California
Adrienne Barbeau was born on June 11th, 1945, in Sacramento, CA. Barbeau is the daughter of Joseph and Armene Barbeau. As a child, Barbeau was raised alongside her sister, Jocelyn, and her half-brother, Robert. Barbeau has ancestry that can be traced back to German, Irish, French Canadian, and Armenian descent.
As a child, Barbeau was always in love with performance. She spent her early years attending Del Mar High School in San Jose, California. During this period of her life, Barbeau still wasn't sure that she would become an actress when she grew up, but the acting bug wasn't too far behind. In truth, Barbeau would later reveal that she fell in love with performing while taking a tour through Southeast Asia as a member of the San Jose Civic Light Opera.
Star of the Silver Screen
While Adrienne Barbeau may have fallen in love with performing while on stage in an opera, she wasn't in a hurry to constrain her talents. Instead, Barbeau would move to New York City where she would perform as a go-go dancer. Eventually, Barbeau earned her way onto Broadway with a performance in the chorus for Fiddler on the Roof. Eventually, Barbeau would land the role of Hodel, the daughter of Tevye who had been played by Bette Midler. Barbeau would string together several successful stage performances after her Broadway debut which included shows like Stag Movie, Women Behind Bars, Grease and The Best Little Wh***house in Texas. Barbeau would land a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of Rizzo in Grease.
As Barbeau continued to succeed as a stage performer, her transition to film and television became easier to project. After becoming an established performer, Barbeau would be cast in the television series, Maude (1972). In the series, Barbeau would portray Carol Traynor, a role passed up by Marcia Rodd. Barbeau would play the character for six years across 96 episodes. The work would make Barbeau a household name while simultaneously earning her a Golden Globe nomination.
While Barbeau would become known for her work in Maude, she wouldn't let the project inhibit future prospects. After Maude went off of the air, Barbeau found herself immediately immersed within the world of 80s genre films. Barbeau was first brought on to star in the film The Fog (1980) alongside Jamie Lee Curtis. From there, Barbeau would land major roles in Escape from New York (1981), The Cannonball Run (1981), Swamp Thing (1982) and finally, The Thing (1982). Barbeau's prolific run of cult-classic horror films would help to elevate her as a mainstay in Hollywood.
Even though Barbeau's career had seemingly peaked right at the beginning, she continued to plunge forward as one of the most frequently working performers in the industry. In the early 90s, Barbeau would become a regular on several programs including Batman: The Animated Series (1992). Barbeau would portray Selina Kyle a.k.a Catwoman in the animated series, a role that she continued to perform until 2002. Other notable recurring roles during this period of her career include a six-episode run on The Drew Carey Show (1998) and a recurring role on Carnivale (2003).
Nowadays, Barbeau can be frequently found on a number of animated projects. Barbeau appeared as The Overseer in the videogame, Fallout 76 (2018). She also performed voiceover roles for projects like Halo 4 (2012), Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (2012), American Dad (2015), and Hitman: Absolution (2012).
In her personal life, Barbeau found mainstream notoriety thanks to her marriage to John Carpenter. The duo met on the set of Someone's Watching Me! (1978) before embarking on a romantic relationship that led to a marriage and their son, John 'Cody' Carpenter. Barbeau and Carpenter would separate in 1984. Barbeau would go on to marry Billy Van Zandt in 1992. The couple would have two children before separating in 2018. Nowadays, Barbeau is focused on her film career with half of a dozen projects currently in development.