Born: 11 June 1945
Birthplace: Sacramento, California
Best known as: The buxom star of the B-movies The Fog and Swamp Thing
Adrienne Barbeau was the original Betty Rizzo in Grease
on Broadway, and in the 1970s she co-starred on the TV series Maude
(1972-76) as a divorced daughter who moves back in with her mother. But it was her full-figured appearance in such films as The Fog
(1980, with Janet Leigh
), Swamp Thing
(1982) and Burial of the Rats
(1995) that gave Barbeau her a reputation as a modern B-movie queen. In later years she became the voice of the animated Catwoman on television, appeared on Drew Carey
's show in 2004 and co-starred in the HBO series Carnivale
(2003-05). She was also much in the news in 1997, when at age 51 she gave birth to twin boys William and Walker. She published the memoir There Are Worse Things I Could Do
in 2006 and her first novel, Vampyres of Hollywood
, in 2009.
Other B-movie specialists include Shannon Tweed and John Waters… Barbeau was married to director John Carpenter from 1979-84; she married writer-producer Billy Van Zandt in 1992.
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