Barbeau, Adrienne 1945–

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BARBEAU, Adrienne 1945–


Full name, Adrienne Jo Barbeau; born June 11, 1945, in Sacramento, CA; married John Carpenter (a director), January 1, 1979 (divorced, 1984); married Billy Van Zandt (a television writer and producer), January 1992; children: (first marriage) John Cody; (second marriage) Walker Steven, William Dalton (twins). Education: Attended Foothill College, Los Altos, CA; trained privately in voice and ballet.

Addresses: Agent—Gage Group, 9255 Sunset Blvd., Suite 515, Los Angeles, CA 90069; The Artists Group East, 1650 Broadway, Suite 711, New York, NY 10019; The Artists Group, 10100 Santa Monica Blvd., #2490, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Manager—Barry Krost Management, 9465 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 430, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Actress. Did voiceovers for commercials; has performed in lounge acts in clubs; performed with San Jose Light Opera Company; worked as a go–go dancer. Entertainment Industry Committee for Safety Belts, honorary chairperson; Concern II (for children's cancer research), honorary chairperson.

Awards, Honors: Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best supporting or featured actress in a musical, and Theatre World Award, both 1972, for Grease; Golden Globe Award nomination, best supporting actress—television, 1977, for Maude; Golden Satellite Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series—drama, 2004, for Carnivale.


Film Appearances:

(Film debut) Stevie Wayne, The Fog (also known as John Carpenter's "The Fog"), Avco–Embassy, 1980.

Maggie, Escape from New York (also known as John Carpenter's "Escape from New York"), Avco–Embassy, 1981.

Marcia Thatcher, The Cannonball Run, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1981.

Alice Cable, Swamp Thing, Embassy, 1982.

Wilma "Billie" Northrup, "The Crate," Creepshow (also known as Cuentos de ultratumba), Warner Bros., 1982.

(Uncredited) Computer voice, The Thing (also known as John Carpenter's "The Thing"), 1982.

Andrea Johnson, The Next One (also known as O taxidiotis tou chronou and The Time Traveller), Allstar, 1984.

Vanessa Melon, the new wife, Back to School, Orion, 1986.

Lisa Grant, Open House, Intercontinental, 1987.

Dr. Kurtz, Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (also known as Jungle Heat and Piranha Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death), Guacamole, 1989.

Jessica Valdemar, "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar," Two Evil Eyes (also known as Due Occhi Diabolici), Taurus Entertainment, 1990.

Narrator, The Art of Illusion (documentary), 1990.

Celeste, Father Hood (also known as Desperado, Honor among Thieves, and Mike Hardy), Buena Vista, 1993.

Violet, Silk Degrees (also known as Target Witness), Imperial Entertainment, 1994.

Bimbo Movie Bash, Amazing Fantasy Entertainment, 1997.

Aunt Lidia, A Wake in Providence, Mister P. Productions, 1999.

Mrs. Randall, Across the Line, 2000.

Adult Christine, The Convent, Alpine Pictures, 2000.

Evie, No Place Like Home, 2001.

Herself, Tales from the Mist: Inside "The Fog" (documentary short film), Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer Home Entertainment, 2002.

Mattie Baker, Ghost Rock (also known as The Reckoning), Lions Gate Films, 2003.

Herself, Return to "Escape from New York" (documentary short film), Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer Home Entertainment, 2003.

Television Appearances; Series:

Carol Traynor, Maude, CBS, 1972–78.

Voice of mom, Wake, Rattle, and Roll (animated; also known as Monster Tails and Fender Bender 500), syndicated, 1990–91.

Voice of Catwoman/Selina Kyle, The Adventures of Batman and Robin (animated; also known as Batman: The Animated Series and Batman), Fox, 1992, 1994–95.

Voice of Catwoman/Selina Kyle, Batman: Gotham Knights (animated), WB, 1997.

Voice of Catwoman/Selina Kyle, Gotham Girls (animated), 2002.

Ruthie, Carnivale, HBO, 2003.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Elizabeth Stone, The Top of the Hill, syndicated, 1980.

Sylvia Hartnell, Scott Turow's "The Burden of Proof" (also known as The Burden of Proof), ABC, 1992.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Allie Duggin, Having Babies (also known as Giving Birth), ABC, 1976.

Daisy White, The Great Houdini (also known as The Great Houdinis), ABC, 1976.

Judy Wyche, Red Alert, CBS, 1977.

Margo Dean, Return to Fantasy Island (also known as Fantasy Island II), ABC, 1978.

Veronica Daniels, Crash, the True Story of Flight 401 (also known as Crash and Crash of Flight 401), ABC, 1978.

Sophie, Someone's Watching Me! (also known as High Rise), NBC, 1978.

Margaret Corwin, The Darker Side of Terror, 1979.

Barbara Huggins, Tourist, Operation Prime Time, 1980.

Beverly McGraw, Valentine Magic on Love Island (also known as Magic on Love Island), NBC, 1980.

Susan O'Neil, Charlie and the Great Balloon Chase (also known as Charlie's Balloon), NBC, 1981.

Barbara Orloff, Seduced, CBS, 1985.

Lynn Chandler, Bridge across Time (also known as Arizona Ripper and Terror at London Bridge) NBC, 1985.

Georgina, Blood River, CBS, 1991.

Debbie Seal, Doublecrossed (also known as The True Story of Barry Seal), HBO, 1991.

Mrs. Norton, Jailbreakers (also known as Rebel Highway), Showtime, 1994.

Queen, "Bram Stoker's 'Burial of the Rats'" (also known as "Burial of Rats"), Roger Corman Presents, Showtime, 1995.

Voice of Simone Lenoir, Scooby–Doo on Zombie Island, 1998.

Nancy Muldenhower, Don't Die My Love (also known as A Champion's Fight: A Moment of Truth Movie, A Champion's Fight, and Shattered Hearts), NBC, 1998.

Judge Stern, Spring Break Lawyer, MTV, 2001.

Homeless woman, The Santa Trap, PAX, 2002.

Alex, The Ring of Truth, 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

CBS team member, Battle of the Network Stars, ABC, 1976.

CBS team member, Battle of the Network Stars III, ABC, 1977.

Marcia Levine, Have I Got a Christmas for You!, NBC, 1977.

Herself, Fear on Film: Inside "The Fog" (documentary), 1980.

Mary Martelli, "The Fourth Man," CBS Schoolbreak Specials, CBS, 1990.

The Horror Hall of Fame II, syndicated, 1991.

Judge, The 1991 Miss USA Pageant (also known as The 40th Annual Miss USA Pageant), CBS, 1991.

Voice of Madame Isabelle Burns, The Wild West, syndicated, 1993.

Lucindak "Lucy" Condraj, "The Parsley Garden," ABC Weekend Specials, ABC, 1993.

Voice, In Search of the Oregon Trail, PBS, 1996.

Narrator, Death of a Dream: Karyn Kupcinet: The E! True Hollywood Story (documentary), E! Entertainment Television, 1999.

Narrator, Unmentionables: A Brief History (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 1999.

Narrator, Kids and Animals: A Healing Partnership (documentary), Animal Planet, 1999.

Herself, Making "Carnivale": The Show Behind the Show (documentary), HBO, 2003.

Also appeared in The David Frost Special.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Major Kate Steele, The Fighting Nightingales, CBS, 1978.

The Real Trivial Pursuit, ABC, 1985.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976.

Herself, Match Game 73, 1974.

The $10,000 Pyramid, 1974, 1975.

Herself, The Hollywood Squares, 1975.

Herself, Match Game PM, 1975.

Herself, The $20,000 Pyramid, 1976, 1977.

Jennifer Linden, "Turnabout," Eight Is Enough, 1977.

Carol Bowen, "Let Me Light the Way," Quincy (also known as Quincy M.E.), 1977.

Marcia Levine, "Have I Got a Christmas for You," Hallmark Hall of Fame, 1977.

Cathy Randall, "Hollywood Royalty/The Caper/The Eyes of Love/The Masquerade: Parts 1 & 2," The Love Boat, ABC, 1978.

Brenda Richards, "The Pug/Class of '69," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1979.

Sweepstakes (also known as $weepstake$), NBC, 1979.

Adele Anthony, "Midnight Waltz/Let Them Eat Cake," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1983.

Barbara Harrington, "Tomorrows," Hotel, 1984.

Herself, Our Time, 1985.

The $100,000 Pyramid, 1985.

Miss Peters, "Teacher's Aide," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1985.

Kathryn, "Jessica behind Bars," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1985.

Ellie, "Shadow Play," Hotel, 1986.

Lynette Bryant, "The Bottom Line Is Murder," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1987.

"All in a Day's Work," Monsters, syndicated, 1988.

Gloria Gantz, "Bad Girls," Dream On, HBO, 1992.

"You Bet Your Life," Daddy Dearest, 1993.

Barbara Rossetti, The George Carlin Show, Fox, 1994.

Amanda Carter, "A Spider in the Web," Babylon 5, syndicated, 1994.

Carla Jaynes, "Model for Murder," One West Waikiki, CBS, 1994.

Trish Neidermeyer, "New Lease on Life," The Wayans Bros., The WB, 1996.

Sydney Brewster, "Surf Gang," Flipper, 1996.

In the Prime, PBS, 1997.

Lily, "Show Chett," Weird Science, USA Network, 1997.

Mother Morehouse, "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?," Sliders, Sci–Fi Channel, 1998.

Vivien Sanderson, "Rain of Terror," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1998.

Kim Harvey, "My Best Friend's Wedding," The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 1998.

Kim Harvey, "Cain and Mabel," The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 1998.

Grace Brooks, "Three Stages of Love," The Love Boat: The Next Wave, UPN, 1999.

Senator Cretak, "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, UPN, 1999.

Herself, "Wes Craven," The Directors, 1999.

Grace Brooks, "Three Stages of Love," The Love Boat: The Next Wave, UPN, 1999.

Senator Creek, "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, syndicated, 1999.

Kim Harvey, "Up on the Roof," The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 1999.

Voice of singer, "Out of the Past," Batman Beyond (animated), The WB, 2000.

Annie Corell, "Something Borrowed," Nash Bridges, CBS, 2001.

Herself, "The Gift of Gab," Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, The WB, 2001.

Evelyn Hall, "Tears of a Clone," The Chronicle, Sci–Fi Channel, 2002.

Voice of Helga von Guggen, "Wild Styles," Totally Spies, ABC Family, 2002.

Kim Harvey, "Look Mom, One Hand!," The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 2002.

Herself, Pyramid, syndicated, 2003.

Herself, Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC, 2003.

Herself, The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News, 2004.

Voice of Helga von Guggen, "Fashion Faux Pas," Totally Spies (animated), Cartoon Network, 2004.

Kim Harvey, "Drew Hunts Silver Fox," The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 2004.

Kim Harvey, "Finale," The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 2004.

Also appeared in Quincy; Tony Orlando and Dawn; The Bobby Vinton Show; Head of the Class; Hotel; Daddy Dearest; "George Romero," The Directors; as Marguerite Dobson, "Dapper Drew," The FBI: Untold Stories; Mona Bronsan, "The Haunting," Century City.

Stage Appearances:

(Broadway debut) Hodel, Fiddler on the Roof, Majestic Theatre, New York City, 1968—.

Rizzo, Grease, Broadway production, 1971–72.

Made stage debut in The King and I, San Jose Light Opera Company; also appeared Women behind Bars, Los Angeles; Pump Boys and Dinettes, Los Angeles; Strange Snow, Los Angeles; Drop Dead, Los Angeles; Lost in Yonkers, Canada; Love Letters; The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.


Toured in a musical revue, San Jose Light Opera Company and U.S. State Department, Southeast Asian cities.


Video Games:

Voice of Dr. Katelyn Harper, Descent 3 (also known as D3), 1999.

Taped Readings:

Judith Krantz's "Mistral's Daughter," 1996.

Jane Heller's "Internal Affairs," 1996.


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People Weekly, May 12, 1997, p. 38; December 29, 1997, p. 146.


Adrienne Barbeau Official Site,, February 1, 2005.