Adrienne Barbeau Biography

Adrienne Barbeau is an American born actress, singer, and author from Sacramento, California.  She is popular for her roles in horror films and her role as in TV series Maude. 

Adrienne began her career in 1963 with the San Jose Civic Light Opera. She attended Del Mar High School in San Jose, California. After graduating high school, she traveled with a musical comedy revue, entertaining our servicemen on Army bases throughout Southeast Asia. In 1965, she moved to New York where she made her Broadway debut as Tevye’s second daughter, Hodel, in Fiddler on the Roof. A Tony nomination and a Theatre World Award for her creation of Rizzo in the original Broadway production of Grease led her back to California and the role of Bea Arthur’s daughter, Carol, in the hit series Maude.

Since then she has become the best selling author, a recording artist, and the star of numerous features, films for television, concert performances, musicals, and plays.

Movie fans know her best for her performances in The Fog, Escape From New York, Creepshow, Swamp Thing, Back to School, and Cannonball Run. Her recent films include the Academy Award-winning ARGO, Tales of Halloween, Divine Access, and the upcoming releases of Death House, The Chain, Apple Seed, The Eagle, and the Albatross, and Flyzone.

Adrienne has a Golden Globe nomination and over 450 screen performances to her credit. She starred as Ruthie, the Snake Dancer, on HBO’s fascinating series, Carnivale. She was Oswald’s mom on Drew Carey, Victoria Grayson’s mom on Revenge, and Suzanne Stanwyck on General Hospital. Her recent television appearances include Criminal Minds, Sons of Anarchy, and the Hulu series Dimension404.

Having starred in over 25 theatrical productions in the U.S. and Canada, Adrienne spent most of 2015 playing Berthe, Pippin’s grandmother, in the National Tour of Pippin, singing “No Time At All” as she hung upside down from a trapeze.

Off-camera, Adrienne is the voice of Catwoman in Batman, The Animated Series, Ms. Simone inScooby-Do on Zombie Island, and Scooter’s Mom in the 3-D animated film Fly Me To The Moon. She can be heard in a myriad of video games: God of War and Halo 4 among them.

Adrienne Barbeau Age

She was born on June 11, 1945, in Sacramento, California, USA.

Adrienne Barbeau Family

Her parents are Armenian (née Nalbandian) and Joseph Barbeau, who was a public relations executive for Mobil Oil. Her father’s ancestry included French-Canadian, Irish, and German while her mother was of Armenian descent. She has two siblings a sister, Jocelyn, and a half brother on her father’s side, Robert Barbeau.

Adrienne Barbeau Husband

Barbeau married Billy Van Zandt, actor/ playwright/producer, on 31st December 1992. Billy is 13 years younger than Barbeau. The two met in 1991 when Barbeau was cast on the west coast premiere of Billy’s play, Drop Dead!.

She was previously married to director John Carpenter on 1st January 1979. The two met on the set of John’s television movie Someone’s Watching Me! (1978). They separated and later divorced in 1984.

Adrienne Barbeau Children

Barbeau has three children; a son John Cody born on 7th May 1984, from her first marriage to John Carpenter. She has a set of twins Walker Steven and William Dalton Van Zandt, on March 17, 1997. She delivered the twins at the age of 51 and she claims that she was the only one on the maternity ward who was also a member of AARP.

Adrienne Barbeau Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of $5 million.

Adrienne Barbeau Books

  • 2006: There Are Worse Things I Could Do
  • 2010: Love Bites
  • 2015: Make Me Dead
  • Fantasy Collection: Crystal Line, Witchlight, Crisis on Doona

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