She began performing in 1963 with the San Jose Civic Light Opera, and by the time she was 18, she had already entertained our servicemen on army bases throughout South East Asia and was on her way to New York, where she made her Broadway debut as Tevye's second daughter, Hodel, in Fiddler On The Roof. A Tony nomination 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, on the hit series, Maude (currently in reruns on Nick at Nite's TV Land)
Her numerous films for television include the Ace Award winning Doublecrossed: The Barry Seal Story opposite Dennis Hopper; Scott Turow's Burden Of Proof with Hector Elizondo; and most recently NBC's Movie of the Week Shattered Hearts. Weekly audiences have seen her in a recurring role on Drew Carey as Oswald's mom. Other recent series appearances include The Chronicle and Sabrina, The Teenage Witch.
Film audiences know her best from The Fog, Escape From New York, Cannonball Run, Swamp Thing, Creepshow, Two Evil Eyes and Back to School. Recent releases include No Place Like Home, Across the Line, and The Convent. Soon to be released are The Reckoning with Gary Busey and The Santa Trap with Stacy Keach, Shelly Long, Robert Hays and Corbin Bernsen.
Los Angeles audiences have known her as a television talk show host and a weekly book reviewer for KABC talk radio. Her nightclub performances include Harrah's, Reno; The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; the Gardenia and the Moonlight Tango Cafe in Los Angeles.
Adrienne has starred in over 25 musicals and plays, among them Pump Boys & Dinettes; Women Behind Bars; Kander and Ebb's And the World Goes Round; The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Love Letters; the West coast premieres of A Walk On The Wild Side and Drop Dead; the Canadian premiere of Neil Simon's Lost In Yonkers; and the world premiere of What the Rabbi Saw by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore.
Off camera, Adrienne is the voice of Catwoman in Batman, The Animated Series; the spokesperson for various television and radio commercials and the narrator of many books on tape, the Imax film The Living Sea and the A & E special Unmentionables. She has released a CD - not the expected musical showtunes but a great collection of the country, blues, folk and rock tunes she does in her concert appearances across the country.
In March of 1997, Adrienne gave birth to identical twin boys, making her "the only woman in the maternity ward who was a member of AARP." She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Billy Van Zandt, the twins, William and Walker, and her eldest son, Cody.
Adrienne Barbeau Facts
|Birthday||June 11, 1945 (72)|
|Birthplace||Sacramento, California, USA|
|Height||5' 5" (1m65) How tall is Adrienne Barbeau compared to you?|
|Nothing to Fear|
|Perchance to Dream|
|The Demon's Quest: Part 1|
|Scooby-Doo On Zombie Island|
|Across the Line|
|Back To School|
|Bimbo Movie Bash|