Jun. 11th, 1945
Sacramento, California, USA
5' 3 1/2
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Adrienne Jo Barbeau (born June 11, 1945) is an American actress and the author of three books. Barbeau came to prominence in the 1970s as Broadway's original Rizzo in the musical Grease, and as Carol Traynor, the divorced daughter of Maude Findlay (played by Bea Arthur) in the sitcom Maude. In the early 1980s, Barbeau was a sex symbol, starring in several horror and science fiction films, including The Fog, Creepshow, Swamp Thing, and Escape from New York. During the 1990s, she became known for providing the voice of Catwoman on Batman: The Animated Series and subsequent Batman cartoon series. In the 2000s (decade), she appeared in the HBO series Carnivàle as Ruthie the snake dancer. Barbeau was born and raised in Sacramento, California, the daughter of Armene (née Nalbandian) and Joseph Barbeau, who was a public relations executive for Mobil Oil. Her mother was of Armenian descent and her father's ancestry included French-Canadian, Irish, and German. She has a sister, Jocelyn, and a half brother on her father's side, Robert Barbeau, who still resides in the Sacramento area. She attended Del Mar High School in San Jose, California. In her autobiography, Barbeau says that she first caught the show business bug while entertaining troops at army bases throughout Southeast Asia, touring with the San Jose Civic Light Opera.
- (March 1997) Gave birth to twin boys, Walker and William.
- In her film the "The Fog," the two leads, Adrienne Barbeau and Jamie Lee Curtis, do not appear in any scenes together.
- Returned to NY stage for first time in 34 years to portray Judy Garland in "The Property Known as Garland" written by husband playwright Billy Van Zandt
- Made her Broadway debut in _Fiddler on the Roof (1971)_ (qv) in 1968, where she met another young, up-and-coming actress named 'Bette Midler' (qv). "I guess I adopted some of her enthusiasm and hopefully her street smarts," said Barbeau.
- Worked as a New York city go-go dancer in a Mafia-run nightclub from 1964-1967 while breaking in on Broadway. She quit after the owner decided to turn the place into a bikini bar.
- Mother is of Armenian ancestry.
- The winner of the _The Cannonball Run (1981)_ (qv), she also won the heart of her co-start, 'Burt Reynolds (I)' (qv), who was then at the height of his popularity.
- Her roles in _The Fog (1980)_ (qv) and _Escape from New York (1981)_ (qv) were written specifically with her in mind.