Made her Broadway debut in "Fiddler on the Roof" (1968), where she met another young, up-and-coming actress named Bette Midler. "I guess I adopted some of her enthusiasm and hopefully her street smarts," said Barbeau.
At age 51, she gave birth to identical twin boys, Walker Steven and William Dalton Van Zandt, on March 17, 1997. Their father is her ex-husband, Billy Van Zandt.
Has one son with John Carpenter: Cody Carpenter (born John Cody Carpenter).
Her father was of three quarters German ancestry, with his other roots being French-Canadian and Irish. Her mother was of Armenian ancestry.
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.
In 1978, a poster of Adrienne Barbeau wearing a tight purple corset was a bestseller. The poster's image later served as a cover photo for her autobiography.
Nominated for a 1972 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for her portrayal of bad-girl Betty Rizzo in the original Broadway production of "Grease".
Her roles in the horror film The Fog (1980) and Escape from New York (1981) were written specifically with her in mind.
Won the prestigious Theater Guild Award for her portrayal of bad-girl Betty Rizzo in the original Broadway production of "Grease".
Her nude scene in Swamp Thing (1982) was intended only for European release but eventually made its way onto an American DVD of the movie -- until a Texas housewife complained of her sons' inadvertently viewing nudity in a PG-rated movie, at which point the DVD was recalled.
Ex sister-in-law of musician and actor Steven Van Zandt.
Returned to the New York stage for first time in 34 years to portray Judy Garland in "The Property Known as Garland" written by her then husband, playwright Billy Van Zandt.
The winner of The Cannonball Run (1981), she also won the heart of her co-star, Burt Reynolds, who was then at the height of his popularity.
Her role in the horror remake Halloween (2007) was ultimately deleted from the final finished film, but was included on the DVD Special Edition.
Her memoir, "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" (2006), went to #11 on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller list.
In the horror film The Fog (1980), the two leads, Adrienne Barbeau and Jamie Lee Curtis, do not appear in any scenes together.
Has appeared with Tom Atkins in four films: The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), Creepshow (1982) and Two Evil Eyes (1990).
Has appeared in four films directed by her ex-husband John Carpenter: Someone's Watching Me! (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981) and The Thing (1982).
She was considered for the role of the mythic being Ardra in the fourth season episode Star Trek: The Next Generation: Devil's Due (1991), which went to Marta DuBois.
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.
Her acting mentor is the late Bea Arthur. Many years before Maude (1972), both Arthur and Barbeau performed in the original Broadway production of "Fiddler on the Roof".
Her acting mentor and former series' lead, Bea Arthur, passed away on April 25, 2009, two weeks before her 87th birthday.
Revealed that she had a wonderful working relationship with Bea Arthur on Maude (1972).
Comedic actress Bea Arthur, took her under her wing, since she was age 27. The friendship lasted for 37 years, until Arthur's death in 2009.
Attended and graduated from Del Mar High School in San Jose, California.
Attended Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California.
As an actress, she was highly influenced by Bea Arthur.
On account of her busy scheduling, she had to miss the majority of the episodes of [Maude (1972)], for the last two seasons.
According to Bea Arthur, she said in an interview that she would have had Marcia Rodd to play the role of Carol Traynor, rather than Barbeau, herself. Rodd played Carol in the All in the Family (1971) spin-off episode stronger with "more of a mouth", which made their fight scenes more exciting. When Maude (1972) became its own series they hired Barbeau, who played the role "softer" much to Bea's dismay.
Was born in the same city and in the same year as Randolph Mantooth, and is three months older than him.
Was one of the Miss Wrestling on Big Time Wrestling.
With the passing of Bill Macy on October 17, 2019, she is the last surviving regular cast member of Maude (1972).
As an unfamiliar actress, she was mentored into the business by comedic actress Bea Arthur. Her first television exposure with Arthur was a co-starring role opposite her in the Maude (1972) series, which was a spin-off of All in the Family (1971). Barbeau played Arthur's daughter, Carol Traynor, for 93/141 episodes.
During her USO tour of Southeast Asia she was paid $7 per day.
Attended the Conservatory of Music as a child.
Was working in a beauty salon when she was discovered by a Board Member of the San Jose Civic Light Opera. This led to her casting in their production of The King & I.