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Net Worth$5 million
Date Of BirthJune 11, 1945
SpouseBilly Van Zandt (m. 1992), John Carpenter (m. 1979–1984)
MarkThe voice of Catwoman on Batman: The Animated Series
FactIn the horror film The Fog (1980), the two leads, Adrienne Barbeau and Jamie Lee Curtis, do not appear in any scenes together.

Adrienne Jo Barbeau is an American actress and author best known for her roles on the TV series Maude and in horror films, especially in those directed by John Carpenter, with whom she was once married.

Barbeau was born in Sacramento, California, on June 11, 1945, the daughter of Armene (née Lufkin), a public relations executive, and Joseph Barbeau, a television salesman. She has a sister, Jocelyn. of French Canadian descent, Barbeau came to prominence in the 1970s for appearing in several cult horror films, including Tales from the Crypt (1972), The Fog (1980), Creepshow (1982), and Swamp Thing (1982). She also appeared in The Greatest American Hero (1981–1983), Escape from New York (1981), and Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995).

In the 1980s and 1990s, Barbeau had guest starring roles on such television series as The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Hart to Hart, and MacGyver. She also starred in the made-for-TV movies The Great Escape II: The Untold Story (1988) and Mom and Dad Save the World (1992).

From 1977 to 1984, Barbeau was married to director John Carpenter, with whom she collaborated on the films The Fog and Escape from New York. They had two sons, John Cody Carpenter and Andrew Stanton Carpenter.

Barbeau has been married to actor and author Bruce Boxleitner since 1995. They have two children: twins Olivia Rose and William Dalton Boxleitner, born October 16, 1995.

In addition to her acting career, Barbeau is also a singer and author. She has released two albums of original songs, Adrienne Barbeau and There Are Worse Things I Could Do, both of which received critical acclaim. She has also written two books: Vampyres of Hollywood (2006) and Naked Fame: A Memoir (2014).

Barbeau currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

As of 2021, Adrienne Barbeau’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million.

General Info

Full NameAdrienne Barbeau
Net Worth$5 million
Date Of BirthJune 11, 1945
Height1.59 m
ProfessionVoice Actor, Author
EducationFoothill College, Del Mar High School


SpouseBilly Van Zandt (m. 1992), John Carpenter (m. 1979–1984)
ChildrenCody Carpenter, William Dalton Van Zandt, Walker Steven Van Zandt
ParentsJoseph Barbeau, Armene Nalbandian
SiblingsRobert Barbeau, Jocelyn Barbeau


NominationsTony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Drama Series
MoviesSwamp Thing, The Fog, Escape from New York, Creepshow, The Cannonball Run, Two Evil Eyes, Argo, Back to School, Someone's Watching Me!, The Convent, Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death, Fly Me to the Moon, Father Hood, Bridge Across Time, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, Reach for Me, A Wake i...
TV ShowsCarnivàle, Gotham Girls, Maude

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#Marks / Signs
1Seductive deep voice
2Voluptuous figure
3Large brown eyes
4Natural brunette hair
5The voice of Catwoman on Batman: The Animated Series


1[on how the horror genre has changed over the years]: I sense, from reading scripts for roles I'm offered -- most of which are plotless and illogical and nothing more than an excuse to show blood and gore -- that the artistry that colored the genre twenty or thirty years ago has pretty much succumbed to slashers' knives. It's a different kind of horror, that's for sure.
2[on horror films]: I love doing them -- well, the suspenseful, tense, well-written ones; not the slasher, senseless violence, let's get as much blood on the screen as possible ones -- but I don't enjoy watching them. So I can't speak to what sets The Fog (1980) apart from the other films of that era, but I do think that one of the reasons The Fog (1980) is so successful is that John [John Carpenter] wrote fully realized, quirky characters that the audience cares about and identifies with. People remember Stevie Wayne. They love her voice, they love the lighthouse where she works, and they love her heroism.
3[from her memoir "There Are Worst Things I Could Do" (2006)]: It's not easy, though, singing upside down in a headstand on a raised platform with your unfettered breasts hitting you in the chin. I'm a short woman with a pretty good body and large breasts - that's not what I think of as sexy.
4[Of Bea Arthur]: I don't think Bea understood just how loud her voice could be. During intermission, we met in the center aisle, right down by the stage. And she said, "Adrienne, this is the worst piece of shit I've ever seen! I'd leave, but they're all my friends!".
5[on her on- and off-screen chemistry with Bea Arthur, who played Maude Findlay]: She was fantastic. She is fantastic... It was a great experience, all six years. Wonderful people to work with and something to be so incredibly proud of, which I took for granted at the time because I came from stage, so I didn't know television at all. I didn't even know what was on. I didn't know Norman Lear's reputation or anything like that. It took me awhile to realize that I had fallen into such a fantastic work situation. And most of that was because of Bea - because she's such a professional, such a great woman to work with. We had a great time.
6[on the death of Bea Arthur in 2009]: I loved her dearly, and I think she loved me.
7[When she started out as a talented actress years before General Hospital (1963)]: I just had my first sighting. I was in a department store, and a woman came up to me and said, "Excuse me, can you tell me where General Hospital films?".
8[If her own fans from Maude (1972) were everywhere]: I think General Hospital (1963) is probably reaching new people for me, plus people who grew up watching Maude. I have so many people come up to me when I'm at an autograph signing; I have a picture of Bea and Rue McClanahan from Maude. People say, "Oh, I didn't know you were on The Golden Girls (1985).".
9[on her role on Maude (1972)]: If the producers needed information in a scene, my character was the one to do it. What I didn't know is that when I said those things, I was usually walking down a flight of stairs and no one was even listening to me. They were just watching my breasts precede me.
10[In describing Bea Arthur as a private lady, in real-life]: She wasn't interested in the notoriety. She wasn't interested in celebrity. She was interested in making people laugh and doing good work.
11I'm realizing that a soap offers so many opportunities for a woman my age. At this stage in my career, the roles that are available tend to be the judge or the doctor or somebody's mother - that's what happens when you're the guest star of the week. But General Hospital reminds me in a way of Carnivale, where we never knew what was coming next and it was always exciting and fascinating. There's a lot of meat on this soap!
12[on the horror remake The Fog (2005)]: I have not seen it and I have no desire to see it, either.
13[on her role in The Cannonball Run (1981)]: All the talent I needed was in my breastbone.
14Who knew at the time? It's the same as my horror films. It's wonderful at this point in my career to realize there are pieces of work that have sustained themselves all this time. I'll run into people who say, "We watch Swamp Thing (1982) once a month!".


1Credits Bea Arthur as her favorite acting mentor/best friend.
2Surrogate daughter of Bea Arthur.
3Revealed that she had a wonderful working relationship with Bea Arthur on Maude (1972).
4Her acting mentor and former series' lead, Bea Arthur, passed away on April 25, 2009, at age 86. (Bea nearly celebrated her 87th birthday, 2 weeks prior, had she lived, but passed away, before this.).
5Attended and graduated from Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California.
6Attended and graduated from Del Mar High School in San Jose, California.
7Her acting mentor was the late Bea Arthur.
8Because of her busy scheduling, she missed most of the episodes of Maude (1972), during the last two seasons.
9Has appeared with Tom Atkins in four films: The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), Creepshow (1982) and Two Evil Eyes (1990).
10In the horror film The Fog (1980), the two leads, Adrienne Barbeau and Jamie Lee Curtis, do not appear in any scenes together.
11Her memoir, "There Are Worse Things I Could Do", went to #11 on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller list.
12Her role in the horror remake Halloween (2007) was ultimately cut from the final finished film, but was included on the DVD Special Edition.
13The 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.
14Returned to the New York stage for first time in 34 years to portray Judy Garland in "The Property Known as Garland" written by her husband, playwright Billy Van Zandt.
15Sister-in-law of musician and actor Steven Van Zandt.
16Her 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.
17Won the prestigious Theater Guild Award for her portrayal of Betty Rizzo in the original Broadway production of "Grease".
18Was portrayed by Bridget Jones in an episode of the cult television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988).
19Her roles in the horror film The Fog (1980) and Escape from New York (1981) were written specifically with her in mind.
20Nominated 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".
21In 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.
22Worked 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.
23Her father was of three quarters German ancestry, with his other roots being French-Canadian and Irish. Her mother was of Armenian ancestry.
24Has one son with John Carpenter: Cody Carpenter.
25At age 51, she gave birth to identical twin boys, Walker Steven and William Dalton Van Zandt, on March 17, 1997. Their father is her husband, Billy Van Zandt.
26Made her Broadway debut in "Fiddler on the Roof" in 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.




Hell's Kitty2013TV SeriesMrs. Carrie
Sons of Anarchy2013TV SeriesAlice Noone
God of War: Ascension2013Video GameAlethia (voice)
Hitman: Absolution2012Video GameHotel Manager's Wife (voice)
Halo 42012Video GameDr. Tillson (voice)
Argo2012Nina / Serksi the Gallactic Witch
Complacent2012Judy Sanderson
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning2012Video GameClara Sydamus / Additional Voices (voice)
General Hospital2010-2011TV SeriesSuzanne Stanwyck
CSI: NY2011TV SeriesDr. Theola Kumi
The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation2010TV MovieMildred
God of War III2010Video GameHera (voice)
Proposition 8 Trial Re-Enactment2010TV Series documentaryDr. Letitia Peplau
The Dog Who Saved Christmas2009TV MovieCat Lady
Grey's Anatomy2009TV SeriesJodie Crowley
Dexter2009TV SeriesSuzanna Coffey
Batman: Arkham Asylum2009Video GameGretchen Whistler / Voice of Arkham (voice)
Alice Jacobs Is Dead2009ShortAlice Jacobs
War Wolves2009TV MovieGail Cash
Cold Case2008TV SeriesHelen McCormick '08
Reach for Me2008Valerie
Fly Me to the Moon 3D2008Scooter's Mom (voice)
K-Ville2007TV SeriesMarquetta Dinovi
Christmas Do-Over2006TV MovieTrudi
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance2006Video GameSif (voice)
Deceit2006TV MovieKathleen Darrow
Carnivàle2003-2005TV SeriesRuthie
The Drew Carey Show1998-2004TV SeriesKim Harvey
Totally Spies!2002-2004TV SeriesHelga von Guggen
Century City2004TV Series
Ring of Darkness2004TV MovieAlex
Ghost Rock2003Mattie Baker
The Santa Trap2002TV MovieAlice (Homeless Woman)
No Place Like Home2002Evie
Gotham Girls2000-2002TV SeriesCatwoman Selina Kyle Det. Renee Montoya
The Chronicle2002TV SeriesEvelyn Hall
Spring Break Lawyer2001TV MovieJudge Stern
Nash Bridges2001TV SeriesAnnie Corell
Batman Beyond2000TV SeriesSinger
Across the Line2000Mrs. Randall
The Convent2000Adult Christine
A Wake in Providence1999Aunt Lidia
Descent 31999Video GameDr. Katelyn Harper (voice)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine1999TV SeriesCretak
Love Boat: The Next Wave1999TV SeriesGrace Brooks
The Angry Beavers1998TV SeriesToluca Lake
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island1998VideoSimone Lenoir (voice)
The New Batman Adventures1997-1998TV SeriesCatwoman Selina Kyle
Sliders1998TV SeriesMother Morehouse
Adventures from the Book of Virtues1998TV SeriesGreta
Diagnosis Murder1998TV SeriesVivien Sanderson
Shattered Hearts: A Moment of Truth Movie1998TV MovieNancy Muldenhower
Weird Science1997TV SeriesLily
The Wayans Bros.1996TV SeriesTrish Neidermeyer
Flipper1996TV SeriesSydney Brewster
Batman: The Animated Series1992-1995TV SeriesCatwoman Selina Kyle Martha Wayne ...
Burial of the Rats1995TV MovieThe Queen
Judge Dredd1995Central (voice, uncredited)
Babylon 51994TV SeriesAmanda Carter
The George Carlin Show1994TV SeriesBarbara Rossetti
Rebel Highway1994TV SeriesMrs. Sheila Norton
One West Waikiki1994TV SeriesEdna Jaynes
Silk Degrees1994Violet
Demolition Man1993Main Frame Computer (voice, uncredited)
Daddy Dearest1993TV SeriesAnnette
Father Hood1993Celeste
ABC Weekend Specials1993TV SeriesLucindak 'Lucy' Condraj
FBI: The Untold Stories1993TV SeriesMarguerite Dobson
Dream On1992TV SeriesGloria Gantz
Queen Esther1992Video short voice
The Burden of Proof1992TV MovieSilvia Hartnell
Doublecrossed1991TV MovieDebbie Seal
Blood River1991TV MovieGeorgina
CBS Schoolbreak Special1990TV SeriesMary Martelli
Wake, Rattle & Roll1990TV SeriesMrs. Baxter (1990)
Two Evil Eyes1990Jessica Valdemar (segment "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar")
The Easter Story1990Video shortMary Magdalene (voice)
Monsters1989TV SeriesFiona Flynn
Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death1989Dr. Kurtz
Head of the Class1989TV SeriesGloria - Dr. Samuels' Sister
Ultraman: The Adventure Begins1987TV MovieLt. Beth O'Brien (voice)
Open House1987Lisa Grant
Murder, She Wrote1985-1987TV SeriesLynette Bryant / Kathryn
Hotel1984-1986TV SeriesEllie / Barbara Harrington
Back to School1986Vanessa
Terror at London Bridge1985TV MovieLynn Chandler
The Twilight Zone1985TV SeriesMs. Peters (segment "Teacher's Aide")
Seduced1985TV MovieBarbara Orloff
The Next One1984Andrea
Fantasy Island1978-1983TV SeriesAdele Anthony / Brenda Richards / Margo Dean
The Thing1982Computer (voice, uncredited)
Creepshow1982Wilma Northrup (segment "The Crate")
Swamp Thing1982Alice Cable
Charlie and the Great Balloon Chase1981TV MovieSusan O'Neill
The Cannonball Run1981Marcie
Escape from New York1981Maggie
Tourist1980TV MovieBarbara Huggins
Valentine Magic on Love Island1980TV MovieBeverly McGraw
Top of the Hill1980TV MovieElizabeth Stone
The Fog1980Stevie Wayne
The Darker Side of Terror1979TV MovieMargaret Corwin
$weepstake$1979TV Series
Someone's Watching Me!1978TV MovieSophie
Crash1978TV MovieVeronica Daniels
Maude1972-1978TV SeriesCarol Traynor
The Love Boat1978TV SeriesCathy Randall
The Fighting Nightingales1978TV MovieMaj. Kate Steele
Have I Got a Christmas for You1977TV MovieMarcia Levine
Quincy M.E.1977TV SeriesCarol Bowen - Rape Counselor
Red Alert1977TV MovieJudy Wyche
Eight Is Enough1977TV SeriesJennifer Linden
Having Babies1976TV MovieAllie Duggin
The Great Houdini1976TV MovieDaisy White
Love Bites2018pre-production
Death House2017completedNarrator
Before I DoannouncedGeorgia Welch
Bring Me the Head of Lance Henriksenpost-productionAdrienne
Killer: Malevolence 3announcedMeredith
Dimension 4042017TV SeriesWilma
Gates of Darkness2017Rosemary
Real Mature2016ShortNarrator (voice)
ISRA 882016Dr. Withersford
Mad Max2015Video GamePink Eye (voice)
Tales of Halloween2015The Radio DJ (voice)
Revenge2012-2015TV SeriesMarion Harper
Divine Access2015Catherine
American Dad!2015TV SeriesMaxine
Jimmy's Jungle2015Tammy
The Memory Book2014TV MovieSarah
Criminal Minds2014TV SeriesCissy Howard


Love Bites2018book pre-production


Maude1973TV Series performer - 1 episode


Return to 'Escape from New York'2003Video documentary short special thanks
Dieter & Andreas1989Short grateful acknowledgment


The Peter Austin Noto Show2017TV SeriesHerself
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You2016DocumentaryHerself
The Barn Theatre: Tomorrow's Stars Today2016DocumentaryHerself
Criminal Minds: Season 9 - Eyes Only2014Video documentary shortHerself
Tales from the Swamp with Adrienne Barbeau2013Video shortHerself
Celebrity Ghost Stories2012TV Series documentaryHerself
Saturday Nightmares: The Ultimate Horror Expo of All Time!2010VideoHerself
The Joy Behar Show2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Inside Edition2006-2010TV Series documentaryHerself
The New Adventures of Old Christine2010TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight1997-2009TV SeriesHerself
PIX 11 Morning News2008TV SeriesHerself
Today2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Just Desserts: The Making of 'Creepshow'2007Video documentaryHerself
TV Land Confidential2007TV Series documentaryHerself - Interviewee
The View2007TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Whatever Happened To?2007TV SeriesHerself
Big John2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Biography2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Encore with John Palmer2006TV SeriesHerself
Between the Lines2006TV SeriesHerself
TV Land's Top Ten2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Connie Martinson Talks Books2006TV SeriesHerself
Good Day L.A.2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
CNN Live From...2006TV SeriesHerself
Broadway Beat2006TV SeriesHerself
The Many Faces of Catwoman2005Video documentary shortHerself
John Carpenter: Fear Is Just the Beginning... The Man and His Movies2004Video documentaryHerself
The O'Reilly Factor2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Return to 'Escape from New York'2003Video documentary shortHerself
CBS at 752003TV Special documentaryHerself
Pyramid2003TV SeriesHerself
Making 'Carnivàle': The Show Behind the Show2003TV ShortHerself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2003TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Tales from the Mist: Inside 'The Fog'2002Video documentary shortHerself
Inside TV Land: Taboo TV2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
When Cultures Collide: From Perry to Pearl Harbor2002Video documentaryHerself - Presenter (voice)
Crossing Over with John Edward2002TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Squares2001TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch2001TV SeriesHerself
The Test2001TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The Directors1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Home Team with Terry Bradshaw1997TV SeriesHerself
Reel Wild Cinema1997TV SeriesHerself
Caryl & Marilyn: Real Friends1997TV SeriesHerself
The Geraldo Rivera Show1996-1997TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Marilu1995TV SeriesHerself
The Wild West1993TV Mini-Series documentary
The $25,000 Pyramid1987-1991TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
The Horror Hall of Fame II1991TV MovieHerself - Presenter
A.M. Los Angeles1986-1991TV SeriesHerself - Hostess / Herself
The Home Show1991TV SeriesHerself
The $10,000 Pyramid1974-1991TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
The 40th Annual Miss USA Pageant1991TV SpecialHerself - Judge
The Art of Illusion1990Video documentaryNarrator
Relatively Speaking1989TV SeriesHerself
Our Time1985TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1973-1982TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself - Actress / Herself - Co-Hostess
Tom Cottle: Up Close1982TV SeriesHerself
Hour Magazine1982TV SeriesHerself
Fear on Film: Inside 'The Fog'1980TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Alan Hamel Show1979TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1973-1978TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself - Actress
The Paul Ryan Show1977TV SeriesHerself
Battle of the Network Stars III1977TV SpecialHerself - CBS Team
Shoot for the Stars1977TV SeriesHerself
Sha Na Na1977TV SeriesHerself
Battle of the Network Stars1976TV SpecialHerself - CBS Team
Cos1976TV SeriesHerself
The David Steinberg Show1976TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Break the Bank1976TV SeriesHerself
Tattletales1975-1976TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Bowling1976TV SeriesHerself
The Gong Show1976TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Tony Orlando and Dawn1975TV SeriesHerself
You Don't Say1975TV SeriesHerself
The Magnificent Marble Machine1975TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Sweepstakes1975TV SeriesHerself
Blankety Blanks1975TV SeriesHerself
Sammy and Company1975TV SeriesHerself
David Frost Presents1975TV SeriesHerself
Password All-Stars1975TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
The Merv Griffin Show1975TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Rhyme and Reason1975TV SeriesHerself
Match Game 731974TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The Hollywood Squares1974TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The David Frost Show1972TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 26th Annual Tony Awards1972TV SpecialHerself

Archive Footage

Batman: Return to Arkham2016Video GameGretchen Whistler / Voice of Arkham
Revenge2015TV SeriesMarion Harper
13 Nights of Elvira2014TV SeriesDr. Kurtz
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2009TV Series documentaryWilma Northrup
Bimbo Movie Bash1997Dr. Kurtz


Nominated Awards

2004Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, DramaCarnivàle (2003)
1999OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actress in a Syndicated SeriesStar Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)
1991Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest Supporting ActressDue occhi diabolici (1990)
1977Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting Actress - TelevisionMaude (1972)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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