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Where in the Horror are they now? Adrienne Barbeau!

Dec. 3, 2012by: JimmyO
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ADRIENNE BARBEAU

THEN: Any self-respecting horror fan should know the name Adrienne Barbeau. The actress was a staple in the genre for many years, even married to John Carpenter for a time and appearing in a couple of his most impressive films. She was a rarity as she could play the tough chick yet there was nothing masculinized about this voluptuous beauty. I find it hard to name a single modern day horror hottie that comes close to having the curvy goodness that Ms. Barbeau was famous for. And to top it all off, this lovely lady can act from Broadway to Hollywood to Nashville, she has done it all yes, she recorded a country/folk record back in 1998.

While Barbeau had made a name for herself on the popular sitcom Maude for six seasons back in 1972 to 1978, it wasnt until John Carpenters THE FOG (1980) that horror hounds fell in love with this sumptuous siren. As radio DJ Stevie Wayne, the actress made for a winning combination of sexy and smart while still remaining very believable as a mother trying to protect her son from the glowing mist that covered Antonio Bay. While remaining clothed throughout the entire film, she charmed the pants off men everywhere with her strikingly good looks and her crazy sensual voice. If only all DJs had a voice like that.

Throughout the 1980s Barbeau was cast in a number of horror and science fiction films, many of which have become cult classics. Aside from THE FOG, she worked with Carpenter again in ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981) the two met on the set of his gem of a TV movie Someones Watching Me (1978). She also made a very big impression for many a young man with her very revealing turn in Wes Cravens SWAMP THING (1982) and the George Romero/Stephen King collaboration CREEPSHOW in 1982 as well. According to her IMDB page, the actress lent her alluring vocal talents to the not so alluring, but terrifyingly gruesome THE THING (1982) again with Carpenter (the couple divorced soon after in 1984).

This buxom beauty furthered her geek cred by lending her voice to Selina Kyle/Catwoman in several animated Batman television shows. And while she seemed to drift away from horror after the early to mid-Eighties, she always managed to make an impression. With a ton of guest appearances in dozens of television shows as well as memorable roles in THE CANNONBALL RUN (1981) and BACK TO SCHOOL (1986) early on in her career, the actress proved to stand the test of time. So much so that she once again charmed more than just snakes as Ruthie in the HBO series Carnivle in 2003 2005.

NOW: In 2009, the actress appeared in the hit series Dexter as well as the soap opera General Hospital from 2010 to 2011. And much to my Adrienne loving surprise, Barbeau had a terrific little cameo in what is arguably one of the best films of the year as a B-movie actress in Ben Afflecks exceptional ARGO. You might have also caught her in an episode of Revenge as well as heard her voice in the video game Halo 4. Next up, she looks to be playing herself in the tongue-in-cheekishly titled BRING ME THE HEAD OF LANCE HENRIKSEN that is currently in post-production according to IMDB.

It is refreshing to see that while the lovely Adrienne Barbeau may have occasionally stepped away from our beloved genre, she continues to take on some unique and fun roles as well as voiceovers. This multi-talented artist has also written a couple of books including a memoir of her career entitled There Are Worse Things I Could Do the title was inspired by the fact that she was the first to play Rizzo in the original Broadway production of Grease. Recently she made her first foray into fiction in 2008 with Vampyres in Hollywood and its sequel Love Bites in 2010 both co-written with Michael Scott.

With such an amazing body of work as well as an amazing body tell us your favorite Adrienne Barbeau performance? And yes, well count her work as a romulan on an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. For more on one of my favorite genre gals, you can check out her official website here.
Extra Tidbit: Who else would you like to find out where in the horror they've gone? Let us know and we'll track 'em down!

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1:18PM on 12/03/2012
Met her at a con a couple years ago- I did a sketch of the Swamp Thing movie poster and gave it to her- she was really nice and actually quite petite! I'd still date her!
Met her at a con a couple years ago- I did a sketch of the Swamp Thing movie poster and gave it to her- she was really nice and actually quite petite! I'd still date her!
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10:37AM on 12/03/2012

Love Her

She's really awesome and her voice as Catwoman was featured in tons and tons of various Batman episodes. And I have a signed copy of The Fog from her :-)
She's really awesome and her voice as Catwoman was featured in tons and tons of various Batman episodes. And I have a signed copy of The Fog from her :-)
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12:43AM on 12/04/2012

Creepshow......

Just call me Billie! Everyone does!
So obnoxious AND hot at the same time. Love that movie!
Just call me Billie! Everyone does!
So obnoxious AND hot at the same time. Love that movie!
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11:13PM on 12/03/2012

Who could forget her and her Barbeau's in Swamp Thing?

i think that revealing scene shocked me into peburty at the age of 8! Favorite performance though has to be Escape from New York as the silent but tough squeeze of Harry Dean Stanton. The scene where she tries to take the Duke down always stayed with me as tragic but equally badass.
i think that revealing scene shocked me into peburty at the age of 8! Favorite performance though has to be Escape from New York as the silent but tough squeeze of Harry Dean Stanton. The scene where she tries to take the Duke down always stayed with me as tragic but equally badass.
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