Friday, September 4, 2015

#58 Adrienne Barbeau *

* - author has her autograph

Most B-movie actresses typically don’t start out on Broadway. Adrienne Barbeau did though. In fact, she won a Theatre Guild Award and a Tony nomination for her role as Rizzo in Grease. So, it’s not exactly Lady MacBeth, but it is a notch up from the romantic interest in Swamp Thing.

Adrienne had no illusions about her appeal.  Of Cannonball Run, she once said, “All the talent I needed was in my breastbone.” And of her turn as Maude's daughter in the TV show, she remarked:

What I didn't know is that when I said [my lines] 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.

Embarrassing Real Birthplace:  Sacramento

Embarrassing Movies

  • Valentine Magic on Love Island
  • Scooby Doo on Zombie Island
  • The Darker Side of Terror
  • Swamp Thing *
  • Burial of the Rats *
  • Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines

  • Science transformed him into a monster. Love changed him even more!
  • Lock your doors. Bolt your windows. There's something in THE FOG!
  • Look closely at your neighbor ... Trust no-one ... They might be THE THING

Embarrassing Characters

  • Marquetta Dinovi
  • Helga Von Guggen
  • Dr. Letitia Peplau
  • Cretak
  • Toluca Lake
  • Serksi the Gallactic Witch

Whiffs of Scandal:   

  • Worked as a go-go dancer in a Mafia-run New York City nightclub (check out this great – and very weird – sample of her moves)
  • Was in an off-Broadway nudie musical called Stag Movie
  • A fair amount of nude photos out there

Interesting Tidbits

  • Is half Armenian
  • Won the Cannonball Run
  • Was a Star Trek babe
  • Was married to horror director John Carpenter
  • Gave birth to twins at age 51
  • Has authored three books (a bio & 2 vampire novels)
  • Has released an album of folk songs

Where can I learn more?   

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

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