| Film, Television, and Broadway Star, Concert Stage and Recording Artist, Adrienne Barbeau's career spans 40 years and is still evolving.
She began performing in 1963 with the San Jose Civic Light Opera and by the time she was 18, she had already entertained our servicemen on army bases throughout South East Asia and was on her way to New York where she made her Broadway debut as Tevye's second daughter, Hodel, in Fiddler on the Roof . A Tony nomination for her creation of Rizzo in the original Broadway production of Grease led her back to California and the role of Bea Arthur's daughter, Carol, in the hit series Maude (currently in reruns on Nick at Nite's TV Land.)
Adrienne's numerous films for television include the Ace Award winning Double Crossed: The Barry Seal Story opposite Dennis Hopper and Scott Turow's Burden of Proof with Hector Elizondo. Lifetime Network audiences can see her in the often repeated Shattered Hearts and Drew Carey fans know her as Oswald's mom. She has just completed two seasons on HBO's fascinating series Carnivale , starring as Ruthie the Snake Dancer.
Film audiences know her best from The Fog, Escape from New York, Swamp Thing, Cannonball Run, Creepshow, Back to School ,Two Evil Eyes, and The Convent . Soon to be released is the feature comedy A Wake in Providence and the horror film The Unholy .
Los Angeles audiences have known her as a television talk show host and a weekly book reviewer for KABC talk radio. Her nightclub performances include Harrah's, Reno; The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; the Gardenia and the Moonlight Tango Cafe in Los Angeles.
Adrienne has starred in over 25 musicals and plays, among them Pump Boys & Dinettes; Women Behind Bars ; Kander and Ebb's And the World Goes Round ;The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Love Letters ; the West coast premieres of A Walk on the Wild Side and Drop Dead ; the Canadian premiere of Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers ; and the world premiere of What the Rabbi Saw by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore. Most recently she returned to Fiddler on the Roof as Tevye's wife, Golde. "I figure if I live long enough, I'll be playing Golde's grandmother, Tzeitle."
Off camera, Adrienne is the voice of Catwoman in Batman, The Animated Series ; the spokesperson for various television and radio commercials and the narrator of many books on tape, television documentaries, and the Imax film The Living Sea . She has released a cd - not the expected musical showtunes but a great collection of the country, blues, jazz and pop tunes she does in her concert appearances across the country.
Adrienne has just completed a collection of stories about her life titled There Are Worse Things I Could Do (Carroll & Graf publishers) which will be in bookstores April 10th, and is also performing Off-Broadway at the Actors' Playhouse in a new, two character play entitled The Property Known as Garland , written by Billy Van Zandt and directed by Glenn Casale.