Adrienne Barbeau | Biography

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  • Full Name Adrienne Jo Barbeau
  • Nickname Adrienne Barbeau
  • Occupation Actress & Author
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Sacramento, California, USA
  • Birth Date Jun 11, 1945
  • Age 79 Years, 0 Months
Carol Traynor on sitcom 'Maude'

Adrienne Barbeau | Biography

Writer of Vampire Novels

Maude revolves around the titular character, Maude Findlay, played by Bea Arthur, a liberal, independent woman living in Tuckahoe, New York. Barbeau played the role of Carol Traynor for 125 episodes from 1972 to 1978.

Adrienne Barbeau is an American actress well known for her role in the sitcom series Maude.

Who is Adrienne Barbeau?

Adrienne Barbeau is an American writer and actress. She began her acting career after appearing in the TV series Maude as Carol Traynor, one of her most recognized roles. She played the role for 125 episodes from 1972 to 1978.

In 1976, Barbeau landed a role in The Great Houdini TV movie. The following year she appeared on TV series such as Eight Is EnoughQuincy M.E.Have I Got a Christmas for YouRed Alert, and more.

During the 1990s, she was widely known for voicing the role of Catwoman in Batman: The Animated Series (1992). She was also featured in several credits like Silk Degrees (movie 1994), The Wayans Bros. (TV series 1996), Shattered Hearts: A Moment of Truth Movie (TV movie 1998), Love Boat: The Next Wave (TV series 1999), and others.

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Barbeau has starred in over 150 acting credits during her long acting career. Her most recent appearance was in the 2022 short film Early Retirement as Pat. Before that, she was featured in the movie Hellblazers the same year.

Barbeau also has an upcoming project titled The Pitch-Fork, which is currently pre-production.

Besides, Barbeau is also a writer and started writing a series of vampire novels at 50. She told Closer Weekly in an interview in 2020, "It happened quite by chance: In 1998, I lost my closest friend — a film editor — to breast cancer, and she left a real void in my life."

Age and Early Life 

Adrienne Barbeau was born in Sacramento, California, on 11 June 1945. 

She went to Del Mar High School in San Jose, California. She later graduated from Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California.


Maude is a sitcom television series and the spin-off of the 1971 TV show All in the Family. The series aired from 12 September 1972 to 22 April 1978 on the CBS network.

Maude revolves around the titular character, Maude Findlay, played by Bea Arthur, a liberal, independent woman living in Tuckahoe, New York. 

Barbeau played the role of Carol Traynor for 125 episodes from 1972 to 1978.

First Husband

Barbeau was first married to director John Carpenter from 1979 to 1984. The couple met on a TV show and worked together before falling in love. They did four films together.

Barbeau and Carpenter also had a son named John "Cody" Carpenter, born in 1984. However, they eventually divorced, after which Carpenter got married to Sandy King.

Carpenter was born in the town of Carthage, New York. His family later moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, and attended Western Kentucky University. After that, Carpenter went to the University of Southern California's film school in Los Angeles.

Carpenter started making short films in 1962. Since then, he has created several movies and TV series. In 1970, he won an 'Academy Award' for 'Best Live-Action Short Subject' for The Resurrection of Broncho Billy (1970). His most recent film, The Ward, was released eleven years ago. 

Second Husband 

Barbeau remarried her second husband, Billy Van Zandt, an actor and producer, on 31 December 1992. The couple has twin boys, Walker Steven and William Dalton Van Zandt, born on 17 March 1997. Unfortunately, the pair filed for divorce in 2018.

In an interview with Closer Weekly in 2019, Barbeau mentioned that her son, Walker, attends the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. And William is graduating from Brown University and is pursuing a career as a music producer.

Adrienne Barbeau, Son William Dalton Van Zandt with Second Husband in 2019
Adrienne Barbeau with Son William Dalton Van Zandt in 2019 (Photo: Twitter)

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