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Adrienne Barbeau
Adrienne Barbeau
Adrienne Barbeau plays the part of Carol Traynor, Maude Findlay's daughter, on the "Maude" TV series.
Personal Information
Gender: Female
Born: (1945-06-11) June 11, 1945 (age 79)
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, U.S.
Actress / Voice actor
Official website
Character/Series involvement
Series: Maude (TV series) (main cast)
Episodes appeared in: 95 in Seasons 1-6
Character played: Carol Traynor, Maude Findlay's daughter
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Adrienne Barbeau (pronounced BAR-bo; born June 11, 1945) is an American actress and author. Barbeau came to prominence in the 1970's, as Broadway's original Rizzo in the musical, Grease, and as Carol Traynor, Maude Findlay's daughter, in the sitcom, Maude.


In the late 1960s, Adrienne moved to New York City and worked "for the mob"[1] as a Go-Go dancer. She made her Broadway debut in the chorus of Fiddler on the Roof, and later took the role of Hodel, Tevye's daughter; Bette Midler played her character's sister. She left Fiddler in 1971 to play the leading role of Cookie Kovac in the off-Broadway nudie musical Stag Movie.

Adrienne, appearing as Cookie Kovac, and Brad Sullivan, as Rip Cord, were "quite jolly and deserve to be congratulated on the lack of embarrassment they show when, on occasion, they have to wander around stark naked. They may not be sexy but they certainly keep cheerful," wrote The New York Times theater critic Clive Barnes in an otherwise negative review.[2] Barbeau went on to star in more than 25 musicals and plays, including Women Behind Bars, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Grease. She received a Theater World Award and a 1972 Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of tough-girl Rizzo in Grease.

"Maude" TV series[]

During the 1970s, Barbeau starred as Carol Traynor, the daughter of Bea Arthur's title character on the comedy series Maude, which ran from 1972 to 1978 (actress Marcia Rodd had originated the role of Carol in a 1972 episode of All in the Family, also titled "Maude", alongside Arthur). In her autobiography, There Are Worse Things I Could Do, Barbeau 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."

During the last season of Maude, Barbeau did not appear in the majority of the episodes. In a 2009 Entertainment Tonight TV interview, Barbeau mentioned that she had good on- and off-camera chemistry with Arthur; she said that the two stayed close until Arthur's death on April 25, 2009. Adrienne and Beatrice reunited on camera during a 2007 taping of The View, reminiscing about their long-running friendship and their years as co-stars on Maude.

In the early 1980's, Adrienne became a sex symbol and genre star, after starring in The Fog, which was followed by several other horror and science fiction films. During the 1990s, she became known for providing the voice of Catwoman on Batman: The Animated Series.

Personal life[]

Barbeau was married to director John Carpenter from January 1, 1979, to 1984. The two met on the set of his television movie, Someone's Watching Me! (1978). The couple had a son, John Cody (born May 7, 1984) shortly before they separated. During their marriage, the couple lived in Hollywood Hills but according to Barbeau remained "totally outside Hollywood's social circles".

Barbeau married actor/playwright/producer Billy Van Zandt, 13 years her junior, on December 31, 1992. The two met in 1991 when Barbeau was cast in the west coast premiere of his play, Drop Dead! Billy is the half-brother of musician/actor Steven Van Zandt. She gave birth to twin boys, Walker Steven and William Dalton Van Zandt, on March 17, 1997, at age 51, claiming she was the only one on the maternity ward who was also a member of AARP.[3]


  • Casting Barbeau in Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, may have been a nod to her work on The Fog and Batman: The Animated Series.


  1. There Are Worse Things I Could Do,Barbeau, Adrienne (April 15, 2006). . Carroll & Graf. ISBN 0-7867-1637-1.
  2. Clive Barnes. "Stage: '71 Is Off to a Lamentable Start; 'Stag Movie,' a Musical, Opens at the Gate", The New York Times(.com), January 4, 1971, p. 39. Retrieved on June 15, 2012. 
  3. Adrienne Barbeau Biography. IMDb. Retrieved on July 29, 2007.

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