From Publishers Weekly
Barbeau hits 60 fabulously in this straightforward, muscularly written memoir of the acting life. The Maude
star proves herself a writer with flair, as well as a passionate singer, though she gained fame as a stage actress in New York City once she left her San Jose, Calif., home at age 19 in 1964. The daughter of Armenian parents, Barbeau was often typecast in ethnic parts thanks to her dark, bosomy good looks; working as a go-go girl, she got her first break in Fiddler on the Roof
. After the nude musical Stag Movie
and the hit Grease
, Barbeau flew to L.A. to audition for Norman Lear's '70s spinoff to All in the Family
, starring Bea Arthur. To Barbeau's astonishment, she was hired after an extensive search to play Maude's feminist daughter, Carole, and she stayed for all six years the show ran. Suddenly a recognizable star, she dated a string of sexy men including Burt Reynolds; she married director John Carpenter, who cast her in his forgettable suspense films. Barbeau found happiness in a second marriage with Billy Van Zandt, and motherhood, with twins, at 51. Endearingly, Barbeau never considered herself a sex symbol and only wanted to be loved for her singing. (May)
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About the Author
Film, television, and Broadway star, Adrienne Barbeau's career spans forty years and is still evolving. 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. Adrienne's numerous films for television include the Ace Award winning Double Crossed: The Barry Seal Story opposite Dennis Hopper, Scott Turow's Burden of Proof with Hector Elizondo, and most recently, The Santa Trap with Stacy Keach and Robert Hays. Audiences will also remember her from Drew Carey as Oswald's mom and her starring, as Ruthie in HBO's fascinating series Carnivàle. 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. Adrienne was recently seen starring in the Off Broadway show, The Property Known as Garland, written by Billy Van Zandt and directed by Glenn Casale.