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Pretty, buxom, brunette player of stage and screen who may be best known as Carol Trener, divorced daughter of Bea Arthur on "Maude" (CBS, 1972-78), Norman Lear's groundbreaking sitcom. While the role provided high visibility, Barbeau had little to do on the series. It, however, opened the door to a slew of TV-movies, specials, and guest spots beginning in the mid-1970s and continuing through the 90s. Barbeau has also had a modest feature career, generally in fairly savvy and thrifty genre fare. Barbeau first gained notice on the Broadway stage in an early 1970s revival of "Fiddler on the Roof" and garnered a Tony nomination and Theater World Award for her performance as Rizzo in "Grease" (1971). The success of "Maude" led to such TV-movie credits as co-starring with Desi Arnaz, Jr. in the medical drama "Having Babies" (her TV-movie debut, 1976), and "Someone's Watching Me" (1978), a nifty thriller (the first of several collaborations) helmed by John Carpenter (whom she married in 1979 and later divorced), Barbeau gradually evolved from playing ingenues to mothers and worldly older woman in later TV movies including the western "Blood River" (1991) starring Rick Schroeder and written by Carpenter,...

Pretty, buxom, brunette player of stage and screen who may be best known as Carol Trener, divorced daughter of Bea Arthur on "Maude" (CBS, 1972-78), Norman Lear's groundbreaking sitcom. While the role provided high visibility, Barbeau had little to do on the series. It, however, opened the door to a slew of TV-movies, specials, and guest spots beginning in the mid-1970s and continuing through the 90s. Barbeau has also had a modest feature career, generally in fairly savvy and thrifty genre fare.

Barbeau first gained notice on the Broadway stage in an early 1970s revival of "Fiddler on the Roof" and garnered a Tony nomination and Theater World Award for her performance as Rizzo in "Grease" (1971). The success of "Maude" led to such TV-movie credits as co-starring with Desi Arnaz, Jr. in the medical drama "Having Babies" (her TV-movie debut, 1976), and "Someone's Watching Me" (1978), a nifty thriller (the first of several collaborations) helmed by John Carpenter (whom she married in 1979 and later divorced), Barbeau gradually evolved from playing ingenues to mothers and worldly older woman in later TV movies including the western "Blood River" (1991) starring Rick Schroeder and written by Carpenter, and the remake of "Jailbreakers" (1994), part of Showtime's "Rebel Highway" series.

Barbeau has done her most enjoyable feature work in collaboration with Carpenter ("The Fog" 1980; "Escape From New York" 1981) and horror auteur George Romero ("Creepshow" 1982; "Two Evil Eyes" 1990). Whereas Carpenter envisioned her as a hard-boiled leading lady who comfortably packs a rod, Romero got much mileage from her campy turns playing hard-eyed harpies.

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1.
 Out to Sea (1997)
2.
 Apocalypse, The (1997) Lieutenant Robins
3.
 Honor Thy Mother (1992)
4.
 Die Hard 2 (1990)
5.
 Agenda for Murder (1990) Diane
6.
 Sinatra (1992) Marilyn Maxwell
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