- Attended Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, California.
- Made her Broadway debut in Fiddler on the Roof (1971) in 1968, where she met another young, up-and-coming actress named Bette Midler. "I guess I adopted some of her enthusiasm and hopefully her street smarts," said Barbeau.
- Gave birth to twin boys, Walker and William. [March 1997]
- Reported to be pregnant with twins, due in April 1997. [November 1996]
- Has son, Cody. Father John Carpenter
- Is of French and Armenian ancestry.
- Worked as a New York city go-go dancer in a Mafia-run nightclub from 1964- 1967 while breaking in on Broadway. She quit after the owner decided to turn the place into a bikini bar.
- In 1978, a poster of Adrienne wearing a tight purple corset was a best-seller. The poster's image later served as a cover photo for her autobiography.
- Nominated for a 1972 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for her portrayal of bad-girl Rizzo in the original Broadway production of "Grease".
- Her roles in The Fog (1980) and Escape from New York (1981) were written specifically with her in mind.
- Was portrayed by Bridget Jones in an episode of the cult TV series "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (1988).
- Won the prestigious Theater Guild Award for her portrayal of Rizzo in the original Broadway production of "Grease."
- Mother is of Armenian ancestry.
- Her nude scene in Swamp Thing (1982) was intended only for European release but eventually made its way onto an American DVD of the movie -- until a Texas housewife complained of her sons' inadvertently viewing nudity in a PG-rated movie, at which point the DVD was recalled.
- Bust: 34DD
- Sister-in-law of musician and actor Steve Van Zandt.
- Returned to NY stage for first time in 34 years to portray Judy Garland in "The Property Known as Garland" written by husband playwright Billy Van Zandt
- The winner of the The Cannonball Run (1981), she also won the heart of her co-start, Burt Reynolds, who was then at the height of his popularity.
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