Friday, January 29, 2010

Nerd Girl of Note #47

There are the ladies of horror, sci-fi, action, comicbook adaptations, classic television, and then there is NGoN #47: Adrienne Barbeau.

She has done almost everything to fit her snugly into this list; she was in three nerd-cred iconic roles: Alice in Swamp Thing, Selina Kyle/Catwoman in the animated Batman series and animated Gotham Girls, and of course Maggie in Escape from New York.

She's a prolific actress, whose ability to work has not diminished with age to the degree of her compatriots (IMDb shows she is currently in production on two films). Her only real competition is from Pam Grier. Here are some of her highlights:
  • Carol Traynor in Maude with Bea Arthur ('72-'78)
  • Stevie Wayne in The Fog ('80)
  • Marcie Thatcher in The Cannonball Run ('81)
  • Wilma Northrop in Creepshow ('82)
  • The Computer voice in The Thing ('82)
  • Barbara Rossetti on The George Carlin Show ('94)
This list could go on and on. She's been a Scooby-Doo voice actor, on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, most incarnations of The Love Boat, The Drew Carey Show, and voiced video games like Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and the upcomming God of War III. Fantasy is one of the few areas she is lacking in, but you could, if you wanted to, count Amazon Women in the Avacado Jungle of Death, which is a sort-of fantasy/Indiana Jones spoof.








17 comments:

Al Bruno III said...

I had a poster of of that second picture... she and Caroline Munroe had a quite an effect on my pre-teen mind.

Also... I have sent an award (and hopefully some traffic your way)

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Darius Whiteplume said...

There were only three reasons to sit through The Cannonball Run, and Captain Chaos was none of them :-D

Wings said...

She also popped up on an episode of "Dexter" and had a hilarious part on "The New Adventures of Old Christine".

Barbeau is the lady.

Darius Whiteplume said...

I have not seen that episode of Dexter. I do want to read her autobiography, but I am really bad about reading those. I need to download the sample on my Kindle and see what it is like.

Al Bruno III said...

I read it at the library, I thought it was very good.

Tommy Salami said...

She plays a great bitch, too. She was perfect in Back to School as Rodney's wife. I had a crush on her when I saw Swamp Thing, for obvious reasons.

Darius Whiteplume said...

@ABIII - I just got the sample. Now for time to read...

@TS - I completely forgot about her in Back to School. Yeah, her character was terrible, and she pulled it off perfectly.

Jamdin said...

She proved that she still was still hot on Carnivale. I have enjoyed watching her ever since first seeing her on Maude and she was the real reason that I watched the show.

Karen from Mentor said...

I LOVE Escape from New York. It's one of my guilty pleasures.

[and hello!]

Karen :0)

Darius Whiteplume said...

@Jamdin - I have yet to see Maude, which is nuts since I love A.B. and B.A. - neat how that worked out, eh?

@Karen - Welcome aboard! You might check out the Snake Plisskin Meme that was going around. Stories that were to explain how Snake lost his eye. Mine is here.

Lubbert Das said...

Strangely enough I had a dream about her the other night.

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Lovely lady.

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

She taught us all that no matter what major city we were exscapting from that it was alway important to fly fast, loose, and free baby. Also when the duck give you a 'queeze' yuo know bitch gonna sty loyal.

Phronk said...

I really don't find her the least bit attractive. :(

Darius Whiteplume said...

@LD - That is odd. I wasn't there too, was I?

@Kal - true.

@Phronk - I understand. Hopefully not just an afterthought from the "Nature's Harvest" X-D

Mickey Glitter said...

Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death? YES! I LOVE THAT MOVIE, especially Shannon Tweed, though it's Adrienne Barbeau's name I invoke on a foggy morning and have for years and years, mostly to the confusion of people around me.

Gene Phillips said...

Barbeau even shines in a goofy little DTV western flick called GHOST ROCK, where a cowhand challenges Barbeau to hit him. You can guess the result.

Darius Whiteplume said...

@Mickey Glitter - I have never seen all of it, but may have to give it a devoted sitting now :-)

@Gene - I will have to look for Ghist Rock. Thanks for the tip.

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