Barbeau was born and raised in Sacramento, California, in 1945, the daughter of Armene (née Nalbandian) and Joseph Barbeau, who was a public relations executive for Mobil Oil. Her mother was of Armenian descent and her father's ancestry included French-Canadian, Irish, and German. She has a sister, Jocelyn, and a half brother on her father's side, Robert Barbeau, who still resides in the Sacramento area. She attended Del Mar High School in San Jose, California. In her autobiography, Barbeau says that she first caught the show business bug while entertaining troops at army bases throughout Southeast Asia, touring with the San Jose Civic Light Opera.
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, thirteen 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.
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- ↑ Adrienne, Barbeau (March 25, 2010). "Michael Stever interviews Adrienne Barbeau". 1st Annual Saturday Nightmare's Horror Expo! (Interview). Interviewed by Stever, Michael. Landmark Jersey City Loews Movie Palace. 01:32-01:40 minutes in. "…although I was born in Sacramento and I actually took my first acting class in third grade at the Sacrament Music Circus."
- ↑ "Scream Queen Profile: Adrienne Barbeau". WickedChannel.com. 2011-12-02.
- ↑ "ADRIENNE BARBEAU PUTS "BEST' FOOT FORWARD". The Sacramento Bee. July 18, 1993.
- ↑ "Adrienne Barbeau Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on May 22, 2011.
- ↑ Barbeau, Adrienne (April 15, 2006). There Are Worse Things I Could Do. New York: Carroll & Graf. p. 33. ISBN 0-7867-1637-1.
- ↑ Roger Ebert (February 3, 1980). "Interview with Adrienne Barbeau". Chicago Sun-Times.
- ↑ "Adrienne Barbeau Biography". IMDb.