Adrienne Barbeau co-starred for six years as niece Carol on the sitcom Maude and made pin-up fans of teen boys everywhere as the femme fatale in 1982’s Swamp Thing. As Senator Cretak on DS9’s “Inter Arma Enim Silent Legis,” Barbeau under Romulan makeup was just one of many of retro stunt casting coups for the series.
Barbeau first drew acclaim as the original Rizzo of Broadway’s Grease. In her sex-symbol days, the 1945 native of Sacramento, Calif., also starred in The Fog, Creepshow, and Escape from New York when directed by then-husband John Caprenter, as well as Cannonball Run. On TV she played Oswald’s mother on The Drew Carey Show, snake-charmer Ruthie on HBO’s Carnivale, and voiced Catwoman for animated Batman series since the 1990s; recent credits include Dexter, Grey’s Anatomy, and daytime’s General Hospital. As a late-blooming author, her third book and second vampire novel Love Bites was released in 2011.