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‘Vampyre’ author, actress to be in La Cañada next week

Adrienne Barbeau will sign copies of her new novel next Thursday night at Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse.

July 24, 2008|By Ruth Longoria

Forget everything you ever thought you knew about vampires — or in the European archaic spelling, vampyres.

They don’t necessarily fear garlic and probably everything you’ve ever learned about the blood-sucking, night creatures comes from the movies — which is controlled by vampyres and therefore only what they want you to know — at least according to a new book co-authored by Adrienne Barbeau.

Barbeau will be at Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, July 31, autographing copies of the novel “Vampyres of Hollywood,” a clever and sexy, behind-the-scenes-of-Hollywood thriller that is expected to be just one more reason to be an Adrienne Barbeau fan.

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If you’re old enough to remember the 1970s television series “Maude,” you’ll no doubt remember Barbeau, the sex symbol/comedic actress who played actress Bea Arthur’s on-screen daughter, Carole.

Barbeau went on to a career in television, as well as to being the “scream queen” star of several classic films, including “The Fog,” “Creepshow,” “Swamp Thing” and “Escape from New York.” Prior to that, she began her career as a singer on Broadway, where she performed in “Fiddler on the Roof” and played the original Rizzo in “Grease.” That part eventually inspired the title of her first book, “There Are Worse Things I Could Do,” a memoir.

“I fell backwards into writing,” Barbeau said in a Tuesday afternoon telephone interview with the Valley Sun. “I never thought this is what I’d be doing in my third- or fourth-career.”

Barbeau grew up in Northern California and, at the age of 19, moved to New York to pursue a singing and acting career. When her oldest son, Cody, was small she began doing voice work in animation in order to stay home more and spend time with her son. Now, she’s a mom of three sons, the youngest are 11-year-old twins. She and her family live in Studio City.

In a roundabout way, Barbeau credits a deceased, close friend with getting her into writing. “I have always felt it was my dead girlfriend who pushed me that direction,” she said.

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