The actress has performed on Broadway (she was the original Rizzo in Grease), on television, and in films. Barbeau’s best known TV role was on the sitcom Maude, playing Maude’s daughter Carol, a divorcee with a young son. (Bea Arthur, of course, played Maude.) Carol and her son lived with Maude and Walter, Maude’s husband.
Barbeau also made appearances on lots of 1970s shows such as Love Boat and Fantasy Island. And people may remember her for her starring role in the 1980 horror film, The Fog, directed by her husband, John Carpenter. And let’s not forget Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (1989).
While conducting web research for this post, I found that much ado has been made about Barbeau’s breasts. A lot of people really like them.
Below, in a first-season Maude episode, Maude and Carol first meet their maid, Florida, played by Esther Rolle. The Florida character was later spun off onto Good Times.
Maude, ‘Maude Meets Florida” (Sept. 26, 1972)