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Stevens in 2005
|Born||Charlene Elizabeth Brinkman
September 20, 1954
San Diego, California
|Years active||1981 –|
|Spouse(s)||Dave Stevens (1980–1981)|
Life and career
Born in San Diego, California, Stevens has studied several foreign languages, including Esperanto, and gained a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from San Diego State University and a Master of Science in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California. Initially intending to study dolphin communication, she was instead tossed out of Scripps for doing "forbidden research" on dolphin communication, largely to do with the Navy's use of dolphins in undersea weapons research at the time. While going to a modeling assignment, Stevens was discovered by accident by a producer who cast her in a film as an extra.
Stevens has appeared in over 100 movies, primarily in the horror, sci-fi and fantasy film genres. From her long list of acting credits she has gained notoriety as a scream queen, to the extent that she was once the subject of a Jeopardy! answer: "Brinke Stevens is known by this semi-rhyming title." (Question: What is a Scream Queen?). The Jeopardy! question was asked during the Scripps Institution of Oceanography special.
In addition to acting, Stevens has co-written a number of screenplays, co-produced two documentaries, and served as an onset decorator. In one of her scripts, Dr. Horror's Erotic House of Idiots, Stevens pokes fun at the B-Movie industry and spoofs some of her own films.
Stevens portrayed Julie Quinn, mother of serial killer Wayne Montgomery, in the 2007 horror film Head Case. This was the first time she had ever acted in an improvisational film. She reprised her role in the three sequels, 2009's The Ritual, 2010's Post-Mortem, and 2013's Head Cases: Serial Killers in the Delaware Valley.
Stevens is an inactive member of Mensa.
Brinke Stevens is depicted in the horror novel, Bad Moon Rising, the third installment of Jonathan Maberry’s "Pine Deep" trilogy, alongside Jim O'Rear, Tom Savini, and Debbie Rochon, published in 2008.
Brinke Stevens appeared on the 2009 cover of the popular pulp movie magazine Mondo Cult.
In July of 2014, Ms Stevens spoke with the movie news and podcast website PostMovie.net: The "Queen" of Horror - An Interview with Brinke Stevens
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