Rochon's early life was fraught with tragedy and misfortune. After her parents were deemed unfit to raise her, she was remanded to foster care at age 10. Shuttled from one foster home to the next, Rochon ran away to Vancouver. When she was 14 and still homeless, she was attacked and robbed by a homeless man, who assaulted her with a knife and slashed her on her upper right arm, leaving Rochon with a large vertical scar.
In 1981, alerted to an open casting call by another homeless youth, Rochon was cast as a rock concert extra in Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains. By age 17, she had saved up enough money to move to New York City. Rochon worked with off-off Broadway theater companies, performing in over 25 stage productions. She garnered her first printed review in Back Stage which read: "Debbie Rochon acquitted her self well as the cocaloony bird in Tennessee Williams' The Gnadiges Fraulein."
Rochon focused on the cinema and worked on over two hundred independent features. The Hubcap Awards founder Joe Bob Briggs crowned Rochon runner-up Best Actress of the year in 1994 for her work on Abducted II: The Reunion. In 1995 she was recognized for her work as the conniving television producer in Broadcast Bombshells, winning the Barbarella Award.
She was a featured guest player on Fox’s New York Undercover. In 2002 Rochon was crowned Scream Queen of the Decade (1990–1999) by Draculina magazine, based on reader voting. She also received Best Psychette Award 2002 (Best Female Psycho in a Movie) for her work in American Nightmare (fr). She has won over a dozen more awards for her film work.
She is perhaps best known for her work with Troma Entertainment. First appearing as Edna Purlmutte for the satirical The Troma System, she went on to appear in Tromeo and Juliet, Terror Firmer, Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV and episodes of Troma's Edge TV. In November 2006, Troma released Debbie Rochon Confidential featuring previously unreleased footage from Rochon's years working with Troma.
In 2003, while working on an unreleased film in Tennessee, Rochon suffered an accident with a prop machete which resulted in the near-severing of the four fingers of her right hand. After extensive surgery and physical therapy, she has regained limited use of the hand.
In 2004, Rochon won MicroCinemaFest's "Best Comedy Actress" award for her work in Dr. Horror's Erotic House of Idiots.
She also co-hosted the 2005 Village Halloween Parade with Dee Snider. The following year, she and Snider began broadcasting Fangoria Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio, a weekly talk show of horror movie news and reviews. The show ran from 2006 till 2010. She appears regularly at Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors conventions and others.
In 2008 she appeared in new horror ventures, including the Michigan-made film DOG, Savaged, The Colour from the Dark, Psychosomatika, and Beg. She can also be seen in the After Dark-released film Mulberry Street, directed by Jim Mickle, which had a theatrical run as part of the Horrorfest series in 2007.
One of the most critically acclaimed titles of Rochon's is the Italian-made H.P. Lovecraft-based film Colour from the Dark, in which she plays the possessed wife of a farmer during the war-ravaged period 1943.
In 2009, Rochon starred as Alice in Slime City Massacre, a follow-up to the cult film Slime City, both directed by Gregory Lamberson. She presented the movie on the Premiere at 2010 Beloit International Film Festival on 18 February 2010.
Rochon is featured in the 2008 novel Bad Moon Rising by Jonathan Maberry. She is one of several real-world horror celebrities who are in the fictional town of Pine Deep when monsters attack. Other celebrities include Tom Savini, Jim O'Rear, Brinke Stevens, Ken Foree, Stephen Susco, Joe Bob Briggs, James Gunn, and Mem Shannon.
Rochon appeared in a new feature film by Sean Pomper Productions, Killer Hoo Ha.
Debbie Rochon served as a model for the esteemed illustrator Dave Stevens and appears in his final work, a book titled Brush with Passion: The Art and Life of Dave Stevens.
Debbie Rochon has appeared on countless film-related magazine covers including:
- Fangoria Magazine
- Rue Morgue Magazine
- The Phantom Of The Movies' Videoscope Magazine
- Vamperotica Magazine
- Vampirella Magazine
- Draculina Magazine
- Three covers for Femme Fatales Magazine
- Three covers for Scream Queens Illustrated Magazine
- Two covers for Sirens Of Cinema Magazine
- Gotham Magazine
- Too Square Magazine
- Three covers for Alternative Cinema Magazine
- Spice Magazine
- B-movies Magazine
- The Dark Side Magazine
Debbie has written for numerous genre publications including:
- Fangoria Magazine her regular column is titled Diary of the Deb
- The Phantom of the Movies' VIDEOSCOPE magazine
- Steppin' Out Magazine
- The Gore Zone Magazine
- Femme Fatales Magazine
- Sirens of Cinema Magazine
- Chiller Theatre Magazine
- Scars Magazine
- Masters of Kung Fu Magazine
As well as a regular column in THE JOE BOB REPORT (Published by Joe Bob Briggs)
- Negatives (1988)
- Santa Claws (1996)
- Tromeo and Juliet (1996)
- Terror Firmer (1999)
- American Nightmare (fr) (2002)
- Bleed (2002)
- Play-Mate of the Apes (2002)
- Final Examination (2003)
- Corpses Are Forever (2003)
- Nowhere Man (2005)
- The Deepening (2007)
- Dog (2009)
- Fearmakers (2008)
- Colour From The Dark (2008)
- Dahmer Vs. Gacy (2009)
- Dark Karma (2009)
- Hanger (2009)
- Nun of That (2009)
- Cottonmouth (2009)
- Killer Hoo Ha (2010)
- Psychic Experiment (2010) (formally Walking Distance)
- Slime City Massacre (2010)
- Won Ton Baby! (2010)
- As Night Falls (2010)
- Demon Divas and the Lanes of Damnation (2010
- Sick Boy (2011
- Wrath of the Crows (2013)
- 1st Runner up in Joe Bob Briggs' 1996 Hubbie Award for Best Actress in "Abducted II: The Reunion" (1994).
- 1997 Barbarella Award for best actress in "Broadcast Bombshells" (1995).
- 2002 Phantom of the Movies' Videoscope award "Best Psychette" (Best Female Psycho in a movie) for her role as 'Jane Toppan' in "American Nightmare" (2002).
- 'Scream Queen of the Decade Award' (1990 to present) from Draculina Magazine (2003)reader's poll.
- Inducted into the B-Movie Hall of Fame October 2004.
- 2004 Micro Cinema Film Festival Award for "Best Actress in a Comedy" for her work in "Dr. Horror's Erotic House of Idiots".
- Won Best Supporting Actress Award for her work in the comedy sci-fi send-up "Screech of the Decapitated" at the 2005 B-Movie Awards.
- Won Best Actress at the 2011 Buffalo Screams Film Festival for her role in Bart Mastronardi's THE TELL TALE HEART - part of the TALES OF POE (2012) horror anthology.
- Was inducted into The Hell of Fame Feb. 2012.
- Won Best Actress Award at The Golden Cobs 2011 for her role in Alien Vengeance (2010).
- Won Best Actress Award at the Macabre Faire Film Festival 2012 for her role in The Tell Tale Heart.
- Served as a jury member on the first all female jury at The Oldenburg Film Festival 2012, alongside Mira Sorvino, Gabrielle Miller, Tamar Simon Hoffs and Lana Morgan.
- Won Best Actress Award at the 2012 Terror Film Festival for her work in The Tell Tale Heart.
- Won Best Actress Award at the 2012 Pollygrind Film Festival for her work in Exhumed.
- Honored with the inaugural Ingrid Pitt Award for Excellence and Perseverance in Horror on Jan. 12, 2013.
- Apparently actress-provided information on IMDB page, linked from official page and Facebook official fanpage; retrieved January 26, 2014.
- "CultFlicks Interview with Queen-B Debbie Rochon" (mpg4). Cultflicks.net. August 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-21.
- "FANGORIA presents two Universal Horror Nights haunted houses!". Fangoria.
- "New SLIME CITY MASSACRE character posters". Fangoria.
- "Slime City Massacre Lands a Premiere Date". DreadCentral.
- BC Books Interviews Author Jonathan Maberry
- Maberry, Jonathan. "Bad Moon Rising". Pinnacle Press, 2005.
- Horror Chronicles Features Debbie Rochon
- MTV Artist Focus On Tom Savini
- Horror Unlimited Ingrid Pitt Award - Debbie Rochon
- "Today on the Howard 100 News". Retrieved 2009-12-09.
- "Won Ton Baby: New Behind-the-Scenes Stills, One Sheet, and Trailer". DreadCentral.
- Horror Genre - Film Press Release: Cottonmouth
- "AFM '09: 'Walking Distance' Renamed to 'Experimental Activity'". BloodyDisgusting.
- "Four Character Sheets from Slime City Massacre". DreadCentral.
- Official Biography
- Official Website DebbieRochon.com
- Debbie Rochon at the Internet Movie Database
- Debbie Rochon Interview at American Nightmare
- Debbie Rochon Interview at Flip Side Movies
- Debbie Rochon Interview at Buried.com
- Debbie Rochon Interview at (re)Search my Trash
- Interview by Modern Drunkard Magazine