Barbara Crampton

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Barbara Crampton
Barbara Crampton.jpg
Crampton in 2013
Born (1958-12-27) December 27, 1958 (age 59)
Levittown, New York, U.S.
Years active1983–present

Barbara Crampton (born December 27, 1958) is an American actress. She made her screen debut on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives (1983), and her film debut in 1984's Body Double before starring in the horror comedy Re-Animator (1985).[1][2] Crampton has since starred in a variety of films including Chopping Mall (1986), From Beyond (1986), Castle Freak (1995), You're Next (2011), We Are Still Here (2015), and Little Sister (2016). She is also known for playing Leanna Love on the television series The Young and the Restless (1987–93; 1998–2002; 2006–07) for which she was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess in a Drama Series – Daytime in 1990.

She currently portrays Vanessa Moss in the Syfy television series Channel Zero: The Dream Door (2018).

Early life[edit]

Crampton was born in Levittown, Long Island, New York.[3] She was raised Catholic.[4] Crampton grew up in Vermont, and spent summers while growing up traveling the country with the carnival, as her father was a carny. She started acting in school plays when she was in seventh grade and went on to study acting in high school. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from Castleton State College in Vermont. After graduation, Barbara made a brief stop in New York, where she appeared as Cordelia in King Lear for the American Theater of Actors.[5] She was a Theater Arts Major at Castleton State College from 1976 to 1981.[6]


From New York, Crampton moved to Los Angeles where she made her television debut on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives, where she played Trista Evans Bradford and subsequently starred in the pilot episode of Rituals, the television film Love Thy Neighbor, and the television series Santa Barbara. She made her film debut in the 1984 film Body Double. The following year, Crampton portrayed Chrissie in Fraternity Vacation, Megan Halsey in Re-Animator, and Stacy in Hotel.[7] In 1986, Crampton portrayed Suzie Lynn in Chopping Mall, Dr. Katherine McMichaels in From Beyond, and Anne White in Prince of Bel Air. In 1987, Crampton was cast in Kidnapped and portrayed Teri in Ohara. From 1987 to 2007, Crampton portrayed Leanna Love in The Young and the Restless. In 1989, Crampton had a cameo role in the horror film Puppet Master. In 1991, Crampton portrayed Sadie Brady in Trancers II.

In 1993, Crampton guest starred on Civil Wars and portrayed Mindy Lewis on Guiding Light from 1993 to 1995 and left when her contract expired and when she got engaged to L.A.-based actor and director Kristoffer Tabori in April 1995.[8] By September of the same year, their engagement was called off.[9] In 1995, Crampton starred in Castle Freak. From 1995 to 1998, Crampton portrayed Maggie Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful. In 1996, Crampton portrayed Carol in Space Truckers. In 1997, Crampton guest starred on The Nanny. The following year, she guest starred on Party of Five and starred in the film The Godson. In 1999, Crampton guest starred on the television series Pacific Blue.

In 2001, Crampton had a recurring role as Dr. Leslie Bogan in 5 episodes of the television series Spyder Games and starred in Thy Neighbor's Wife. In 2004, Crampton starred in The Sisterhood. She subsequently starred in Read You Like a Book (2006) and Never Enough (2008). Crampton was a special guest at Creation Entertainment's Weekend of Horror 2010.[10] She had a supporting role in the 2013 horror slasher film You're Next and played the leading role Anne Sacchetti in We Are Still Here (2015),[11] co-starring Lisa Marie and Larry Fessenden.[12] Both films received positive reviews from critics.[13]

Barbara next appears in Abner Pastoll's "taut Euro thriller" Road Games,[14] in which she speaks both French and English.[15] In 2015 she starred along with Robert Englund, Danny Trejo, Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Michael Berryman, Doug Bradley, Gunnar Hansen, Ken Foree and Dee Wallace in the Harrison Smith horror film Death House.[16]

Personal life[edit]

On October 1, 1988, she married director of photography David Boyd; they divorced in 1990. In December 1986, Crampton appeared in a nude pictorial in Playboy magazine titled "Simply Beastly. Behind every successful monster, there's a woman."[17] Crampton lives outside of San Francisco with her husband, Robert Bleckman, and their two children.



Year Title Role Notes|-
1984 Body Double Carol
1985 Fraternity Vacation Chrissie
1985 Re-Animator Megan Halsey
1986 Chopping Mall Suzie Lynn
1986 From Beyond Dr. Katherine McMichaels Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actress
1987 Kidnapped Bonnie
1989 Puppet Master Woman at Carnival Cameo appearance
1991 Trancers II Sadie Brady
1993 Robot Wars Leda
1995 Castle Freak Susan Reilly
1996 Space Truckers Carol
1998 The Godson Goldy
1999 Cold Harvest Christine Chaney
2000 Learning to Surf
2001 Thy Neighbor's Wife Nicole Garrett
2004 The Sisterhood Ms. Master
2006 Read You Like a Book Zoe
2008 Never Enough Dr. Gladmore
2011 You're Next Aubrey
2012 Pulse Pounders Said Brady
2012 The Lords of Salem Virginia Cable
2013 Paisley Christine
2013 The Cartridge Family Mom Short film
2013 The Well Grace
2014 Sun Choke Irma
2015 We Are Still Here Anne Sacchetti Nominated - Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress
2015 The Divine Tragedies Mother
2015 Road Games Mary
2015 Tales of Halloween Darla
2016 Beyond the Gates Evelyn
2016 Little Sister The Reverend Mother
2016 Day of Reckoning Stella
2017 Death House Dr. Karen Redmane
2018 Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich Carol Doreski


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Days of Our Lives Trista Evans Bradford
1984 Rituals Sandy Hutchison Episode: "Pilot"
1984 Love Thy Neighbor Carol Movie
1984 Santa Barbara Paula
1985 Hotel Stacy Episode: "Obsessions"
1986 Prince of Bel Air Anne White Movie
1987 Ohara Teri Episode: "Toshi"
1987–93, 1998–2002, 2006–07 The Young and the Restless Leanna Love Nominated – Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess in a Drama Series – Daytime (1990)
1993 Civil Wars Episode: "Dances with Sharks"
1993–1995 Guiding Light Mindy Lewis
1995–1998 The Bold and the Beautiful Maggie Forrester Nominated – Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Female Scene Stealer (1996)
1997 The Nanny Barbara Crampton Episode: "The Heather Biblow Story"
1998 Party of Five Woman Shopper Episode: "Tender Age"
1999 Pacific Blue Gloria Stockwell Episode: "Infierno"
2001 Spyder Games Dr. Leslie Bogan 5 episodes
2001 Lightning: Fire from the Sky Mayor Sylvia Scott Movie
2018 Channel Zero: The Dream Door Vanessa Moss 6 episodes


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  2. ^ Fred Topel (2013-08-22). "Exclusive Interview: Barbara Crampton on You're Next". CraveOnline. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  3. ^ "Barbara Crampton Biography (1962-)". Retrieved 26 March 2015.
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  5. ^ "Barbara Crampton". Toronto Star. December 30, 1991.
  6. ^ "Barbara Crampton". Why Horror?. Archived from the original on 2014-11-03.
  7. ^ Maslin, Janet (October 18, 1985). "Re Animator (1985) Screen: Stuart Gordon Directs 'Re-Animator'". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Sloan, Kathleen (June 10, 1995). "Zany Barb Boldly goes". Toronto Star.
  9. ^ Sloan, Kathleen (September 3, 1995). "Life mimics art for Y&R star". Toronto Star.
  10. ^ "Creation's Weekend of Horrors Fleshes Out Its Re-Animator Reunion".
  11. ^ We Are Still Here
  12. ^ "SXSW 2015: We Are Still Here in This Poster and Trailer". Dread Central. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  13. ^ Harvey, Dennis. "'SXSW Film Review: 'We Are Still Here'". Variety. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Check the first Teaser and Posters..." Twitch.
  15. ^ "There's no way out..." Entertainment Weekly.
  16. ^ "Death House". Dread Central.
  17. ^ Walkuski, Eric (October 1, 2012). "AJ Bowen and Barbara Crampton join Halloween comedy, Grow Up, Tony Phillips". JoBlo Movie Network. Retrieved February 4, 2017.

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