Crampton in 2013
December 27, 1958 |
Levittown, New York, U.S.
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. She became known as a "scream queen" after a series of roles in horror films, beginning with the horror comedy Re-Animator (1985). Other films Crampton starred in include Chopping Mall (1986), From Beyond (1986), Castle Freak (1995), You're Next (2011), and We Are Still Here (2015). She is also known for playing Leanna Love on The Young and the Restless from 1987 to 1993.
Crampton was born in Levittown, Long Island, New York. She was raised Catholic. 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.
She was a Theater Arts Major at Castleton State College from 1976 to 1981.
From New York, Crampton moved to Los Angeles where she went on to star in the cult horror features Re-Animator, From Beyond and Castle Freak. She also has feature roles in the films Puppet Master and Fraternity Vacation.
She made her television debut on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives, where she played Trista Evans Bradford. She went on to play Leanna Love on The Young and the Restless from 1987 to 1993, which earned her a Soap Opera Digest Award. She returned to the role from 1998 to 2002 and again in 2006–2007. She also played Melinda 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. By September of the same year, their engagement was called off. She soon joined the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful playing 'Maggie Forrester' Warwick from 1995 to 1998.
Crampton was a special guest at Creation Entertainment's Weekend of Horror 2010. 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), co-starring Lisa Marie and Larry Fessenden. Both films received positive reviews from critics. Barbara next appears in Abner Pastoll's 'taut Euro thriller' Road Games, in which she speaks both French and English. 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.
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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." Crampton lives outside of San Francisco with her husband, Robert Bleckman, and their two children.
|1986||Chopping Mall||Suzie Lynn|
|1986||From Beyond||Dr. Katherine McMichaels||Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actress|
|1989||Puppet Master||Woman at Carnival||Cameo appearance|
|1991||Trancers II||Sadie Brady|
|1995||Castle Freak||Susan Reilly|
|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|
|2012||Pulse Pounders||Said Brady|
|2012||The Lords of Salem||Virginia Cable|
|2013||The Cartridge Family||Mom||Short film|
|2015||We Are Still Here||Anne Sacchetti||Nominated - Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress|
|2015||The Divine Tragedies||Mother|
|2015||Tales of Halloween||Darla|
|1983||Days of Our Lives||Trista Evans Bradford|
|1984||Rituals||Sandy Hutchison||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1984||Love Thy Neighbor||Carol||Movie|
|1986||Prince of Bel Air||Anne White||Movie|
|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 Spaulding|
|1995–1998||The Bold and the Beautiful||Maggie Forrester Warwick||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|
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