Colleen Camp

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Colleen Camp
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Born Colleen Celeste Camp
(1953-06-07) June 7, 1953 (age 64)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, comedian, film producer
Years active 1973–present
Spouse(s) John Goldwyn (m. 1986; div. 2001)
Children 1

Colleen Celeste Camp (born June 7, 1953)[1] is an American character actress, comedian and producer. After appearing in several bit parts, she had a lead role in the comedy The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974), followed by roles in two installments of the Police Academy series. Camp appeared in supporting parts in Apocalypse Now (1979) and The Seduction (1982), after which she played Yvette the Maid in the 1985 comedy Clue.[2]

Camp has continued to have minor and supporting roles in various independent and studio films, including Election (1999), Factory Girl (2006), Palo Alto (2013), and American Hustle (2013).

Life and career[edit]

Colleen Camp was born on June 7, 1953 in San Francisco, California. She moved to the San Fernando Valley at a young age and attended John H. Francis Polytechnic High School, Los Angeles Valley College, and California State University, Northridge, where she majored in English and minored in theater arts.[3] To help pay for college, Camp trained macaws and worked at the bird attraction at Busch Gardens on weeknights, weekends, and during the summer, where she performed for up to 2,000 people in six shows a day, six days a week.[4] Ultimately striving to be an actress, Camp also took private acting and singing lessons and was eventually noticed by a talent agent. After the agent viewed an hour-long Busch Gardens television special featuring Camp and her birds, she was signed for national television commercials for both Gallo wine and Touch of Sweden hand lotion.[3][5] This exposure led to small television parts in shows such as Marcus Welby, M.D., Happy Days, and Love, American Style, as well as a six-episode stint on the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man.[3]

Camp landed small early roles in films like Funny Lady with Barbra Streisand and James Caan, and Smile with Bruce Dern and Barbara Feldon in 1975.[3][4] She also appeared in the Bruce Lee movie Game of Death as his girlfriend, Ann, the young aspiring singer (her scenes were shot with a lookalike as Lee had died before she became involved) performing the film's love theme "Will This Be The Song I'll Be Singing Tomorrow". Camp went on to portray a Playmate in Francis Coppola's 1979 film Apocalypse Now (followed by an actual pictorial in the October 1979 Playboy), though most of her footage was cut from the initial theatrical release. She would later feature more heavily in Coppola's Redux cut. She was also the first actress to play Kristin Shepard, Linda Gray's character's sister, in the primetime soap opera Dallas in 1979. Mary Crosby later was cast in this role.[6]

Camp has worked steadily in film comedies like Peter Bogdanovich's 1981 comedy They All Laughed, 1983's Valley Girl and the 1994 Michael J. Fox comedy Greedy. She often is cast as a police officer, appearing in two of the Police Academy films. Camp has been nominated twice for the Worst Supporting Actress Golden Raspberry Award – first, in 1982, for The Seduction, and then, in 1993, for Sliver. In 1999, she had a small part as character Tracy Flick's overbearing mother in the film Election, with Reese Witherspoon as Tracy.[7] She appeared in the episode "Simple Explanation" of House in 2009.

In 2013 she appeared in a supporting part in David O. Russell's American Hustle.[8] The following year, Camp co-produced a Broadway production of Love Letters.[9] and in 2015 co-produced Eli Roth's thriller Knock Knock, also appearing in a supporting role in the film.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Colleen Camp's parents are Dorothy and Wilson. She has two brothers, Don and Glen.[3]

In the late 1970's, Camp dated Dean Tavoularis, whom she met in the Phillipines while filming Apocalypse Now.[3] In 1986, she married John Goldwyn, a Paramount executive, though they divorced in 2001. They have one daughter, Emily.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1973 Battle for the Planet of the Apes Julie Uncredited
1974 The Last Porno Flick Also known as: Those Mad, Mad Moviemakers
1974 The Swinging Cheerleaders Mary Ann
1975 Funny Lady Billy's Girl
1975 Smile Connie
1976 Ebony, Ivory & Jade Ginger Douglas
1976 The Gumball Rally Franco's Date
1976 Amelia Earhart Starlet
1977 Death Game Donna
1977 Love and the Midnight Auto Supply Billie Jean
1978 Game of Death Ann Morris
1978 Lady of the House Rosette
1978 Cat in the Cage Gilda Riener
1979 Apocalypse Now Playmate
1980 Cloud Dancer Cindy
1981 They All Laughed Christy Miller
1982 The Seduction Robin
1982 Deadly Games Randy
1983 Valley Girl Sarah Richman
1983 Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 Dusty Trails
1983 Trial by Terror
1984 City Girl Rose
1984 Joy of Sex Liz Sampson
1984 The Rosebud Beach Hotel Tracy King
1985 Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment Sgt. Kathleen Kirkland
1985 Doin' Time Nancy Catlett
1985 D.A.R.Y.L. Elaine Fox
1985 Clue Yvette
1986 Screwball Academy Liberty Jean Television film
1987 Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol Mrs. Kirkland-Tackleberry
1987 Walk Like a Man Rhonda Shand
1988 Addicted to His Love Ellie Snyder Television film
1988 Illegally Yours Molly Gilbert
1988 Track 29 Arlanda
1989 Wicked Stepmother Jenny Fisher
1990 My Blue Heaven Dr. Margaret Snow Coppersmith
1991 Backfield in Motion Laurie Television film
1992 Wayne's World Mrs. Vanderhoff
1992 The Vagrant Judy Dansig
1992 Unbecoming Age Deborah
1993 For Their Own Good Chris Television film
1993 Sliver Judy Marks
1993 Last Action Hero Ratcliff
1993 Naked in New York Auditioned
1994 Greedy Patti
1995 Die Hard with a Vengeance Connie Kowalski
1995 The Baby-Sitters Club Maureen McGill
1995 Three Wishes Neighbor's Wife
1996 The Right to Remain Silent Mrs. Buford Lowry Television film
1996 House Arrest Mrs. Burtis
1996 The Associate Detective Jones
1996 The Lone Star Letters Deulah Pooch
1996 Suddenly Jude Television film
1997 The Ice Storm Dr. Pasmier
1997 Plump Fiction Viv
1997 Speed 2: Cruise Control Debbie
1999 Election Judith R. Flick
1999 Love Stinks Monica Harris
1999 Goosed Jane
1999 Jazz Night Marge Winslow
2000 Loser Homeless Woman
2000 Bar Hopping Chick with Ax to Grind Television film
2001 Someone Like You... Realtor
2001 An American Rhapsody Dottie Also co-producer
2001 Rat Race Rainbow House Nurse
2001 How to Make a Monster Faye Clayton Television film
2002 Joshua Joan Casey
2002 Second to Die Cynthia
2002 Trapped Joan Evans
2004 Who's Your Daddy? Beverly Hughes
2004 L.A. Twister Judith
2004 In Good Company Receptionist
2005 Mystery Woman: Mystery Weekend Maura Hobbs Television film
2005 Rumor Has It... Pasadenan Wife
2006 Material Girls Charlene
2006 Running with Scissors Joan
2006 Dead and Deader Mrs. Wisteria Television film
2006 Factory Girl Mrs. Whitley
2007 '77 Janet Johnson
2007 Noise Mrs. Broomell
2008 Four Christmases Aunt Donna
2009 Winter of Frozen Dreams Jerry's Mother
2009 Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Mrs. Shan
2009 Porky's Pimpin' Pee Wee Helen Morris
2010 Burning Palms Barbara Barish
2010 Psych:9 Beth
2011 Balls to the Wall Maureen
2011 Hollywood & Wine Judge Head
2011 Love, Wedding, Marriage Ethel
2011 Homecoming Cathy
2012 A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Karen
2012 Waffle Hut Carla Television film
2013 Palo Alto Sally
2013 American Hustle Brenda
2014 Chicanery Regina Moon
2014 She's Funny That Way Cece
2015 Knock Knock Vivian Also co-producer
2015 Joy Lori
2016 Always Shine Sandra
2017 The Truth About Lies May Also co-producer

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1973 Marcus Welby, M.D. Betty Adams 1 episode
1973 Love, American Style Jane / Diane 2 episodes
1975 Happy Days Rose 1 episode
1976 Harry O Karen Bremmer 1 episode
1976 Doc 1 episode
1976 Isis 1 episode
1976 Starsky and Hutch Bobette 1 episode
1976–1977 Rich Man, Poor Man—Book II Vicki St. John 6 episodes
1976 Man from Atlantis Amanda 1 episode
1979 Dallas Kristin Shepard 2 episodes
1981 The Dukes of Hazzard Bonnie Lane 1 episode
1982 WKRP Herself 1 episode
1984 Magnum, P.I. Valerie Cane 1 episode
1985 Tales from the Darkside Connie Squires 1 episode
1987–1988 Murder, She Wrote Dody Rogers / Dep. Marigold Feeney 2 episodes
1990 Tales from the Crypt Mrs. Mildred Korman 1 episode
1991 thirtysomething Deborah Branchflower Diggs 1 episode
1994 Tom Kara Wilhoit 12 episodes
1993–1996 Roseanne Jill / Dawn / Secretary 3 episodes
2006–2007 The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman Angela Birnbaum 4 episodes
2007 Entourage Marjorie 2 episodes
2009 House Charlotte 1 episode
2013 Mob City Woman in Restaurant 2 episodes
2015 American Dad! Voice 1 episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colleen Celeste Camp, Born 06/07/1953". California Birth Index. Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Actress Returns To Sex Symbol Role - Sun Sentinel". Articles.sun-sentinel.com. December 13, 1985. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Erwin, Fran (May 26, 1977). "From Bird Girl at Busch Gardens to movie star, her career takes flight". The Valley News. Van Nuys, California: Van Nuys Publishing. p. 60. ISSN 0192-7264. 
  4. ^ a b Morning News staff (October 31, 1974). "True Blond". The Morning News. Wilmington, Delaware: Gannett Company. p. 38. ISSN 1042-4121. 
  5. ^ Herefore Brand staff (April 6, 1975). "On the TV Scene". Hereford Brand. Hereford, Texas: Ray, Googer & Co. p. 14. OCLC 13695046. 
  6. ^ Curran, Barbara A. (2005). Dallas: The Complete Story of the World's Favorite Prime-Time Soap. Cumberland House Publishing. ISBN 978-1581824728. 
  7. ^ "Colleen Camp | Movies and Biography - Yahoo Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Review: 'American Hustle' shakes things up in madcap style - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. December 12, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Colleen Camp". Playbill. Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  10. ^ King, Susan (October 3, 2015). "In 'Knock Knock,' actress Colleen Camp has a cameo -- and a producer credit". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Colleen Camp Biography (1953-)". Filmreference.com. June 7, 1953. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 

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