Barbara Crampton –

Barbara Crampton in Castle Freak.

About Barbara Crampton (1958 – ____)

Barbara 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.

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.

Barbara Crampton's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
1984Body DoubleCarol
1985Fraternity VacationChrissie
1985Re-AnimatorMegan Halsey
1986Chopping MallSuzie Lynn
1986From BeyondDr. Katherine McMichaels
1989Puppet MasterWoman at Carnival
1991Trancers IISadie Brady
1993Robot WarsLeda
1995Castle FreakSusan Reilly
1996Space TruckersCarol
1998The GodsonGoldy
1999Cold HarvestChristine Chaney
2000Learning to Surf
2001Thy Neighbor's WifeNicole Garrett
2004The SisterhoodMs. Master
2006Read You Like a BookZoe
2008Never EnoughDr. Gladmore
2011You're NextAubrey
2012Pulse PoundersSaid Brady
2012The Lords of SalemVirginia Cable
2013The Cartridge FamilyMom
2013The WellGrace
2014Sun ChokeIrma
2015We Are Still HereAnne Sacchetti
2015The Divine TragediesMother
2015Road GamesMary
2015Tales of HalloweenDarla
2015Death House

Barbara Crampton's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
1983Days of Our LivesTrista Evans Bradford
1984RitualsSandy Hutchison
1984Love Thy NeighborCarol
1984Santa BarbaraPaula
1986Prince of Bel AirAnne White
The Young and the RestlessLeanna Love
1993Civil Wars
Guiding LightMindy Lewis Spaulding
The Bold and the BeautifulMaggie Forrester Warwick
1997The NannyBarbara Crampton
1998Party of FiveWoman Shopper
1999Pacific BlueGloria Stockwell
2001Spyder GamesDr. Leslie Bogan
2001Lightning: Fire from the SkyMayor Sylvia Scott

Memorable Quotes by Barbara Crampton

“I like a man who is a real man. No mambi pambi bullshit. A man of few words and big action. Intelligent and who can make me laugh.”

“What you don't see often enough in horror films are smart and capable women. A lot of horror movies appeal to men and they're written by men, so it's kind of what men want to see. They're written from the male point of view. I think in life we have this issue and in films we have the issue where the women are not as often in control. Men are more in control and art imitates life, so we see that more and more in the movies. It's probably representative of where women are right now and where they're going. ”

“Today, these young filmmakers I'm working with, it seems all important to get your film edited and ready so you can submit it to one of the big genre film festivals where distributors go and watch and look for their new products, and it just seems like a wonderful way for people to share their products, meet other people, and collaborate and find out information about this movie, that movie. You know, the word of mouth about all of these other movies that are in production is so visible now with the aid of social media and Twitter and Facebook. ”

“Everybody knows what everybody's doing and the [horror] community today is much more in tune with one another. In the 80's, I just knew the people I was working with on a film set. I didn't know a director unless I was working with him, but now I've met these young directors at film festivals and karaoke in LA and bowling parties. It just seems that there is a whole community now, and they're so supportive of one another and so collaborative.”

[on acting in modern horror films] “I just think it's fantastic. I'm enjoying my time now working in it more than I did in the 80's! I felt like I was just doing my little acting job, coming and doing it, and then we'd get a review by Roger Ebert or Pauline Kael and that was it. Now I met all the reviewers at the film festivals! It's just much more of an exciting, artistic community that is really collaborative, so I think it's really exciting now. I'm just jazzed to be back and hanging out with all of these young people.”

[on the difference on how movies are made today than in the past] “Well, they're digital, so it's much faster. And seemingly almost anybody can make a movie now. It's not this mysterious, magical process anymore. Anybody can learn how to do it and put some players and a script together and get some bodies to work on a movie, but to do it well, of course, is a different story. But also, when I was younger, the movies I did had the distribution built in, and we didn't have to worry about selling a movie.”

Things You May Not Know About Barbara Crampton

Was engaged to actor/director Kristoffer Tabori.

Graduated from Rutland Senior High School in Rutland, Vermont in 1977.

Has two children by her husband Robert Bleckman. Their names are Olivia and Luke.

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Barbara Crampton in the role that made her famous,
as Megan Halsey in Re-Animator (1985).
Crampton in The Divine Tragedies (2015).
Crampton in Sun Choke (2014).
In Road Games (2015), with Frederic Pierrot.
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Crampton in From Beyond (1986)... top picture with Jeffrey Combs... with Ted Sorel in picture three... with Combs and Ken Foree in bottom picture.
Looking vulnerable in You're Next (2011).
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Barbara Crampton in We Are Still Here (2015).