Barbara Crampton Biography
Barbara Crampton's deep appreciation and love for the performing arts was developed at an early age as she grew up spending her summers travelling the country with the carnival in which her father worked as a carnie. Unconciously and uknowingly she was practically learning the basics of the craft her father was grooming her for. There among the performers, at rehearsals, watching them get ready before the show, watching their individual performaces, getting to talk and know them off stage, basically befriending the practitioners of the art she herself later in life would be practicing laid the solid foundation on which she has built her own house.
Although raised in Vermont, she was born in Levittown, Long Island, New York on December 27, 1962. Armed already with the basics on becoming a performer herself, signs of her acting upon them and a general interest to pursue it further more were evident as early as the seventh grade, actively joining school plays. In highschool she went on to study and pursue acting even more, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from Castleton State College in Vermont.
She ended playing the part of Cordelia in "King Lear", fresh out of highschool, on what was just supposed to be a quick stop at New York before heading where ever, suddenly she was now part of a production by the American Theater of Actors.
After New York, it was straight on to Loas Angeles to star in the now-cult-classic, gore fest horror film, "Re-Animator: From Beyond and Castle Freak" , subsequently stapling her name to the following movies of the same franchise, making her synonymous, often mentioned in one breath as this classic American B-film and all the sub-genres it has spawned since.
"Either-can-not-and-should'nt-exist-without-neither-it-would-not be-the-same" type of deals, a term od endearment given out of respect to Barbara Crampton by cult fans of said movie or relevant genre as their very own "Queen of Gore".
Her Tv persona on the otherhand, greatly contrasts from what her very own army of B-movie-loyal-zombie-cult-followers have grown to expect and love about their Barbara Crampton. Screaming, covered in what could only be puss or brain matter, bloodied and seemingly always running away from evil on the re-Animator movies and its franchises. Here she greatly shifts gears for her light-hearted character, Trista Evans in the popular daytime soap, "Days of our Lives". The soap was also her television debut. She displayed great versatility, range and just pure and simple acting skills by following a project that greatly differ the other.
During her time on another famous daytime soap on TV, "The Young and The Restless" playing the quircky character Leanna Love for four years. The Soap Opera Digest took notice and gave her an award for her performances on it. Before joining the cast of the Bold and Beautiful, another popular daytime TV soap opera where she played Maggie Forrester Warwick she was on Guiding Light as Melinda Lewis. Always keeping herself busy. she continued doing films and took on guest starring on other TV shows in between all her regular stints on daytime TV drama shows.
Engaged but never got the altar was her relationship with actor and director, Kritoffer Tabori, the couple called it quits in 1995. Her first marriage to cinematographer, David Boyd lasted only for two years. They were married on October 1 1998 and got divorced in 1990. She has since re-married and had two children with husband Robert Bleckman. They tied theknot on December 3 2000. She currently resides on the edge of San Francisco.
Evidently and active woman, as her body of work would testament to, it would seem Barbara Crampton has no time at all to slow down. On her free time away from showbusiness, she does all sorts of physical and recreational activities, skiing and horseback riding. Keeping her body as sharp as her mind she also runs, lift weights and yoga. Hunting for antiques at flea markets is something she also enjoys doing away from work.
Barbara Crampton has written a children's book based on her own experiences as a child growing up.