Barbara Crampton
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Crampton in 2017
Born (1958-12-27) December 27, 1958 (age 63)
EducationCastleton State College (BA)
Years active1983–present
(m. 1988; div. 1990)
Robert Bleckman
(m. 2000)

Barbara Crampton (born December 27, 1958)[1][2] is an American actress and producer. She began her career in the 1980s in television soap operas before starring in horror and thriller films—both paths would define her continued accolade-winning career.[3]

Crampton made her television debut on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives (1983–84) before a supporting role as Leanna Love on the soap opera The Young and the Restless (1987–93, 1998–2002, 2006–07). Later in her career, she would appear in television horror anthologies such as Syfy's Channel Zero: The Dream Door (2018), Hulu's Into the Dark (2019), and Shudder's Creepshow (2021).

She made her film debut in Body Double (1984), but received recognition in the comedy horror film Re-Animator (1985) as Megan Halsey and the science fiction film From Beyond (1986) as Dr. Katherine McMichaels. Later defining roles are Chopping Mall (1986), Puppet Master (1989), Castle Freak (1995), You're Next (2011), We Are Still Here (2015), Little Sister (2016), Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018), and Jakob's Wife (2021), for which she was nominated for Critics' Choice Super Awards.[4]

Early life

Crampton was born December 27, 1958 in Levittown, Long Island, New York.[2] She was raised Roman Catholic.[5] Crampton grew up in Vermont, and spent summers 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 attended Castleton State College in Vermont graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts. After graduation, Crampton made a brief stop in New York, where she appeared as Cordelia in King Lear for the American Theater of Actors.[6] She was a Theater Arts Major at Castleton State College from 1976 to 1981.[7]


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.[8] 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 portrayed archeologist Dr. Leda Fanning in Robot Wars with Don Michael Paul. That year she also 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.[9] By September of the same year, their engagement was called off.[10] 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.[11] She had a supporting role in the 2011 horror slasher film You're Next and played the leading role Anne Sacchetti in We Are Still Here (2015),[12] co-starring Lisa Marie and Larry Fessenden.[13] Both films received positive reviews from critics.[14]

Crampton next appeared in Abner Pastoll's "taut Euro thriller" Road Games,[15] in which she speaks both French and English.[16] 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.[17]

In 2018, Crampton was given the prestigious Horror Channel Lifetime Achievement Award at Grimmfest in Manchester, United Kingdom.[18]

In 2021, Crampton produced and starred in the horror-drama Jakob's Wife, which she personally developed over the course of several years. The same year, she voiced serial killer Nicolette Aster in an audio drama adaptation of Our Lady of the Inferno[19] and appeared in the Lovecraftian film Sacrifice.[20] In 2021, she also did a voice role for the first-person shooter video game Back 4 Blood (2021) as Mom.

Personal life

In December 1986, Crampton appeared in a nude pictorial in Playboy magazine titled "Simply Beastly. Behind every successful monster, there's a woman."[21]

She married director of photography David Boyd on October 1, 1988. They divorced in 1990.

As of 2015, Crampton lives in Mill Valley, California with her husband, and their three children.[22]



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Body Double Carol
1985 Fraternity Vacation Chrissie
Re-Animator Megan Halsey
1986 Chopping Mall Suzie Lynn
From Beyond Dr. Katherine McMichaels Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actress
1987 Kidnapped Bonnie
1988 Pulse Pounders Said Brady Segment: The Evil Clergyman. Considered a lost film until the discovery of a workprint in 2011 where it was then digitally restored and released.
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 Davison
2012 The Lords of Salem Virginia Cable
2013 Paisley Christine
The Cartridge Family Mom Short film
The Well Grace
2014 Sun Choke Irma
2015 We Are Still Here Anne Sacchetti Nominated - Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress
The Divine Tragedies Mother
Road Games Mary Also producer
Tales of Halloween Darla
2016 Beyond the Gates Evelyn Also producer
Little Sister The Reverend Mother
Day of Reckoning Stella
2017 Death House Dr. Karen Redmane
Replace Dr. Rafaela Crober
2018 Dead Night Leslie Bison
Reborn Lena
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich Carol Doreski
2019 In Search of Darkness Herself Documentary film[23]
2020 Run Hide Fight Mrs. Crawford
Stay Home Barbara Short film[24]
In Search of Darkness: Part II Herself Documentary film
Sacrifice Renate Nygard
Castle Freak Producer
2021 Jakob's Wife Anne Fedder Producer
Nominated — Critics' Choice Super Award for Best Actress in a Horror Movie
King Knight Ruth
Superhost Vera
Alone with You Mom
2022 Snow Valley post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1983–84 Days of Our Lives Trista Evans Bradford
1984 Rituals Sandy Hutchison Episode: "Pilot"
Love Thy Neighbor Carol ABC television film
Santa Barbara Paula
1985 Hotel Stacy Episode: "Obsessions"
1986 Prince of Bel Air Anne White ABC television film
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 Michele Connolly 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
Lightning: Fire from the Sky Mayor Sylvia Scott Pax television film
2018 Channel Zero: The Dream Door Vanessa Moss 6 episodes
2019 Into the Dark Betty Episode: "Culture Shock"
2021 Creepshow Victoria Episode: "Pipe Screams"


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