|Education||Castleton State College (BA)|
(m. 1988; div. 1990)
Barbara Crampton is an American actress and producer. She made her screen debut on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives (1983), and is best known on television for her role as Leanna Love on the soap opera The Young and the Restless (1987–93; 1998–2002; 2006–07), for which she was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess in a Drama Series – Daytime in 1990.
Her film debut was in 1984's Body Double, and then she gained popularity by starring in the horror comedy Re-Animator (1985). Since then, Crampton has made a remarkable career in horror and thriller films. Her notable credits include Chopping Mall (1986), From Beyond (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).
Crampton was born in Levittown, Long Island, New York. She was raised Catholic. 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. She was a Theater Arts Major at Castleton State College from 1976 to 1981.
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. 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. By September of the same year, their engagement was called off. 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. 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), co-starring Lisa Marie and Larry Fessenden. Both films received positive reviews from critics.
Crampton next appeared 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.
In 2018, Crampton was given the prestigious Horror Channel Lifetime Achievement Award at Grimmfest in Manchester, United Kingdom.
In 2019, it was announced that Crampton would be voicing the role of serial killer Nicolette Aster in an audio drama adaptation of Our Lady of the Inferno.
In 2021, Crampton appeared in the Lovecraftian film Sacrifice.
In December 1986, Crampton appeared in a nude pictorial in Playboy magazine titled "Simply Beastly. Behind every successful monster, there's a woman."
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, Robert Bleckman, and their three children.
|1986||Chopping Mall||Suzie Lynn|
|1986||From Beyond||Dr. Katherine McMichaels||Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actress|
|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|
|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|
|2011||You're Next||Aubrey Davison|
|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|
|2016||Beyond the Gates||Evelyn|
|2016||Little Sister||The Reverend Mother|
|2016||Day of Reckoning||Stella|
|2017||Death House||Dr. Karen Redmane|
|2017||Replace||Dr. Rafaela Crober|
|2018||Dead Night||Leslie Bison|
|2018||Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich||Carol Doreski|
|2019||In Search of Darkness||Herself||Documentary film|
|2020||Run Hide Fight||Mrs. Crawford|
|2020||Stay Home||Barbara||Short film|
|2020||In Search of Darkness: Part II||Herself||Documentary film|
|2021||Jakob's Wife||Anne Fedder||Producer|
|1983–84||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|
|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|
|2001||Lightning: Fire from the Sky||Mayor Sylvia Scott||Movie|
|2018||Channel Zero: The Dream Door||Vanessa Moss||6 episodes|
|2019||Into the Dark||Betty||Episode: "Culture Shock"|
|2021||Creepshow||Victoria||Episode: "Pipe Screams/Within the Walls of Madness"|