Although she will always be best remembered for her role in “Maude,” Adrienne is an artist who has made her mark in film (she starred in numerous horror/sci fi movies); on stage (she was nominated for a Tony in "Grease"); additional TV appearances since “Maude” (recurring roles in several series); as a singer (she's released a solo CD) and as a writer (she's authored three books).
Born in Sacramento to a French-Canadian father and Armenian-American mother, Adrienne performed in community theater in San Jose during her teen years. She never considered Hollywood, because she thought of it as a “flesh market;” instead she moved to New York to become a stage actress.
“I didn't know anything about the business,"she told www.terrortrap.com. "I didn't go to movies. I didn't watch television. I sort of learned by doing it and didn't really have an icon that I looked up to."
A part in “Fiddler on the Roof” led Adrienne to the choice role of Rizzo in the original Broadway production of “Grease” in 1972, where she won a Theater Guild Award and was nominated for a Tony.
"(The Tony nomination) was completely unexpected. It had never crossed my mind that the Grease cast would even be eligible for a Tony,” she said. “The show opened in an Off Broadway arena. It was technically a Broadway contract because we were in a huge theater...but we were definitely 'outside' the Broadway area."
“Grease” was a stepping stone for Adrienne earning her role in “Maude,” which debuted in the fall of 1972. After reading the rave reviews, creator Norman Lear sent his casting director to see the play, which led to Adrienne auditioning to play Carol.