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Overview (4)

Born in Davenport, Iowa, USA
Birth NameLinnea Barbara Quigley
Nicknames Barb
Kelly Lindstrom
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Barbara Linnea Quigley was born in Davenport, Iowa, on May 27, 1958 to Heath and Dorothy Quigley. Her Mother was a housewife and her Father a noted Chiropractor and psychologist. After moving with her family to Los Angeles in the late 1970s, the short, petite Linnea began working at a Jack Lalanne Spa. There she was encouraged to try modeling and acting. She soon began getting small parts in commercials and B-movies, such as "Stone Cold Dead" (1979) and "Wheeler" (1975). Her breakout role was in "The Return of the Living Dead" (1985), which has gone on to become a cult classic, and established her firmly as "Queen of the Bs". Her reign was supreme in the late 1980s with such films as "Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama" (1988), "Night of the Demons (1988), and "Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers" (1988) In 2001 Linnea moved to Florida to be closer to her ailing parents who had settled there after her father retired. As of this writing she resides in south Florida with her beloved dogs. She is a devoted animal rights advocate, and also leads a strict Vegan lifestyle. Linnea continues to appear in, and produce films. She also appears at Horror Conventions around the globe, where she is a fan favorite. She has written two books about her life in the B-movie industry, "Bio & Chainsaw," in 1992 and "I'm Screaming as Fast as I Can" in 1995. After more than 35 years and more than 125 films, Linnea Quigley is still "America's Scream Queen".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: HGB Entertainment

Family (2)

Spouse Steve Johnson (17 January 1990 - 1992)  (divorced)
Parents Dorothy Quigley
William Heath Quigley

Trade Mark (2)

Linnea is known for her signature scream.
Often appears nude/topless in her movies

Trivia (27)

Has contributed to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) campaigns. She is well-known for working on PETA's "Lettuce Ladies" campaign, where people educate others about vegetarian lifestyles while wearing only lettuce. She even had a poster made to promote this animal rights campaign.
Was once in an all-girl band called "The Skirts".
Appears at horror conventions several times a year to meet her fans.
Her first major foray into acting was a toothpaste commercial.
In the early '90s she wanted to become an officer with the Los Angeles (CA) Police Department. She passed the written test but decided to continue acting instead.
Starred in three horror films where something evil was unwittingly released upon a group of people: The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988), and Night of the Demons (1988).
Said her worst experience with special FX makeup was during The Return of the Living Dead (1985), in which she had to endure several experimental makeup tests and wear a "featureless Barbie-doll prosthetic" over her crotch because a producer felt that full-frontal nudity was too shocking.
Interviewed in the book "Invasion of the B-Girls" by Jewel Shepard.
Ranked #9 on Maxim's "Hottest Women of Horror Movies" list.
Wears a size 4-1/2 shoe.
Attended Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, IA.
Known as "Barb" to her friends growing up in Iowa.
Before she started her acting career, she worked at a Jack LaLanne Health Spa.
At age 15 she represented Bettendorf, IA, in the Miss National Teenager Pageant.
In August 2003 she re-formed her band, the Skirts, and played the Monster Mania festival in Cherry Hill, NJ, and the Scream Fest in Plantation, FL.
Auditioned for a supporting role in Reservoir Dogs (1992) at director Quentin Tarantino's behest. The part she was to play was later removed from the script.
Was cast as a dancing skeleton that pops out of a cake at the end of Dead Head (1986). However, the scene was cut. This footage is available for viewing on Stephen King's World of Horror (1989) (a.k.a. This Is Horror) (segment on the Steve Johnson 's SFX Studio).
Was cast in the role of a demon, wearing an abstract sculpture designed by special effects artist Evan Campbell, in the Clive Barker film Lord of Illusions (1995). Her scenes ended up on the cutting room floor.
Played a small role in American Gigolo (1980) but her part was cut from the finished film.
She shares a birthday with Vincent Price, May 27.
She was considered for the role of Tamara in Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989).
She turned down Eileen Davidson's role in The House on Sorority Row (1982).
She was originally cast as Muffy/Buffy in April Fool's Day (1986), but scheduling conflicts with The Return of the Living Dead (1985) forced her to leave the movie.
She was the first choice for the role of Claudia in Beverly Hills Vamp (1989).
Auditioned for the role of Cody in Stripped to Kill (1987), but turned it down.
Auditioned for the role of Coel in The Haunting of Morella (1990), but turned it down.
Website Mr. Skin posted in Oct. 2020 that she was one of the top four "scream queens" who've done the most on-screen nudity, though not all of their nude scenes were in horror films. According to the list she had 64. The other three were Debbie Rochon (40), Jamie Lee Curtis (20) and Milla Jovavich (20).

Personal Quotes (9)

I never wanted a sugar-coated life.
You have more say on a low-budget film. You don't have a million people telling you what to do.
[on nudity in movies] As I've done more and more films, I find that they sometimes impose nudity in certain scenes where I really don't want to do it. There should be some kind of restraint on love scenes. I love to watch them when they're nicely shot, but don't necessarily show a lot. You can show just a little bit and still get the idea.
My favorites, selected from my own movies, are Savage Streets (1984), The Return of the Living Dead (1985) and Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988). One of the differences between my association with horror films and scream queens of past generations is that I don't faint as much.
Oh, come on, men love naked women. It's a compliment, like women hate construction workers gawking at them, but when they stop, that's bad.
I like playing tough girls, because they're so different from who I am. It's really boring to play the good, nice girl--that's too much like my real personality.
Nudity is a big part of a lot of my films. The guys get upset if they don't see some breasts.'
[Nudity] is part of life. Guys go to the beach to see girls in bikinis. It's just guys being guys. It doesn't make a difference if I'm wearing a bikini or not.
[most fun she's had with a role] Well, the role of Trash was a lot of fun, but I think the most fun I had, because I hadn't at that point played that many parts like that, was probably Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama, where I got to be the tough girl. I had no nudity, and it was so fun. It was like a dream role.

Salary (1)

Nightmare Sisters (1988) $400

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