A look at the actress' work since her role as Carol Traynor on ''Maude''

By Alan Carter
Updated July 30, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT

Distinguishing Features: Could say mother in five syllables.
You Never Forget Your First: ”It was my first TV experience. We all got along and the writing and directing were first-rate. It spoiled me. Most of the stuff on now isn’t very funny. I don’t even watch sitcoms anymore.”
On Being a Sex Symbol: ”I know I look better now than I did then — I was always on the zaftig side. I had a thyroid condition straightened out and four years ago starting bodybuilding. I don’t look like this from plastic surgery.”
Life After Cancellation: Starred in ex-husband John Carpenter’s The Fog and Escape From New York, as well as Wes Craven’s Swamp Thing. ”I invested well and have a nest egg. I can do things I really want to do.” Last year Barbeau, 48, played a bustier-wearing biker mama on HBO’s Dream On (”Not bad for a woman over 40, huh?”). Currently, she’s the voice of Catwoman on Fox’s animated Batman series and is in the upcoming Hollywood Pictures film Fatherhood. Lives in L.A. with son Cody, 9 (from her marriage to Carpenter), and her husband, producer Billy Van Zandt.
Other Classic Sexy Daughters: Susan Dey as The Partridge Family‘s Laurie Partridge, Marta Kristen as Lost in Space‘s Judy Robinson, Maureen McCormick as The Brady Bunch‘s Marcia.