Colleen Camp

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Colleen Camp
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Camp in New York City, 2018
Colleen Celeste Camp

(1953-06-07) June 7, 1953 (age 69) [1]
Education John H. Francis Polytechnic High School
Alma mater Los Angeles Valley College
California State University, Northridge
  • Actress
  • film producer
Years active1973–present
Known for The Swinging Cheerleaders
Apocalypse Now
(m. 1986;div. 2001)

Colleen Celeste Camp (born June 7, 1953) is an American character actress and producer. After appearing in several bit parts, she had a lead role in the comedy The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974), followed by roles in two installments of the Police Academy series. Camp had supporting roles in Death Game (1977), Apocalypse Now (1979), and The Seduction (1982), after which she played Julie’s mother in Valley Girl and Yvette the Maid in the 1985 comedy Clue . [2]


Camp has continued to have minor and supporting roles in various independent and studio films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Election (1999), Factory Girl (2006), Palo Alto (2013), American Hustle (2013), and The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018).

Early life

Colleen Camp was born in San Francisco, California. She has two brothers, Don and Glen. [3] She moved to the San Fernando Valley at a young age and attended John H. Francis Polytechnic High School, Los Angeles Valley College, and California State University, Northridge, where she majored in English and minored in theater arts. [3]


To help pay for college, Camp trained macaws at Busch Gardens on weeknights, weekends, and then during summers performing for crowds of up to 2,000 in six shows a day, six days a week. [4] Aspiring to be an actress, Camp took private acting and singing lessons. She was noticed by a talent agent for her hour-long Busch Gardens television special featuring her and her birds, and hired for national-television commercials for Gallo wine and Touch of Sweden hand lotion. [3] [5] This exposure led to small television parts in shows such as Marcus Welby, M.D. , Happy Days , and Love, American Style , as well as a six-episode stint on the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man . [3]

Camp in The Swinging Cheerleaders (1975) Colleen-camp-trailer.jpg
Camp in The Swinging Cheerleaders (1975)

Camp landed small early roles in films like Funny Lady with Barbra Streisand and James Caan, and Smile with Bruce Dern and Barbara Feldon in 1975. [3] [4] She also appeared in the Bruce Lee movie Game of Death (1978) as his girlfriend, Ann, the young aspiring singer (her scenes were shot with a lookalike as Lee had died before she became involved) performing the film's love theme "Will This Be The Song I'll Be Singing Tomorrow". Camp went on to portray a Playmate in Francis Coppola's 1979 film Apocalypse Now (followed by an actual pictorial in the October 1979 Playboy), though most of her footage was cut from the initial theatrical release. She would later feature more prominently in Coppola's Redux cut. She was also the first actress to play Kristin Shepard, the sister of Linda Gray's character, in the primetime soap opera Dallas in 1979. Mary Crosby later replaced Camp in this role. [6]

Camp worked steadily in film comedies like Peter Bogdanovich's 1981 comedy They All Laughed , 1983's Valley Girl , 1985's Clue , and the 1994 Michael J. Fox comedy Greedy . She played a police officer in two of the Police Academy films and in Die Hard with a Vengeance . Camp was nominated twice for the Worst Supporting Actress Golden Raspberry Award – first, in 1982, for The Seduction , and then, in 1993, for Sliver . In 1999, she had a small part as character Tracy Flick's overbearing mother in the film Election , with Reese Witherspoon as Tracy. [7] She appeared in the episode "Simple Explanation" of House in 2009.

In 2013, she appeared in a supporting role in David O. Russell's American Hustle [8] The following year, Camp co-produced a Broadway production of Love Letters [9] and in 2015 co-produced Eli Roth's thriller Knock Knock in which she also appeared in a supporting role in the film. [10]

Personal life

In the late 1970s, Camp dated Dean Tavoularis, whom she met in the Philippines while filming Apocalypse Now. [3] In 1986, she married John Goldwyn, a Paramount executive, though they divorced in 2001. They have one daughter, Emily.[ citation needed ]

In November 2020, Camp's engagement to 34-year-old Garrett Moore, son of photographer Derry Moore, 12th Earl of Drogheda, was announced. [11]



1973 Battle for the Planet of the Apes JulieUncredited
1974 The Last Porno Flick Also known as: Those Mad, Mad Moviemakers
The Swinging Cheerleaders Mary Ann
1975 Funny Lady Billy's Girl
Smile Connie
1976 Ebony, Ivory & Jade Ginger Douglas
The Gumball Rally Franco's Date
Amelia Earhart Starlet
1977 Death Game Donna
Love and the Midnight Auto SupplyBillie Jean
1978 Game of Death Ann Morris
Lady of the HouseRosette
Cat in the CageGilda Riener
1979 Apocalypse Now Playmate
1980 Cloud Dancer Cindy
1981 They All Laughed Christy Miller
1982 The Seduction Robin
Deadly Games Randy
1983 Valley Girl Sarah Richman
Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 Dusty Trails
Trial by Terror
1984 The City Girl Rose
Joy of Sex Liz Sampson
The Rosebud Beach Hotel Tracy King
1985 Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment Sgt. Kathleen Kirkland
Doin' Time Nancy Catlett
D.A.R.Y.L. Elaine Fox
Clue Yvette
1986Screwball AcademyLiberty JeanStraight-to-video
1987 Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol Mrs. Kirkland-Tackleberry
Walk Like a Man Rhonda Shand
1988Addicted to His LoveEllie SnyderTelevision film
Illegally Yours Molly Gilbert
Track 29 Arlanda
1989 Wicked Stepmother Jenny Fisher
1990 My Blue Heaven Dr. Margaret Snow Coopersmith
1991 Backfield in Motion LaurieTelevision film
1992 Wayne's World Mrs. Vanderhoff
The Vagrant Judy Dansig
Unbecoming Age Deborah
1993For Their Own GoodChrisTelevision film
Sliver Judy Marks
Last Action Hero Ratcliff
Naked in New York Auditioner
1994 Greedy Patti
1995 Die Hard with a Vengeance Connie Kowalski
The Baby-Sitters Club Maureen McGill
Three Wishes Neighbor's Wife
1996 The Right to Remain Silent Mrs. Buford LowryTelevision film
House Arrest Mrs. Burtis
The Associate Detective Jones
The Lone Star LettersDeulah Pooch
Suddenly JudeTelevision film
1997 The Ice Storm Dr. Pasmier
Plump Fiction Viv
Speed 2: Cruise Control Debbie
1999 Election Judith R. Flick
Love Stinks Monica Harris
Jazz NightMarge Winslow
2000 Loser Homeless Woman
Bar Hopping Chick with Ax to GrindTelevision film
2001 Someone Like You... Realtor
An American Rhapsody DottieAlso co-producer
Rat Race Rainbow House Nurse
How to Make a Monster Faye ClaytonTelevision film
2002 Joshua Joan Casey
Second to Die Cynthia
Trapped Joan Evans
2004 Who's Your Daddy? Beverly Hughes
L.A. TwisterJudith
In Good Company Receptionist
2005 Mystery Woman: Mystery Weekend Maura HobbsTelevision film
Rumor Has It... Pasadenan Wife
2006 Material Girls Charlene
Running with Scissors Joan
Dead and Deader Mrs. WisteriaTelevision film
Factory Girl Mrs. Whitley
2007 Noise Mrs. Broomell
2008 Four Christmases Aunt Donna
2009 Winter of Frozen Dreams Jerry's Mother
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Mrs. Shan
Porky's Pimpin' Pee Wee Helen Morris
2010 Burning Palms Barbara Barish
2011 Balls to the Wall Maureen
Hollywood & Wine Judge Head
Love, Wedding, Marriage Ethel
2012 A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Karen
Waffle HutCarlaTelevision film
2013 Palo Alto Sally
American Hustle Brenda
2014ChicaneryRegina Moon
She's Funny That Way Cece
2015 Knock Knock VivianAlso co-producer
Joy Lori
2016 Always Shine Sandra
2017 An Imperfect Murder Elaine Lockman
The Truth About Lies MayAlso co-producer
2018 The House with a Clock in Its Walls Mrs. Hanchett
2020 Spenser Confidential Mara
Mainstream Judy
2021 Violet Connie Campos
2022 9 Bullets Drew
Monstrous Mrs. Langtree
Back on the Strip Rita
Amsterdam Eva Ott
5-25-77 Janet Johnson


1973 Marcus Welby, M.D. Betty Adams1 episode
Love, American Style Jane / Diane2 episodes
1975 Happy Days Rose1 episode
1976 Harry O Karen Bremmer1 episode
Doc 1 episode
Isis Wynn1 episode
Starsky and Hutch Bobette1 episode
1976–1977 Rich Man, Poor Man—Book II Vicki St. John6 episodes
1976 Man from Atlantis Amanda1 episode
1979 Dallas Kristin Shepard 2 episodes
1981 The Dukes of Hazzard Bonnie Lane1 episode
1982 WKRP Herself1 episode
1984 Magnum, P.I. Valerie Cane1 episode
1985 Tales from the Darkside Connie Squires1 episode
1987–1988 Murder, She Wrote Dody Rogers / Dep. Marigold Feeney2 episodes
1990 Tales from the Crypt Mrs. Mildred Korman1 episode
1991 thirtysomething Deborah Branchflower Diggs1 episode
1994 Tom Kara Wilhoit12 episodes
1993–1996 Roseanne Jill / Dawn / Secretary3 episodes
2006–2007 The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman Angela Birnbaum4 episodes
2007 Entourage Marjorie2 episodes
2009 House Charlotte1 episode
2013 Mob City Woman in Restaurant2 episodes
2015 American Dad! Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (voice)1 episode
2017Signed, Sealed, and Delivered: Home AgainSunny HaywithTelevision film
2018 Andi Mack Cookie1 episode

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