Colleen is an American character actress and movie producer, who starred in the comedy film “The Swinging Cheerleaders” and two installments of the film series “Police Academy.”

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Age, Early Life, and Education Background

Colleen Celeste Camp was born under the Gemini zodiac sign on 7 June 1953, in San Francisco, California, which makes her 70 years old as of 2023. She’s the daughter of Wilson and Dorothy Camp, and was raised alongside her brothers Don and Glen Camp. Colleen became interested in acting at a young age, and began appearing in regional theater plays when she was three.

Colleen’s family relocated to the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles when she was a child. She was enrolled at John H. Francis Polytechnic High School, and thereafter matriculated to Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC). The actress is also an alumnus of California State University,  graduating with an English major and a minor in Theater Arts.

Career Beginnings – Bird Training

While in college, Colleen worked as a macaw trainer in the amusement park Busch Gardens, on weekends and weeknights to raise her tuition fees. Concurrently, Colleen took private singing and acting lessons, and was noticed by a talent agent when she was performing in a Busch Gardens TV special that featured her birds – the agent hired her to appear in national TV commercials for the Touch of Sweden lotion and Gallo Wine. Colleen began appearing in films and TV series after gaining exposure in the park shows.

TV Appearances

After making her TV debut as Betty Adams in an episode of the medical drama “Marcus Welby, M.D.” in 1973, Colleen appeared in an episode or two of various other shows in the late to mid-70s – in 1976 and 1977, she made a six-episode appearance in the ABC miniseries “Rich Man, Poor Man – Book II.” Her following appearance was in the CBS prime time soap opera “Dallas” (1979), which is centered around the feuding and affluent family the Ewings, who have a massive cattle ranch, and run the independent oil firm, Ewing Oil.

In 1994, Colleen landed the recurring role of Kara Wilhoit in the CBS TV sitcom “Tom,” which was canceled after a three-month run due to poor ratings. She shared the screen with Tom Arnold, Jason Marsden, and Alison La Placa and appeared in 12 episodes of the sitcom.

Colleen then took a 10-year break from TV series to focus on film roles, after appearing in three episodes of the ABC sitcom “Roseanne” from 1993 to 1996. Her next appearances were in the comedy “The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman” (2006-2007), the HBO comedy-drama “Entourage” in 2007, the neo-noir crime drama “Mob City” in 2013, and most recently Colleen appeared in an episode of the family comedy-drama “Andi Mack” in 2018.

Film Appearances and Production Work

In 1974, Camp made her career breakthrough with her role of Mary Ann in the comedy-drama “The Swinging Cheerleaders,” in which college journalist Kate (played by Jo Johnston) uncovers a major conspiracy involving the school’s football team trainer after she infiltrates its cheerleading team to write an article about female exploitation. Camp later appeared in the 1976 comedy “The Gumball Rally”, and the epic war film “Apocalypse Now” in 1979. However, her performance in the 1982 thriller, “The Seduction” saw her nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress in 1983. In 1985, Colleen was cast as Sergent Kathleen Kirkland in the second installment of the “Police Academy” film franchise entitled “Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment”, and reprised her role in its fourth installment, “Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol” in 1987.

1993 saw Camp cast as Judy Marks in the erotic thriller “Silver”, and again nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress for her performance in 1994. In the year that followed, she shared the screen with Bruce Wilis in the action thriller “Die Hard with a Vengeance.”

Camp co-produced and appeared in the 2001 biographical drama “An American Rhapsody”, and  appeared in various films throughout the next two decades. She co-produced and appeared in the 2015 thriller “Knock Knock”, and the 2017 romantic comedy “The Truth About Lies.” Recently in 2022, she appeared in five films including the Christian Bale-starred mystery comedy “Amsterdam.”

Other Works

Camp was the writer of the 1977 thriller movie “Death Game.”

She has performed various songs in the movies “Game of Death,” “The Thing Called Love,” and “Cat in the Cage.”

The actress received special thanks for her performances in the films “Accidents” (2009) and “Roseanne for President!” (2015).

Camp has appeared in various talk shows, including “Hollywood Insider,” “Celebrity Page,” and “The Bob Hope Show.”

Personal Life

Camp seems to be in a serious relationship with British man Garrett Moore, who is one of the sons of the 12th Earl of Drogheda, Derry Moore. Garrett’s father is also known for his works in photography. In November 2020 Garrett proposed to the actress, who previously shed some light on their relationship stating, ‘We have had a magical and wonderful relationship over the last few years. We have the same sense of humor. Laughter is something that truly was the key ingredient to our special bond.’

Camp was previously married to the American film producer and Paramount executive, John Goldwyn, from 1986 to 2001. Camp is five years older than John – the duo has a daughter named Emily Goldwyn, who has followed in her parents’ footsteps to become an actress, producer and writer, known for writing 15 episodes of the TV series “Sherman’s Showcase,” 11 episodes of “SMILF” and for producing 10 episodes of both the TV series “Life & Beth” and “Emily in Paris.” John came out gay shortly after divorcing Camp, and walked the aisle with JK Hotel Group owner, Jeffrey Michael Klein, in 2013.

In the late ‘70s, Colleen was in a romantic relationship with the Greek-American production designer, Dean Tavoularis, who hails from Lowell, Massachusetts. Tavoularis has worked on various box office hits, including “The Godfather” film series, “Bonnie and Clyde,” and “The Brink’s Job.” The former lovebirds met on the sets of the acclaimed war movie “Apocalypse Now,” filmed at Baler, Philippines. Their relationship was short-lived and lasted for a year.

Colleen follows the Christianity religion.

She is interested in politics and is a Democrat.

Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance

Colleen is of White ethnicity, has a pair of green eyes and blonde hair. She is 5ft 2ins (1.57m) tall, weighs approximately 145lbs (66kgs), and her vital statistics are 38-25-36.

Net Worth

Colleen has accumulated a good sum from her acting and production works, which has enabled her to lead a lavish lifestyle. She is reputedly worth approximately $5 million as of 2023.

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