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When you’re casting a role as big as Victoria Grayson’s mother on Revenge, it’s important to pick someone who was just a fabulous in her own heyday. So show creator Mike Kelley opted for ‘70s sex symbol Adrienne Barbeau.

This actress rose to fame on the TV show Maude and in horror roles typically cast by her former husband, John Carpenter.

Adrienne will play Shiela Harper, a working class mother who wants to climb society’s ladder.

“She taught Victoria what it takes to survive with very little, with your wit and your looks, really,” Mike Kelley tells TVLine. “We will learn how the monster that is Victoria Grayson was put together, and we’ll learn that there’s a lot of damage that went into this little girl that became Victoria Grayson — and that it was at the hands of her mother. So, Emily and Victoria will share a lot more than they would have ever expected in terms of family.”

We’ve been rooting for Emily and Victoria to band together since day one, but chances are that won’t happen anytime soon. So the only question that remains is, what’s Adrienne’s stance on bandage dresses?

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