It’s hard to believe it’s been over 30 years since Chloe Webb broke out in the hit 1988 comedy Twins, starring alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito.
Though Twins was one of Webb’s first major Hollywood roles, the quirky actress made quite an impression with audiences. But what has become of Chloe Webb in the decades since her big breakout performance?
Chloe Webb was born on June 25, 1956, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan. She spent her youth moving along the East Coast, primarily growing up in Syracuse, New York.
Her father, a bridge and road designer, often moved for work, which meant Chloe experienced various locales during her formative years.
At the tender age of sixteen, Webb pursued her passion for singing, performing in bars even though she was underage. However, she soon realized that her true calling was acting, a field in which she felt more adept.
In April 1982, Webb joined “Forbidden Broadway,” an Off-Broadway revue parodying musical theatre.
Sid and Nancy
Chloe Webb’s film debut came in 1986 with Alex Cox’s “Sid & Nancy,” where she portrayed Nancy Spungen, the troubled girlfriend of punk rock singer Sid Vicious.
Sid and Nancy is a poignant film that delves into the tumultuous relationship between Sid Vicious, the British bassist of the iconic punk band the Sex Pistols, and his American girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. Their tragic love story, marked by drugs and chaos, ended with Spungen’s mysterious death and Vicious’s subsequent overdose, both at the tender age of 21.
Chloe Webb brilliantly portrayed Nancy Spungen, capturing the essence of a complex character who was both a passionate lover and a troubled soul. Webb’s portrayal of Nancy was both raw and authentic, bringing to life the intensity and tragedy of a young woman caught in a whirlwind of love, fame, and addiction.
To prepare for this demanding role, Webb went to great lengths to understand and embody her character. She met with Nancy Spungen’s sister, Susan, gaining insights into Nancy’s personal life and the dynamics of her relationship with Sid.
Webb, along with her co-star Gary Oldman, spent weeks researching the couple. They read volumes of articles, books, and firsthand accounts about Sid and Nancy, and conversed with individuals who had personally known them.
In 1988 Webb portrayed Laurette Barber on the tv series China Beach.” The series aired from 1988 to 1991 and is set during the Vietnam War at the China Beach rest and recreation base in Da Nang, Vietnam.
It offers a unique perspective on the war by focusing on the experiences of women, both military personnel and civilians, stationed at the base.
Laurette Barber is a USO singer from Paoli, Pennsylvania, who is determined to make a big name for herself. Her character brings a touch of entertainment and relief to the soldiers and personnel at China Beach amidst the grim realities of war.
Webb was on the show for 7 episodes of the first season.
In 1988, Chloe Webb starred in the Ivan Reitman comedy “Twins,” playing the eccentric girlfriend of Danny DeVito’s character.
“Twins” is a comedic film that centers around the unexpected revelation that two distinctly different men, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, are long-lost twins separated at birth.
Chloe Webb plays the role of Linda Mason, the girlfriend of Danny DeVito’s character, Vincent Benedict. Linda is a supportive and loving partner to Vincent, and Webb’s portrayal brings both charm and authenticity to the character.
She also made a cameo in “Ghostbusters II” in 1989 and co-starred alongside Denzel Washington and Bob Hoskins in “Heart Condition” in 1990.
Throughout her career, Webb has seamlessly transitioned between film and television, showcasing her range and adaptability.
After her breakout role in Twins, Chloe Webb went on to have a steady career as a character actress in both film and television throughout the 1990s and 2000s.
Some highlights include recurring TV roles on shows like House, CSI, and Medium. She also appeared in films such as A Dangerous Woman (1993), The Newton Boys (1998), and Practical Magic (1998).
Though never becoming a major mainstream star, Webb carved out a niche for herself playing quirky, offbeat characters in independent films and supporting roles in larger studio productions.
In 2011, Chloe Webb landed a recurring role as Monica Gallagher on the show ‘Shameless’. The show is a comedy-drama television series that chronicles the dysfunctional family of Frank Gallagher, a neglectful single father of six, and how his alcohol and drug addiction affect his family.
Monica Gallagher is the estranged wife of Frank and the biological mother of the Gallagher children. Monica’s character is complex, battling bipolar disorder and substance abuse issues.
Her sporadic appearances throughout the series bring both chaos and moments of tenderness, offering a deeper understanding of the Gallagher family dynamics.
What is Chloe Webb Doing Now?
Although Chloe Webb has not announced her retirement from acting, her acting career has slowed down considerably. Webb’s last acting credit came in 2020 for the children’s movie Wish Upon a Unicorn, where she played the character of ‘Rose’ and in 2019, she made an appeared in an episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”