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Priscilla Barnes (born December 7, 1955) is an American actress known for her role as nurse Terri Alden on the American television sitcom Three`s Company. Barnes became the permanent replacement for Suzanne Somers after Somers left the series and Jenilee Harrison served as an interim replacement. Barnes was born December 7, 1955 in Fort Dix, New Jersey, the third of four children of a father who was a major in the United States Air Force. Her mother was a housewife. Barnes`s childhood was marked by a series of moves across various military bases in the United States before her family settled in Lancaster, California. After graduating from Antelope Valley High School at 17, she relocated to San Diego, working as a waitress and a dancer.
Barnes` first break came when Bob Hope saw her shimmying in a local fashion show and invited her to join his troupe for a 1973 performance at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She subsequently moved to Los Angeles to attempt a career in show business in earnest. Her second break came at 19 when she met Peter Falk at Pips. Six months later he gave her a one-line part in his TV series, Columbo, which led to a series of bit parts in films like The Seniors (1978) and Delta Fox (1979). While working as a hostess at a Hollywood nightclub, Barnes posed nude for the "Pet of the Month" photo layout in the March 1976 issue of Penthouse Magazine under the pseudonym Joann Witty. Penthouse would later decide to republish the photos under Barnes` real name, which led to a lawsuit by Barnes. In 1976 she began studying acting with coach Sal Dano, whose students included Tom Selleck, Robert Hays and Catherine Bach. In 1978 she then starred in a TV series, American Girls, which was canceled after seven weeks. Subsequent parts include the horror film Tintorera, and TV shows such as Starsky and Hutch, The Rockford Files, The Love Boat and the 1978 TV version of The Time Machine. Barnes was cast as Terri Alden on Three`s Company after Suzanne Somers left the series, and Jenilee Harrison served as an interim replacement. The part, which is Barnes` most famous role, brought her instant public recognition. In the 1998 TV program, E! True Hollywood Story, Barnes called Three`s Company the "three worst years" of her life. Barnes revealed that after shooting a couple of episodes of the show, she felt "uncomfortable" on the set and asked, unsuccessfully, to be released from her contract. She was portrayed by actress Anne Ross in the television movie Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Three`s Company (2003)
Barnes later appeared in the 1989 James Bond film Licence to Kill as Della Churchill, the ill-fated bride of CIA agent Felix Leiter, also in 1989 she appeared in an episode of Highway To Heaven, and in the 1995 Kevin Smith comedy Mallrats. Also, in 1995, she appeared with Jack Nicholson in The Crossing Guard directed by Sean Penn. In 1999, she appeared in Mumford (film) for writer/director Lawrence Kasdan. Barnes also appeared in The Devil`s Rejects, a 2005 American horror film by writer/director Rob Zombie. She is married to actor Ted Monte.
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Priscilla Barnes (born December 7, 1955/1958) is an American actress, who may be best-known in her role as Terri Alden on Three's Company, the permanent replacement for Suzanne Somers. She subsequently made appearances in films such as A Vacation in Hell, Licence to Kill, Mallrats, The Devil's Rejects, and the television series Jane the Virgin.
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The daughter of an Air Force career officer, Priscilla Barnes originally dreamed of becoming a dancer--a dream that was dashed when she slipped on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl and broke her leg. Priscilla then took on a series of odd jobs, including a waitress stint at Pips, a private Los Angeles club. There she made the acquaintance of actor Peter Falk who, impressed by Priscilla's all-American good looks and self-deprecating sense of humor, arranged for her to play a bit role on a 1976 Columbo episode. One thing led to another, and Priscilla found herself co-starring in the short-lived TV Charlie's Angels rip-off American Girls (1978). She was better-served with a sizeable supporting role opposite Michael Caine in the 1980 theatrical feature Sunday Lovers. In 1981, Priscilla was handed the unenviable task of replacing pin-up phenomenon Suzanne Somers (whom she'd never met) on the popular ABC sitcom Three's Company. In the light of the well-publicized clashes between Somers and her co-workers, much was made of Priscilla's cooperative nature and team spirit. She remained in her Three's Company role of nurse Teri Alden until the series' cancellation in 1984; she then dived into the Special Guest Star pool, making one-shot appearances on a variety of programs, including the obligatory "mystery killer" gig on Murder She Wrote. One of Priscilla Barnes' post-Three's Company assignments was the part of Hildy Granger on the pilot episode of the syndicated sitcom She's the Sheriff....a part played in the subsequent series by none other than Suzanne Somers!
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