Lakewood, Ohio, USA
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Terry Ann "Teri" Garr (born December 11, 1944) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress and comedienne. Garr was born in Lakewood, Ohio. Her father, Eddie Garr (né Gonnoud), was a vaudeville performer, comedian and actor whose career peaked when he briefly took over the lead role in the Broadway drama Tobacco Road. Her mother, Phyllis Lind (née Emma Schmotzer), was a dancer, Rockette, wardrobe mistress, and model. Garr is a graduate of Magnificat High School, an all-girls Roman Catholic high school in Rocky River, Ohio. Early in her career she was sometimes credited as Terri Garr, Terry Garr, Teri Hope, or Terry Carr. Garr`s movie debut was as an extra in 1963`s A Swingin` Affair. She started out as a background dancer in uncredited roles for youth-oriented films like Pajama Party, a beach party film, and nine Elvis Presley features. Her first speaking role was a one-line appearance as a damsel in distress in The Monkees film Head written by Jack Nicholson. In 1974 she got her first significant film role in Francis Ford Coppola`s critically acclaimed The Conversation. She made her career breakthrough in the Mel Brooks hit comedy Young Frankenstein (1974). She then went on to appear in a string of highly successful films, often playing a housewife, in both comedies and dramas. Her most popular films inlcude Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Oh, God! (1977), The Black Stallion (1979) and Mr. Mom (1983). In 1982 she was nominated for an Academy Award for her supporting role as Dustin Hoffman`s actress friend in Tootsie.
Garr said that in 1990 a woman called her at around 4:30 A.M. telling Garr that she slept with Garr`s boyfriend. An enraged Garr drove to her ex-boyfriend`s house and smashed the windows. The ex-boyfriend called the police, who left after Garr talked to them. Police never filed charges against Garr. In October 2002, Garr made it public that she has multiple sclerosis. She is the mother of an adopted daughter and resides in Los Angeles. On December 21, 2006, she suffered a brain aneurysm in her Los Angeles area home; her 13-year-old daughter called for help when she couldn`t get her to wake up. Following surgery, her publicist Heidi Schaeffer said she expected Garr to make a full recovery. She appeared on Late Show with David Letterman on June 19, 2008, clearly suffering the physical effects of her MS and aneurysm, but still as sharp and funny as ever. She was on the show to promote Expired, a movie in which she plays twins. Garr sold her Los Angeles-area house in June 2008.
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Terry Ann "Teri" Garr (born December 11, 1944) is an American actress, comedienne, dancer and voice artist. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1982 film Tootsie. Her other film roles include Young Frankenstein (1974); Oh, God! (1977); Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977); The Black Stallion (1979); Mr. Mom (1984) and After Hours (1985). She also appeared as Phoebe Abbott in three episodes of the sitcom Friends (1997–98).
Former actress, Former dancer
Irish and Austrian descent
www.imdb.com/name/nm0000414/, www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/68801%7C145238/Terry-Garr/, www.allmovie.com/artist/p26007
Edward Leo Gonnoud (Eddie Garr) (comedian, actor)
Emma Schmotzer (Phyllis Lind) (dancer, model)
Lakewood, Columbus, Cleveland, Memphis, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Paris, New York, London
White, Silver, Grey, Blue, Red, Yellow, Brown
North Hollywood High School, North Hollywood, CA (1962)
California State University, Northridge, CA (attended)
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Brillstein Entertainment Partners
TV Commercial for Magic 107 FM, Orlando, FL (1998), TV commercial for 106.7 Lite FM radio, New York, NY (1995), TV commercial for WXRT-FM, Chicago, IL (1998), TV commercial for Safeguard soap, TV Commerical for Magic 106.7 in Boston (2001), TV commercial for Fruit of the Loom panties (1990), TV commercial for Band-Aid (1975), TV commercial for TWA Airlines with Peter Sellers (1970s), (1988) TV Commercial: Diet Pepsi
1963–2007 (acting), 1963–2007 (hiatus)
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