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Teri Garr

1944-12-11 Lakewood, Ohio, USA

Image of Teri Garr


Teri Ann Garr (born December 11, 1944) is a retired American actress, dancer and singer. She frequently appeared in comedic roles throughout her career, which spans four decades and includes over 140 credits in film and television Her accolades include one Academy Award nomination, a BAFTA Award nomination, and one National Board of Review Award. Born in Lakewood, Ohio, Garr was raised in North Hollywood. She is the third child of a comedic-actor father and a studio costumer mother. In her youth, Garr trained in ballet and other forms of dance. She began her career as a teenager with small roles in television and film in the early 1960s, including appearances as a dancer in six Elvis Presley musicals. After spending two years attending college, Garr left Los Angeles and studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York City. Her self-described "big break" as an actress was landing a role in the Star Trek episode "Assignment: Earth", after which she said, "I finally started to get real acting work." Garr had a supporting role in Francis Ford Coppola's thriller The Conversation (1974) before having her film breakthrough as Inga in Young Frankenstein (1974). In 1977, she was cast in a high-profile role in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Garr continued to appear in various high-profile roles throughout the 1980s, including supporting parts in the comedies Tootsie (1982), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Sandra Lester, and then appearing opposite Michael Keaton the next year in Mr. Mom (1983). She reunited with Coppola the same year, appearing in his musical One from the Heart (1982), followed by a supporting part in Martin Scorsese's black comedy After Hours (1985). Her quick banter led to Garr being a regular guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman. In the 1990s, she appeared in two films by Robert Altman: The Player (1992) and Prêt-à-Porter (1994), followed by supporting roles in Michael (1996) and Ghost World (2001). She also appeared on television as Phoebe Abbott in three episodes of the sitcom Friends (1997–98). In 2002, Garr announced that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the symptoms of which had negatively affected her ability to perform beginning in the 1990s.


And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-01
Steve Martin: The Television Stuff 2012-09-18
A Better Man: The Making of Tootsie Interviewee 2008-02-05
Kabluey Suze 2007-06-25
Expired Claire's Mother / Aunt Tilde 2007-01-19
Aloha Scooby-Doo! Mayor Molly Quinn (voice) 2005-01-01
Life Without Dick Madame Hugonaut 2002-01-01
Searching for Debra Winger Self 2002-07-13
The Making of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' Herself 2001-05-08
The Wandering Soul Murders Tess Malone 2001-01-09
Ghost World Maxine (uncredited) 2001-07-20
The Sky is Falling 2001-06-07
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Mary McGinnis (voice) 2000-12-12
Kill the Man Mrs. Livingston 1999-01-24
Half a Dozen Babies Lee Dilley 1999-05-17
Batman Beyond: The Movie Mary McGinnis (voice) 1999-01-10
Dick Helen Lorenzo 1999-08-04
Casper Meets Wendy Fanny 1998-09-08
Murder Live! JoAnn McGrath 1997-03-09
NightScream Julie Ordwell 1997-04-14
A Simple Wish Rena 1997-07-11
The Definite Maybe Dionne Waters 1997-07-04
Changing Habits Connie 1997-05-20
Ronnie and Julie Elizabeth Monroe 1997-03-29
Michael Judge Esther Newberg 1996-12-25
Making Frankensense of Young Frankenstein Inga (archive footage) 1996-01-01
Double Jeopardy Cindy Dubroski 1996-01-30
Perfect Alibi Laney Tolbert 1995-09-04
Prêt-à-Porter Louise Hamilton 1994-12-23
Aliens for Breakfast Mrs. Bickerstaff 1994-04-02
Dumb and Dumber Helen Swanson 1994-12-16
Mom and Dad Save the World Marge Nelson 1992-07-24
Robert Altman's Players Interviewee 1992-01-01
Deliver Them from Evil: The Taking of Alta View Susan Woolley 1992-04-28
The Player Teri Garr 1992-04-03
Stranger in the Family Randi Thompson 1991-10-27
A Quiet Little Neighborhood, a Perfect Little Murder Marsha Pegler 1990-10-04
Mother Goose Rock 'N Rhyme Jill (of Jack and Jill) 1990-05-19
Short Time Carolyn Simpson 1990-05-04
Waiting for the Light Kay Harris 1990-11-02
Let It Ride Pam 1989-08-18
Out Cold Sunny 1989-03-03
Full Moon in Blue Water Louise 1988-11-23
Flapjack Floozie 1988-06-17
Pack of Lies Helen Schaefer 1987-04-26
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Billy Wilder Self 1986-04-26
Intimate Strangers Sally Bierston 1986-01-01
Miracles Jean 1986-07-11
After Hours Julie 1985-09-13
Firstborn Wendy 1984-10-26
Steve Martin Live Herself 1984-09-06
To Catch a King Hannah Winter 1984-01-20
Do It Debbie's Way 1983-03-11
The Winter of Our Discontent Mary Hawley 1983-12-06
Mr. Mom Caroline Butler 1983-07-22
The Sting II Veronica 1983-02-18
The Black Stallion Returns Alec Ramsay's Mother 1983-03-25
The Escape Artist Arlene 1982-05-04
One from the Heart Frannie 1982-02-11
The Tale of the Frog Prince Princess 1982-09-11
Tootsie Sandy 1982-06-10
Prime Suspect Amy McCleary 1982-01-20
Inside the Coppola Personality Herself 1981-01-01
Rendez-Vous Video Magazine Herself 1981-01-01
Honky Tonk Freeway Ericka 1981-08-21
Witches' Brew Margaret Lightman 1980-01-01
Doctor Franken Kelli Fisher 1980-01-13
Java Junkie Waitress 1979-03-07
Mr. Mike's Mondo Video Herself 1979-09-20
The Black Stallion Alec's Mother 1979-10-13
Rolling Stone Magazine: The 10th Anniversary Self 1977-11-25
Once Upon a Brothers Grimm Frog Princess 1977-11-23
The Absent-Minded Waiter Susan Cates 1977-01-01
Close Encounters of the Third Kind Ronnie Neary 1977-11-18
Oh, God! Bobbie Landers 1977-10-07
Law and Order 1976-05-06
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood Fluffy Peters 1976-07-26
Young Frankenstein Inga 1974-12-15
The Conversation Amy Fredericks 1974-04-07
Summertree Bennie's Girlfriend 1971-06-06
The Moonshine War Young Wife 1970-06-30
Changes Waitress 1969-02-11
Head Testy True (as Terry Garr) 1968-11-06
Maryjane Teri 1968-02-01
Clambake Dancer (uncredited) 1967-12-04
The Cool Ones Whiz Girl 1967-04-12
The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Chinese Junk Susie 1967-09-08
Where's the Bus? Girl 1966-02-26
Red Line 7000 Nightclub Dancer 1965-11-09
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! Harem Girl (uncredited) 1965-03-24
The T.A.M.I. Show Self - Go-Go Dancer (uncredited) 1964-12-29
What a Way to Go! Dancer in Shipboard Number 1964-10-12
Viva Las Vegas Dancer (uncredited) 1964-02-08
Pajama Party Pajama Girl 1964-11-11
Roustabout Girlie Show Dancer 1964-11-11
Kissin' Cousins Hillbilly Dancer (uncredited) 1964-03-06
Fun in Acapulco Hotel Guest 1963-01-01