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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.


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Born:
Dec 11, 1944 In Lakewood, Ohio, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
117
First Appeared:
In the movie Fun in Acapulco 1963-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-01
Known For
Poster of Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
Poster of Dumb and Dumber
Poster of Java Junkie
Poster of Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Filmography
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... Unknown 2014-02-01
Movie A Better Man: The Making of Tootsie Interviewee 2008-02-05
Movie Expired Claire's Mother/Aunt Tilde 2007-01-19
Movie Kabluey Suze 2007-06-25
Movie Aloha Scooby-Doo! Mayor Molly Quinn (voice) 2005-01-01
Series The Tony Danza Show Unknown 2004-09-13
Movie Searching for Debra Winger Self 2002-07-13
Movie Life Without Dick Madame Hugonaut 2002-01-01
Series Life with Bonnie Unknown 2002-09-17
Movie The Making of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' Herself 2001-05-08
Movie The Wandering Soul Murders Tess Malone 2001-01-09
Movie Ghost World Maxine (uncredited) 2001-07-20
Movie The Sky is Falling Unknown 2001-06-07
Movie Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Mary McGinnis (voice) 2000-12-12
Movie Batman Beyond: The Movie Mary McGinnis (voice) 1999-01-10
Series Batman Beyond Mary McGinnis 1999-01-10
Movie Kill the Man Mrs. Livingston 1999-01-24
Series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unknown 1999-09-20
Movie Dick Helen Lorenzo 1999-08-04
Movie Half a Dozen Babies Lee Dilley 1999-05-17
Movie Casper Meets Wendy Fanny 1998-09-08
Movie Ronnie and Julie Elizabeth Monroe 1997-03-29
Movie Murder Live! JoAnn McGrath 1997-03-09
Series King of the Hill Unknown 1997-01-12
Movie Changing Habits Connie 1997-05-20
Movie NightScream Julie Ordwell 1997-04-14
Movie A Simple Wish Rena 1997-07-11
Movie The Definite Maybe Dionne Waters 1997-07-04
Movie Making Frankensense of Young Frankenstein Inga (archive footage) 1996-01-01
Movie Double Jeopardy Cindy Dubroski 1996-01-30
Series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Yenta 1996-09-27
Series The Rosie O'Donnell Show Unknown 1996-06-10
Movie Michael Judge Esther Newberg 1996-12-25
Series Women of the House Sissy Emerson 1995-01-04
Movie Perfect Alibi Laney Tolbert 1995-09-04
Movie Aliens for Breakfast Mrs. Bickerstaff 1994-04-02
Series ER Celinda Randlett 1994-09-19
Series Friends Phoebe Abbott Sr. 1994-09-22
Movie Ready to Wear Louise Hamilton 1994-12-23
Movie Dumb and Dumber Helen Swanson 1994-12-16
Series Good Advice Paige Turner 1993-04-02
Series Frasier Nancy (voice) 1993-09-16
Movie The Player Teri Garr 1992-04-03
Movie Robert Altman's Players Interviewee 1992-01-01
Series Adventures in Wonderland Duchess 1992-03-23
Movie Deliver Them from Evil: The Taking of Alta View Susan Woolley 1992-04-28
Movie Mom and Dad Save the World Marge Nelson 1992-07-24
Series Good & Evil Unknown 1991-09-25
Movie Stranger in the Family Randi Thompson 1991-10-27
Movie Mother Goose Rock 'N Rhyme Jill (of Jack and Jill) 1990-05-19
Movie Short Time Carolyn Simpson 1990-05-04
Movie A Quiet Little Neighborhood, a Perfect Little Murder Marsha Pegler 1990-10-04
Movie Waiting for the Light Kay Harris 1990-11-02
Series Tales from the Crypt Unknown 1989-06-10
Movie Out Cold Sunny 1989-03-03
Movie Let It Ride Pam 1989-08-18
Movie Full Moon in Blue Water Louise 1988-11-23
Movie Pack of Lies Helen Schaefer 1987-04-26
Movie Intimate Strangers Sally Bierston 1986-01-01
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Billy Wilder Self 1986-04-26
Series Fresno Talon Kensington 1986-11-16
Movie Miracles Jean 1986-07-11
Movie After Hours Julie 1985-09-13
Movie To Catch a King Hannah Winter 1984-01-20
Movie Steve Martin Live Herself 1984-09-06
Movie Firstborn Wendy 1984-10-26
Movie The Sting II Veronica 1983-02-18
Movie Do It Debbie's Way Unknown 1983-03-11
Movie Mr. Mom Caroline Butler 1983-07-22
Movie The Black Stallion Returns Alec Ramsay's Mother 1983-03-25
Movie The Winter of Our Discontent Mary Hawley 1983-12-06
Movie One from the Heart Frannie 1982-02-11
Movie Prime Suspect Amy McCleary 1982-01-20
Movie The Escape Artist Arlene 1982-05-04
Movie Tootsie Sandy 1982-06-10
Series Wogan Herself 1982-05-04
Series Faerie Tale Theatre Princess 1982-09-11
Movie The Tale of the Frog Prince Princess 1982-09-11
Movie Inside the Coppola Personality Herself 1981-01-01
Movie Rendez-Vous Video Magazine Herself 1981-01-01
Movie Honky Tonk Freeway Ericka 1981-08-21
Movie Witches' Brew Margaret Lightman 1980-01-01
Movie Doctor Franken Kelli Fisher 1980-01-13
Movie Java Junkie Waitress 1979-03-07
Movie The Black Stallion Alec's Mother 1979-10-13
Series Bitte umblättern Self 1977-04-20
Movie The Absent-Minded Waiter Susan Cates 1977-01-01
Movie Oh, God! Bobbie Landers 1977-10-07
Movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind Ronnie Neary 1977-11-18
Movie Rolling Stone Magazine: The 10th Anniversary Herself 1977-11-25
Movie Once Upon a Brothers Grimm Frog Princess 1977-11-23
Movie Law and Order Unknown 1976-05-06
Movie Won Ton Ton: the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Fluffy Peters 1976-07-26
Movie The Conversation Amy Fredericks 1974-04-07
Movie Young Frankenstein Inga 1974-12-15
Series The Girl with Something Extra Amber 1973-09-14
Series M*A*S*H Unknown 1972-09-17
Movie Summertree Bennie's Girlfriend 1971-06-06
Series The Odd Couple Insurance Agent 1970-09-24
Movie The Moonshine War Young Wife 1970-06-30
Movie Changes Waitress 1969-02-11
Movie Maryjane Teri 1968-02-01
Movie Head Testy True (as Terry Garr) 1968-11-06
Movie Clambake Dancer 1967-01-01
Movie The Cool Ones Whiz Girl 1967-04-12
Movie Where's the Bus? Girl 1966-02-26
Series That Girl Unknown 1966-09-08
Series Star Trek Roberta Lincoln 1966-09-08
Movie Red Line 7000 Nightclub Dancer 1965-11-09
Movie Viva Las Vegas Dancer 1964-04-23
Series Shindig! Unknown 1964-09-16
Movie Kissin' Cousins Hillbilly Dancer (uncredited) 1964-03-06
Movie The T.A.M.I. Show Self - Go-Go Dancer (uncredited) 1964-12-29
Movie Roustabout Girlie Show Dancer 1964-11-11
Movie Pajama Party Pajama Girl 1964-11-11
Movie What a Way to Go! Dancer in Shipboard Number 1964-10-12
Movie Fun in Acapulco Hotel Guest 1963-01-01