Teri Garr

Teri Garr

  • Born on
    • December 11th, 1944
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.


Acting (49 Credits)

2014And the Oscar Goes to...
2007Expired as Claire's Mother/Aunt Tilde
2007Kabluey as Suze
2005Aloha, Scooby-Doo! as Mayor Molly Quinn (voice)
2002Life Without Dick as Madame Hugonaut
2001Ghost World as Maxine (uncredited)
2000Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker as Mary McGinnis (voice)
1999Kill the Man as Mrs. Livingston
1999Dick as Helen Lorenzo
1999Batman Beyond: The Movie as Mary McGinnis (voice)
1998Casper Meets Wendy as Fanny
1997A Simple Wish as Rena
1996Michael as Judge Esther Newberg
1994Dumb and Dumber as Helen Swanson
1994Ready to Wear as Louise Hamilton
1992Mom and Dad Save the World as Marge Nelson
1992The Player as Teri Garr
1992Adventures in Wonderland as Duchess
1990Short Time as Carolyn Simpson
1990Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme as Jill (of Jack and Jill)
1989Out Cold as Sunny
1989Let It Ride as Pam
1988Full Moon in Blue Water as Louise
1986Miracles as Jean
1985After Hours as Julie
1984Firstborn as Wendy
1983Mr. Mom as Caroline Butler
1983The Sting II as Veronica
1983The Black Stallion Returns as Alec Ramsay's Mother
1982The Escape Artist as Arlene
1982Tootsie as Sandy
1981One from the Heart as Frannie
1981Honky Tonk Freeway as Ericka
1979The Black Stallion as Alec's Mother
1977The Absent-Minded Waiter as Susan Cates
1977Close Encounters of the Third Kind as Ronnie Neary
1977Oh, God! as Bobbie Landers
1976Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood as Fluffy Peters
1974Young Frankenstein as Inga
1974The Conversation as Amy Fredericks
1968Head as Testy True (as Terry Garr)
1967Clambake as Dancer (uncredited)
1965Red Line 7000 as Nightclub Dancer
1964Viva Las Vegas as Showgirl
1964What a Way to Go! as Dancer in Shipboard Number
1964Pajama Party as Pajama Girl
1964Kissin' Cousins as Hillbilly Dancer (uncredited)
1964Roustabout as Girlie Show Dancer
1963Fun in Acapulco as Hotel Guest

Herself (2 Credits)

2002Searching for Debra Winger as Self
1964The T.A.M.I. Show as Self - Go-Go Dancer (uncredited)


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