Dec. 7th, 1955
Fort Dix, New Jersey, USA
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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.
Born December 7 (some sources indicate 1955 and others 1958) in Fort Dix, New Jersey, the third of four children of a father who was a Major in the United States Air Force and her mother a homemaker. Her 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 age 17, she relocated to San Diego, working as a waitress and a dancer.
During her formative years she earned some attention as a beauty pageant contender ("Miss Hollywood," "Miss San Bernardino," "Miss California" (runner-up) while paying her dues waitressing. A chance acquaintance with 'Peter Falk', who saw promise in the girl who countered her fresh-faced beauty with a self-deprecating wit, led to a bit part on one of his Columbo episodes in 1976, and the start of her professional career. The parts she nabbed typically accentuated her physical assets. She willingly trudged through a series of unmemorable projects, including the films Texas Detour (1978), Delta Fox (1979) and The Seniors (1978) plus the short-lived TV series The American Girls (1978) in which she played a smart-styled, traveling reporter. Handed a somewhat better supporting role in the 'Gene Wilder' sequence of the four-part film Sunday Lovers (1980), she gathered experience on such shows as Cannon, Starsky and Hutch, The Incredible Hulk, The Rockford Files, Kojak, Taxi and The Love Boat before becoming a vital part of the Three's Company 1981 cast.
Barnes continued with the popular show in spite of her frustrations with producers and her dread of being typecast in innocuous comedy. Since then she has maintained in a Hollywood that doesn't cater to women of "maturing" age, especially former TV stars. On TV she added a feisty glamor to the series Dark Justice, Viper, Murder, She Wrote and other Love Boat episodes. More often, however, she has shown up in a low budget film. She has certainly taken on more than her fair share of horror projects, including Stepfather III (1992), Witch Academy (1993), The Back Lot Murders (2002), Unseen Evil 2 (2005), The Devil's Rejects (2005), Trailer Park of Terror (2008) and Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield (2007), in which some of her characters have met grisly ends. One film highlight was her featured role, not as a Bondian girl but as the bride of a CIA agent (David Hedison) who is shot to death on her wedding day, in the 'Timothy Dalton' 007 film Licence to Kill (1989). She also enjoyed her role as a quirky fortune teller in Mallrats (1995).
Active on the theater scene over the years with credits such as Born Yesterday, Vanities, Bus Stop and A Streetcar Named Desire under her belt, she recently played Hillary Clinton in the 2007 black comedy Hillary Agonistes in New York. She has been married to actor 'Ted Monte' since 2003.
- 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) wanted her for the role of Willie Scott in _Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)_ (qv), but she couldn't accept the role because she was still working on _"Three's Company" (1977)_ (qv).
- Was Miss Photogenic in the Miss California Beauty Pageant
- Was set to star in _"She's the Sheriff" (1987)_ (qv) as the sheriff, but shortly before production began she was let go and 'Suzanne Somers' (qv) was brought in as her replacement.
- 1st runner up in the Miss California Beauty Pageant
- Has previously held the following titles in her early starlet days: Miss San Fernando Valley, Miss San Bernadino, Miss Redlands and Miss Hollywood.
- Penthouse Pet of the Month, March 1976 under the name Joanne Witty.
- Began dancing as a pre-teen in a group of young starlets known as the Vivacious Vixens.
- Met 'Bob Hope (I)' (qv) in 1975, who hired her to accompany him on trips to entertain troops at military bases.
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