Dec. 11th, 1947
Lakewood, Ohio, USA
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Terry Ann "Teri" Garr (born December 11, 1947) 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 (1983) and After Hours (1985). She also appeared as Phoebe Abbott in three episodes of the sitcom Friends (1997–98).
Garr can claim a career in show business by birthright. She was the daughter of 'Eddie Garr', a Broadway stage and film actor, and 'Phyllis Garr', a dancer. While she still an infant her family moved from Hollywood to New Jersey but, after the death of her father when she was 11, the family returned to Hollywood, where her mother became a wardrobe mistress for movies and television. While Garr's dancing can be seen in nine 'Elvis Presley' movies, her first speaking role in motion pictures was in the 1968 feature Head (1968), starring 'The Monkees'. In the 1970s she became well established in television with appearances on shows such as Star Trek (1966), _"It Takes a Thief" (1968) and _"McCloud" (1970), and became a semi-regular on _"The Sonny and Cher Show" (1976) as Cher's friend, Olivia.
Garr has since risen to become one of Hollywood's most versatile, energetic and well-recognized actresses. She has starred in many memorable films, including _Young Frankenstein (1974), _Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), _Mr. Mom (1983), After Hours (1985) and her Academy Award-nominated performance for Best Supporting Actress in _Tootsie (1982). Other film roles include The Black Stallion (1979), _One from the Heart (1982), The Escape Artist (1982), Firstborn (1984), _Let It Ride (1989), Full Moon in Blue Water (1988), _Out Cold (1989), _Short Time (1990), Waiting for the Light (1990), Mom and Dad Save the World (1992), Perfect Alibi (1995), _Pr�t-�-Porter (1994) and _A Simple Wish (1997).
- (1977) Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1977" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 29.
- 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) cast her in _Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)_ (qv) after seeing her work on a coffee commercial.
- Daughter of actor 'Eddie Garr' (qv) and wardrobe mistress 'Phyllis Garr' (qv).
- Continues to work despite the fact that she is battling multiple sclerosis, first diagnosed in 1983.
- Friend of 'Toni Basil' (qv).
- Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 177-178. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
- Has two brothers.
- Attended CSU Northridge along with her _Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)_ (qv) co-star, 'Richard Dreyfuss' (qv).
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