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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 11 December 1947Lakewood, Ohio, USA
Birth NameTerry Ann Garr
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Teri Garr can claim a career in show business by birthright. She was born in Lakewood, Ohio, the daughter of Eddie Garr (born Edward Leo Gonnoud), a Broadway stage and film actor, and Phyllis Garr (née Emma Schmotzer), a dancer. Her maternal grandparents were Austrian, and her father was of Irish descent.

While she was 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), Oh, God! (1977), 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), Ready to Wear (1994) and A Simple Wish (1997).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Catherine Grace

Spouse (1)

John O'Neil (11 November 1993 - 1996) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Bubbly blonde persona with various undercurrents of extreme quirkiness, neuroses or even menace

Trivia (17)

Daughter of actor Eddie Garr and wardrobe mistress Phyllis Garr.
Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1977" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 29.
Daughter, Molly O'Neill, was born in November 1993. Her marriage to John O'Neil Keenan took place on the day their adopted daughter Molly was born.
Continues to work despite the fact that she is battling multiple sclerosis, first diagnosed in 1983.
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 177-178. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
The Star Trek (1966) episode, Star Trek: Assignment: Earth (1968), in which Garr plays a ditsy secretary, was written as the springboard for a spin-off series. The new series was to feature more adventures of "Roberta Lincoln" (Garr) and "Gary Seven" (Robert Lansing), but it never came about.
Friend of Connie Sellecca and Toni Basil.
Was the winner on a celebrity edition of Weakest Link (2001).
Has two brothers: Edward Jr. and Phillip.
Recovering from a brain aneurysm, suffered on December 21, 2006.
Attended CSU Northridge along with her Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) co-star, Richard Dreyfuss.
Steven Spielberg cast her in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) after seeing her work on a coffee commercial.
Told a story at The Moth storytelling night, about her experiences with a cheating boyfriend while living in L.A. The story made it to The Moth podcast.
Was a Go-Go dancer in the seminal rock-and-roll movie The T.A.M.I. Show (1964).
She is a National Ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and National Chair for the Society's Women Against MS program (WAMS).
Release of her book "Speedbumps: Flooring It Thru Hollywood".
Her father was of Irish descent. Her maternal grandparents, Louis J. Schmotzer and Theresa Gundel, were Austrian immigrants.

Personal Quotes (6)

I've always had this American-pie face that would get work in commercials . . . I'd say things like, "Hi, Marge, how's your laundry?" and "Hi, I'm a real nice Georgia peach". Sometimes this work is one step above being a cocktail waitress.
Any movie I've ever made, the minute you walk on the set they tell you who's the person to buy it [cocaine] from. Cher said they're going to make two monuments to us--the two girls who lived through Hollywood and never had cocaine.
It's different things at different times, you know? It's like when you read a true crime story and think it's really good, then the next book you pick up is a biography and you really like that. I don't consider that I have to judge any of the movies I make all the time, but people are always asking me: "What's your favorite movie?" And I never know what to say. They're just jobs to me, really. I take the part I'm lucky enough to get and do the best I can and then -- I don't know, they're just jobs.
Listen, I don't know. It's all theory. If I knew what I was talking about, I would be running the studio. That's why they keep changing the heads of the studios: Nobody knows. Nobody knows. But I'm sure it has affected the quality of movies. Being sensitive to the problem of women is just another symptom of the quality of movies: I don't think you can do anything that's very sensitive. Everything's sort of broad strokes and big gestures--adventure things that boys, guys--want to see.
The business is in a funny position these days. They gear everything to those target audiences that make money. Things look more and more like TV and the quality becomes different. People aren't so interested in seeing movies about women's problems.
I would love to do a great part for a woman, like the role Anjelica Huston had in The Grifters (1990). There are 60 million people on this block, alone, who would love to do those kind of parts, too. It's a tough, competitive business out there; keep hanging in, that's the thing.

Salary (1)

Oh, God! (1977) $40,000

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