Terria Joseph was born Teresa M. Augello in Detroit, Michigan, and moved to Toledo, Ohio, when she was 6 years old. After attending one year at the University of Toledo, she moved to New York City to attend NYU's prestigious School of the Arts (now carrying the name Tisch) and graduated in 1971. She has since performed on stage, in independent films, and in television projects in the New York area. Her father, Joseph L. Augello, aka "Little Joe," was both a DJ and news director at radio station WOHO and, while in Detroit, was an actor on the well-known "Lone Ranger" and "Green Hornet" radio series. Her daughter is singer/songwriter Alicia Keys. Ms. Joseph is a member-in-good-standing of Screen Actors Guild and the Actors Equity Association.