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Short Info

Net Worth$4 million, $4 million
Date Of BirthDecember 11, 1947
SpouseJohn O'Neil, John O'Neil
MarkBubbly blonde persona with various undercurrents of extreme quirkiness, neuroses or even menace
FactSteven Spielberg cast her in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) after seeing her work on a coffee commercial.
PaymentsEarned $40,000 from Oh, God! (1977)

Teri Garr was born in Lakewood, Ohio, on December 11, 1944. Her parents, Phyllis and Edward Garr, were both of Irish descent. She has three siblings: two brothers, Paul and Dennis, and a sister, Kathy. Garr was raised Catholic and attended Catholic schools. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1962.

Garr began her acting career in the early 1960s. She appeared in several television shows and movies, including The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, and The Bob Newhart Show. In 1975, she landed the role of Inga in Mel Brooks’ film Young Frankenstein. The following year, she appeared in Martin Scorsese’s film Taxi Driver.

Garr’s other film credits include Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Mr. Mom (1983), Tootsie (1982), and The Black Stallion Returns (1983). She also had a recurring role on the television series Friends as Phoebe’s mother, Lily Buffay.

In 2001, Garr was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She has since become an advocate for others with the disease.

Garr has been married twice. Her first husband was John O’Hurley, with whom she has a son, Jonathan. Her second husband is Stan Rosenfield, a Hollywood publicist. She has no children with Rosenfield.

Garr is five feet four inches tall and has brown hair and blue eyes.

General Info

Full NameTeri Garr
Net Worth$4 million, $4 million
Date Of BirthDecember 11, 1947
Height1.7 m, 1.7 m
ProfessionVoice Actor, Dancer, Voice Actor, Dancer
EducationNorth Hollywood High School, California State University, Northridge, North Hollywood High School, California State University, Northridge
NationalityAmerican, American


SpouseJohn O'Neil, John O'Neil
ChildrenMolly O'Neill, Molly O'Neill
ParentsPhyllis Garr, Eddie Garr, Phyllis Garr, Eddie Garr
SiblingsPhillip Garr, Edward Garr Jr., Phillip Garr, Edward Garr Jr.


NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress, Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, National Society of Film...
MoviesYoung Frankenstein, Tootsie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Mr. Mom, One from the Heart, Dumb and Dumber, The Black Stallion, After Hours, Let It Ride, Oh, God!, The Conversation, Mom and Dad Save the World, Firstborn, Casper Meets Wendy, The Black Stallion Returns, A Simple Wish, The Sting II,...
TV ShowsBatman Beyond, Adventures in Wonderland, Women of the House, Good Advice, Good & Evil, The Dean Martin Show, The Girl with Something Extra, I've Got a Secret, Shindig!, Batman Beyond, Adventures in Wonderland, Women of the House, Good Advice, Good & Evil, The Dean Martin Show, The Girl with Somethin...

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#Marks / Signs
1Bubbly blonde persona with various undercurrents of extreme quirkiness, neuroses or even menace


Oh, God! (1977)$40,000


1[1983 interview] In our mothers' generation, the thing was to stay at home and have somebody take care of you. It's a funny thing because I don't know how I feel. Women who have careers have to face the fact that if they want to have a relationship or a marriage - then they're going to have two jobs. It's a tough question!
2I 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.
3The 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.
4Listen, 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.
5It'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.
6Any 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.
7I'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.


1Garr's father appeared in "Tobacco Road" on Broadway and as Marilyn Monroe's father in "Ladies of the Chorus".
2Her first film work was as a chorus girl in Elvis Presley and Shirley Maclaine movies.
3Garr's first interest was ballet dancing.
4Her father was of Irish descent. Her maternal grandparents, Louis J. Schmotzer and Theresa Gundel, were Austrian immigrants.
5Release of her book "Speedbumps: Flooring It Thru Hollywood". [2005]
6She is a National Ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and National Chair for the Society's Women Against MS program (WAMS).
7Was a Go-Go dancer in the seminal rock-and-roll movie The T.A.M.I. Show (1964).
8Told 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.
9Steven Spielberg cast her in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) after seeing her work on a coffee commercial.
10Attended CSU Northridge along with her Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) co-star, Richard Dreyfuss.
11Recovering from a brain aneurysm, suffered on December 21, 2006.
12Has two brothers: Edward Jr. and Phillip.
13Was the winner on a celebrity edition of Weakest Link (2001).
14Friend of Connie Sellecca and Toni Basil.
15The 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.
16Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 177-178. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
17Continues to work despite the fact that she is battling multiple sclerosis, first diagnosed in 1983.
18Daughter, 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.
19Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1977" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 29. [1977]
20Daughter of actor Eddie Garr and wardrobe mistress Phyllis Garr.




Women of the House1995TV SeriesSissy Emerson
Perfect Alibi1995Laney Tolbert
Aliens for Breakfast1994TV MovieMrs. Bickerstaff
Save the Rabbits1994ShortLisa
Ready to Wear1994Louise Hamilton
Dumb and Dumber1994Helen Swanson
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man1994TV SeriesVanessa La Pert
Good Advice1994TV SeriesPaige Turner
Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert1993TV MovieBrita Burrows
The Larry Sanders Show1993TV SeriesTeri Garr
The Legend of Prince Valiant1993TV SeriesSelena
The General Motors Playwrights Theater1993TV SeriesEdna Doe
Adventures in Wonderland1993TV SeriesDuchess
Mom and Dad Save the World1992Marge Nelson
Dream On1992TV SeriesSandra McCadden
Deliver Them from Evil: The Taking of Alta View1992TV MovieSusan Woolley
The Player1992Teri Garr
Good & Evil1991TV SeriesDenise Sandler
Stranger in the Family1991TV MovieRandi Thompson
Tales from the Crypt1991TV SeriesIrene Paloma
A Quiet Little Neighborhood, a Perfect Little Murder1990TV MovieMarsha Pegler
Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme1990TV MovieJill (of Jack and Jill)
Short Time1990Carolyn Simpson
Waiting for the Light1990Kay Harris
Let It Ride1989Pam
Out Cold1989Sunny
Full Moon in Blue Water1988Louise
Teri Garr in Flapjack Floozie1988TV MovieHelen Eagles
Martin Mull Live from North Ridgeville, Ohio1988TV Movie
Sesame Street1987TV SeriesAmelia
Trying Times1987TV SeriesRobin Stone
Paul Reiser Out on a Whim1987TV Movie
Pack of Lies1987TV MovieHelen Schaefer
Fresno1986TV Mini-SeriesTalon Kensington
Intimate Strangers1986TV MovieSally Bierston
The Booth1985TV Movie segment "Death at Dinner"
After Hours1985Julie
To Catch a King1984TV MovieHannah Winter
The New Show1984TV SeriesVarious
Ray Parker Jr.: Ghostbusters1984Video shortCameo appearance (uncredited)
The Winter of Our Discontent1983TV MovieMary Hawley
Mr. Mom1983Caroline Butler
The Black Stallion Returns1983Alec's Mother
The Sting II1983Veronica
Faerie Tale Theatre1982TV SeriesPrincess
The Escape Artist1982Arlene
Prime Suspect1982TV MovieAmy McCleary
Honky Tonk Freeway1981Ericka
One from the Heart1981Frannie
Witches' Brew1980Margaret Lightman
Doctor Franken1980TV MovieKelli Fisher
Saturday Night Live1979TV SeriesDiner Waitress
The Black Stallion1979Alec's Mother
Java Junkie1979ShortWaitress
M*A*S*H1973-1978TV SeriesLt. Suzanne Marquette
The Absent-Minded Waiter1977ShortSusan Cates
Once Upon a Brothers Grimm1977TV MoviePrincess (segment "The Frog Prince")
Close Encounters of the Third Kind1977Ronnie Neary
Oh, God!1977Bobbie Landers
Hunter1977TV SeriesPeg Foley
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood1976Fluffy Peters
Law and Order1976TV MovieRita Wasinski
The Sonny and Cher Show1976TV SeriesOlivia (1976-1977)
Maude1975TV SeriesMrs. Carlson
Cher1975TV SeriesOlivia / Mrs. Oscar Smedley
McCloud1970-1975TV SeriesSgt. Phyllis Norton / Nora Mullins / Bit Role
Young Frankenstein1974Inga
Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers1974TV SeriesSharon
The Conversation1974Amy
Barnaby Jones1974TV SeriesMaria Thompson
The Girl with Something Extra1973-1974TV SeriesAmber
The Bob Newhart Show1973-1974TV SeriesMiss Brennan
The Odd Couple1974TV SeriesInsurance Agent
The New Dick Van Dyke Show1973TV SeriesWaitress
The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour1973TV SeriesRegular
The Ken Berry 'Wow' Show1972TV SeriesRegular (1972)
Banyon1972TV SeriesMabel
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour1971-1972TV SeriesVarious Characters / Countess Legustav / Gloria Bunker
Summertree1971Bennie's Girlfriend (uncredited)
The Moonshine War1970Young Wife (as Terry Garr)
It Takes a Thief1969TV SeriesMaggie Philbin
Room 2221969TV SeriesMarianne
The Mothers-In-Law1969TV SeriesThe Usherette
Mayberry R.F.D.1968TV SeriesCashier
Head1968Testy True (as Terry Garr)
That Girl1967-1968TV SeriesActress #1 At Audition / Estelle
Star Trek1968TV SeriesRoberta Lincoln
The Andy Griffith Show1968TV SeriesGirl in Red Convertible
Maryjane1968Teri (as Terri Garr)
Clambake1967Dancer (uncredited)
The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Chinese Junk1967Susie (as Terry Garr)
The Cool Ones1967Whiz Girl (uncredited)
For Pete's Sake1966as Terry Garr
Batman1966TV SeriesGirl Outside Rink
Where's the Bus?1966ShortGirl
Red Line 70001965Nightclub Dancer (uncredited)
Dr. Kildare1965TV SeriesNaomi
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!1965Harem Girl (uncredited)
Pajama Party1964Pajama Girl (as Teri Hope)
Roustabout1964College Girl (uncredited)
What a Way to Go!1964Dancer in Shipboard Number (uncredited)
Viva Las Vegas1964Showgirl (uncredited)
Kissin' Cousins1964Hillbilly Dancer (uncredited)
Mr. Novak1964TV SeriesLisa
Fun in Acapulco1963Hotel Guest (uncredited)
A Swingin' Affair1963
How to Marry a Billionaire2011TV SeriesLindsey's Mom
God Out the Window2007ShortChanning
Expired2007Mother Barney / Aunt Tilde
Unaccompanied Minors2006Valerie's Sister (uncredited)
Crumbs2006TV SeriesLorraine Bergman
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2005TV SeriesMinerva Grahame-Bishop
A Taste of Jupiter2005Ginnie
Aloha, Scooby-Doo!2005VideoMayor Molly Quinn (voice)
Greetings from Tucson2003TV SeriesHelen
Life with Bonnie2003TV SeriesMrs. Abigail Portinbody
What's New, Scooby-Doo?2003TV SeriesSandy Gordon
Life Without Dick2002VideoMadame Hugonaut
Strong Medicine2001TV SeriesMimi Stark
Ghost World2001Maxine (uncredited)
Felicity2001TV SeriesDr. Zwick
A Colder Kind of Death2001TV MovieTess Malone
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker2000VideoMary McGinnis (voice)
Batman Beyond1999-2000TV SeriesMary McGinnis
King of the Hill2000TV SeriesLaney
Chicken Soup for the Soul1999TV Series
Dick1999Helen Lorenzo
ER1999TV SeriesCelinda Randlett
Half a Dozen Babies1999TV MovieLee Dilley
Kill the Man1999Mrs. Livingston
Batman Beyond: The Movie1999TV MovieMary McGinnis (voice)
The Sky Is Falling1999Mona Hall
Black Dahlia1998Video GameMadame Cassandra
Casper Meets Wendy1998VideoFanny
Sin City Spectacular1998TV Series
Friends1997-1998TV SeriesPhoebe Abbott Sr.
The Definite Maybe1997Dionne Waters
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch1997TV SeriesWitch Yenta
A Simple Wish1997Rena
Changing Habits1997Connie
NightScream1997TV MovieJulie Ordwell
Ronnie & Julie1997TV MovieElizabeth Monroe
Murder Live!1997TV MovieJoAnn McGrath
Michael1996Judge Esther Newberg
Men Behaving Badly1996TV SeriesCarol
Double Jeopardy1996TV MovieCindy Dubroski
Shining Time Station: One of the Family1995TV MovieSister Conductor
Frasier1995TV SeriesNancy


Saturday Night Live1985TV Series performer - 1 episode
Young Frankenstein1974performer: "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life" - uncredited


Sex at 24 Frames Per Second2003Video documentary acknowledgment


AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks2013TV SpecialHerself - In Attendance (uncredited)
GSN Live2009TV SeriesHerself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman1993-2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
A Better Man: The Making of Tootsie2008Video documentaryHerself / Sandy Lester
Young Frankenstein: It's Alive! Creating a Monster Classic2008Video documentary short
Entertainment Tonight2007TV SeriesHerself
The Tony Danza Show2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Larry King Live2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The View2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
A Comic's Climb at the USCAF2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Dream Studio2004Video documentary shortHerself - Narrator
Ask Rita2003TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Squares2001-2002TV SeriesHerself
MADtv2002TV SeriesHerself
Searching for Debra Winger2002DocumentaryHerself
The Definitive Elvis: The Hollywood Years - Part II: 1962-19692002Video documentaryHerself
Biography1998-2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Elvis Forever2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Making of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'2001Video documentaryHerself
Weakest Link2001TV SeriesHerself
I've Got a Secret2000TV SeriesHerself / panelist
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies2000TV Special documentaryHerself
The 2000 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2000TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Intimate Portrait2000TV Series documentaryHerself / Narrator
Radio City Music Hall: The Story Behind the Showplace1999TV Movie documentaryHerself
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist1999TV SeriesHerself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars: America's Greatest Screen Legends1999TV Special documentaryHerself
Steve Martin: A Comic Life1999TV Special documentaryHerself
Jeopardy!1993-1998TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
The Weird Al Show1997TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Great Drives1996TV Mini-Series documentaryHost (volume 3: Pacific Coast Highway)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1995-1996TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Late Night with David Letterman1982-1993TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The Celebrity Guide to Entertaining1993Video documentary
The 7th Annual American Comedy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
Murphy Brown1993TV SeriesHerself
The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Showbiz Today1992TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1977-1992TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself / Herself - Actress / ...
The Full Wax1992TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 13th Annual CableACE Awards1992TV SpecialHerself
One on One with John Tesh1991TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Futures1991TV SeriesHerself
The Best of Disney: 50 Years of Magic1991TV Movie documentaryHerself
An American Saturday Night1991TV MovieHerself
A Festival at Ford's1991TV SpecialHerself - Host
The Movie Awards1991TV Movie documentaryHerself
Jackie Gleason: The Great One1988TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 1988 MTV Video Music Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - presenter
Memories Then and Now1988TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross1987TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Wogan1987TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Deja View1986VideoHerself
David Letterman's 2nd Annual Holiday Film Festival1986TV MovieHerself (segment "You Kill Me")
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Billy Wilder1986TV Special documentaryHerself
The 58th Annual Academy Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Makeup
Hour Magazine1984-1986TV SeriesHerself
Saturday Night Live1980-1985TV SeriesHerself - Host / Various / Connie Stevens / ...
Faerie Tale Theatre1985TV SeriesHerself
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHerself
The New Show1984TV SeriesHerself / Various
The 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Bitte umblättern1984TV Series documentaryHerself
Do It Debbie's Way1983VideoHerself
The 55th Annual Academy Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
Today1982TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Inside the Coppola Personality1981Herself
Rendez-Vous Video Magazine1981Video documentaryHerself (segment "Coppola")
Mr. Mike's Mondo Video1979Herself
The Mike Douglas Show1978TV SeriesHerself - Actress
The Alan Hamel Show1978TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Rolling Stone Magazine: The 10th Anniversary1977TV MovieHerself
The Making of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'1977TV Movie documentaryHerself
Cher1975TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Squares1975TV SeriesHerself
The Sonny Comedy Revue1974TV SeriesHerself / Various
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour1972-1974TV SeriesHerself / Various Characters / Spring
Movin' with Nancy1967TV SpecialDancer (uncredited)
Where the Action Is1965TV SeriesThe Telegram Lady
Shindig!1964-1965TV SeriesHerself - Dancer
Hullabaloo1965TV SeriesHerself - Go-Go Dancer
The T.A.M.I. Show1964DocumentaryHerself - Go-Go Dancer (uncredited)

Archive Footage

The O'Reilly Factor2014TV SeriesInga
And the Oscar Goes To...2014TV Movie documentaryHerself
This Means War2012Herself - Inga (uncredited)
Role Model: Gene Wilder2008TV Movie documentaryInga (uncredited)
Trailers from Hell2007TV SeriesDancer
La tele de tu vida2007TV SeriesHerself / Frannie
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years2000TV Movie documentaryInga / Herself
Ultimate Trek: Star Trek's Greatest Moments1999TV ShortRoberta Lincoln
Hey, Hey We're the Monkees1997TV Movie documentaryTesty True (from "Head") (uncredited)
50 Years of Funny Females1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
Homage to Steve1986TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter1982TV Movie documentaryActress - 'Young Frankenstein' (uncredited)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1975TV SeriesHerself - 'Young Frankenstein' Outtakes


Won Awards

1994NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Acting by an EnsemblePrêt-à-Porter (1994)

Nominated Awards

1984BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActressTootsie (1982)
1983OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleTootsie (1982)
1983ACECableACE AwardsActress in a Dramatic PresentationFaerie Tale Theatre (1982)
1978Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActressClose Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

3rd Place Awards

1983NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActressTootsie (1982)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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