Teri Garr Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 29 Apr, 2021
Facts of Teri Garr
Date of Birth: 1944 , December-11
Age: 76 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Birth Name Teri Garr
Father Edward Leo Gonnoud
Mother Phyllis Lind Garr
Nationality American
Profession Actor
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Teri Garr is a retired American actress, comedian, dancer, and singer who is known for her comedic roles. She began her acting career in 1963 and retired in 2011. During her time as an actor, she has been nominated for the Academy Award, the Bafta Award, and the National Board of Review Award. 

Early Life and Education

Teri Garr was born on December 11, 1944, in Lakewood, Ohio, Cleveland, the United States of America under the birth sign of Sagittarius. She was born to her parents, Edward Leo Gonnoud and Phyllis Lind Garr. Her father was a vaudeville performer, comedian, and actor. As for her mother, she was a dancer, a Rockette, a model, and a wardrobe mistress. She is of American nationality, however, she is of mixed ethnicity. She is of Irish and Austrian descent. 

Garr has two siblings, Ed and Phil Garr. Her family moved from Cleveland to New Jersey before settling down in Los Angeles. When she was 11, her father passed away in Los Angeles with a heart attack. 

Garr was interested in acting and dancing since a young age. So, she trained ballet extensively. She graduated from North Hollywood High School. She then went on to attend the California State University, Northridge for two years before dropping out. She then went on to study at the Actors Studio and the Lee Strasberg Theater Film Institute. 

Is Teri Garr Married? Children? 

Teri Garr was a married woman. She got married to a building contractor, John O'Neil in 1993. They adopted a daughter, Molly O'Neil in November of the same year. The pair divorced in 1996.  

CAPTION: Teri Garr with her husband John O'Neil SOURCE: Whosdatedwho

Prior to getting married to John, Terri was in a four-year-long relationship with Roger Birnbaum and a seven-year relationship with David Kipper. 

In October 2002, it was confirmed that Terri had multiple sclerosis. She first started noticing symptoms in 1982 while shooting for Tootsie.  In December 2006, she was put in a coma for a week due to a ruptured brain aneurysm. But, after some therapy, she regained her speech and motor skills. 

Net Worth and Career 

Teri Garr started her career in 1963 with the movie, A Swinging Affair, and Fun in Acapulco. She then went on to appear in Kissin' Cousins, Roustabout, Pajama Party, and What a Way to Go! in 1964. During her early career, she was seen performing as a go-go dancer on several musical variety shows. 

Her breakthrough role came in 1968, when she appeared as Roberta Lincoln in the Star Trek's episode, Assignment: Earth. She got her first regular role in 1972 with The Ken Berry "WOW" Show.  She then went on to appear in Young Frankenstein (1974), Close Encounters to the Third Kind (1977), Oh, God! (1977), The Black Stallion (1979), and so on. 

From her career as an actor, she has been nominated for six awards including the Oscars and BAFTA. She won the National Board of Review award for Best Acting by an Ensemble for the movie, Pret-a-Porter in 1994. As of 2021, Terri has amassed an estimated net worth of around $4 million. 

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