Oscar Actors: Garr, Teri

Teri Garr plays two roles in “Expired,” Mother Barney & Aunt Tilde.

Garr was born in Hollywood, the daughter of Edward Garr, a Broadway stage and film actor, and Phyllis Garr, a dancer. While still an infant, her family moved from Hollywood to New Jersey. After the death of her father when she was 11, her family returned to Hollywood where her mother became a wardrobe mistress for movies and television.

By the age of 13, Garr had already made her debut as a professional dancer with a San Francisco-based ballet company, which led to her first television appearance on the music/dance show Shindig. She attended North Hollywood High School and later attended Cal State University, Northridge, where she majored in speech and dance. Continuing her drama studies, she trained with Charles Conrad and Lee Strasberg.

While Garrs dancing can be seen in nine Elvis Presley movies, her first speaking role in motion pictures was in the 1968 feature HEAD, starring The Monkees.

In the 1970s, she became well established in television with appearances on Star Trek, It Takes a Thief and McCloud and as a regular on The Sonny and Cher Show as Chers friend, Olivia.

Garr has since risen to become one of Hollywoods most versatile, energetic and well-recognized actresses. She has starred in many memorable films including YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, OH GOD!, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND and MR. MOM; her Oscar-nominated performance was for Best Supporting Actress in TOOTSIE.

She is also well known for her roles in THE BLACK STALLION, ONE FROM THE HEART,AFTER HOURS, THE ESCAPE ARTIST, FIRST BORN, LET IT RIDE, FULL MOON IN BLUE WATER, OUT COLD, SHORT TIME, WAITING FOR THE LIGHT, A PERFECT ALIBI, Robert Altmans READY-TO-WEAR, PRET-A-PORTER, GHOST WORLD, LIFE WITHOUT DICK and SEARCHING FOR DEBRA WINGER.

Her other varied television performances include: the CBS-TV sitcom Women of the House, starring opposite Delta Burke; a starring role in the ABC-TV sitcom Good and Evil; the CBS sitcom Good Advice; the NBC-TV movie Fugitive Nights, opposite Sam Elliott; Deliver Them From Evil: The Taking of Alta View; Stranger in the Family; and the HBO series Dream On. Garr did a hilarious turn as the birth mother of televisions most popular ditz Phoebe (played by Lisa Kudrow) on NBCs hit sitcom Friends. Previously, fans were treated to Garrs return to television in two NBC telefilms, Murder Live! and Night Screams. Murder Live! was a timely, provocative thriller that examined the trash-talk television shows and the issue of broadcasting responsibility. In Night Screams, Garr took on the role of a mother involved in a story of demonic possession and mystery.

Garrs much anticipated memoir Speedbumps: Flooring It Through Hollywood was published in November 2005. Garr was recently seen in the Paul Feig-directed comedy Unaccompanied Minors.