Oscar Actors: Garr, Teri

Born on December 11, 1949 in Lakewood, Ohio.

The daughter of actor Edward (“Eddie”) Garr (190056), she began her career as a dancer, performing with the San Francisco Ballet at 13 and later appeared in the original road show of “West Side Story.” Following some exposure in commercials, she began appearing in films in 1966 as Terry Garr, then Teri Garr, finally settling on Teri Garr. Her early career was helped by frequent appearances on 'The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour' (197374).

She made her first real impression on movie audiences as the wideeyed girlfriend of Dr. Frankenstein in Mel Brooks's “Young Frankenstein” (1974) and has since played leads and supporting roles in numerous films, most successfully as a spirited comedienne.

Oscar Alert

In 1982, Teri Garr competed for the Supporting Actress Oscar with Jessica Lange (who won) also in “Tootsie,” Glenn Close in “The World According to Garp,” Kim Stanley in “Frances,” Lesley Ann Warren in “Victor/Victoria.”