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Teri Garr

Lowest Rated:   0% The Sting II (1983)
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Teri Garr found early visibility with a mixture of dramatic and comic roles before maturing, so to speak, into her persona as a smart comedienne typecast as an eccentric ditz. Her warm, fluffy presence and great sense of timing made her a Hollywood mainstay, still finding regular work into her fifties, with her intelligence forever providing depth to a panoply of sweetly goofy supporting roles.The progeny of old-school, low-level industry types -- vaudevillian Eddie Garr and wardrobe mistress Phyllis Garr -- the actress was born as Terry Garr on December 11, 1949. She had launched into a professional dance career by age 13, working with the San Francisco ballet and joining a touring company of West Side Story. Her toes soon tapped her into the movies, providing her steady work during the 1960s in such films as The TAMI Show, What a Way to Go, and John Goldfarb Please Come Home, with her first actual appearance coming in the Elvis Presley vehicle Fun in Acapulco (1963). Her tiny speaking role in the 1968 Monkees movie Head brought her enough attention to land her work as a featured player in a handful of early-'70s television variety shows: The Ken Berry "Wow" Show, The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour, and The Sony and Cher Comedy Hour.Francis Ford Coppola gave Garr her first major film role with 1974's The Conversation, where she played Amy, the girlfriend of Gene Hackman's surveillance man Harry Caul. With her next part, however, she proved herself impossible to pin down, going the opposite direction to play the riotously accented maidservant Inga in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein (1974). From here she began a string of playing mothers and wives in high-profile films, few of which allowed her to dabble in her sillier side: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Oh, God! (1977), and The Black Stallion (1979). It wasn't until Tootsie in 1981 that she received full recognition for her talents and started to become identified with her knack for playing charmingly sweet airheads. She received her one and only Oscar nomination as Sandy, the neurotic soap actress.Tootsie proved an early career peak for Garr; although she continued to get a decent amount of prominent film work (Mr. Mom, Miracles, Mom and Dad Save the World, Dumb and Dumber), she never again made the same forceful impression, keeping her plate full but slipping into the background. Garr became ubiquitous as a TV movie actress, ushering in a slightly more earnest period of her career, as well as a drop in prestige. With such projects as Stranger in the Family (1991), Deliver Them From Evil: The Taking of Alta View (1992), and Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert (1993), she could be counted on to tackle the hot-button topic of the week on network TV.Although the '90s provided her few meaty movie roles, she did indeed thrive in television, including countless sitcom guest spots, as well as vocal work on the animated series Batman Beyond. Her most widely seen guest appearance was as the estranged birth mother of Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) on NBC's Friends. In addition to it being an uncanny case of casting by physical resemblance, Garr's character provided the perfect explanation for the source of Phoebe's wackiness. Garr also seemed to symbolically pass the torch to Kudrow, her heir apparent in lovable flightiness.She continued to work steadily in a number of projects including Dick, Ghost World, and Unaccompanied Minors. She's fought a number of health issues including a nearly fatal brain aneurysm in 2006, and being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Release
  • Ronnie Neary
$3.1M 2017
59% Expired
  • Mother Barney/Aunt Tilde
2008
84% Kabluey
  • Suze
2007
31% Unaccompanied Minors
  • Actor
$16.7M 2006
No Score Yet Aloha, Scooby-Doo!
  • Mayor Molly Quinn
2005
No Score Yet The Black Stallion Returns
  • Alec's Mother
2003
No Score Yet Searching for Debra Winger
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Criminal Instinct - A Colder Kind of Death
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Taste of Jupiter
  • Actor
2002
92% Ghost World
  • Maxine
$4.7M 2001
No Score Yet Life Without Dick
  • Madame Hugonaut
2001
No Score Yet The Wandering Soul Murders
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet A Colder Kind of Death
  • Tess Malone
2001
88% Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
  • Mary McGinnis
2000
57% Fun in Acapulco
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Batman Beyond: The Movie
  • Actor
1999
70% Dick
  • Helen Lorenzo
1999
No Score Yet Half a Dozen Babies (Life's Little Struggles)
  • Lee Dilley
1999
No Score Yet Kill the Man
  • Mrs. Livingston
1999
20% Casper Meets Wendy
  • Fanny
1998
25% A Simple Wish
  • Rena
1997
No Score Yet Ronnie & Julie
  • Elizabeth Monroe
1997
No Score Yet Nightscream
  • Julie Ordwell
1997
No Score Yet Changing Habits
  • Connie
1997
No Score Yet No Money Down
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Murder Live!
  • Joanna McGrath
1997
36% Michael
  • Judge Esther Newberg
1996
No Score Yet Perfect Alibi
  • Laney Tolbert
1995
26% Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter)
  • Louise Hamilton, Major Hamilton's Wife
1994
67% Dumb and Dumber
  • Helen Swanson
1994
No Score Yet A Woman's View of Pro Football
  • Actor
1993
9% Mom and Dad Save the World
  • Marge Nelson
1992
98% The Player
  • Herself
1992
No Score Yet Deliver Them from Evil: The Taking of Alta View
  • Susan Woolley
1992
No Score Yet Stranger in the Family
  • Randi Thomspon
1991
No Score Yet Waiting for the Light
  • Kay Harris
1990
20% Short Time
  • Carolyn Simpson
1990
No Score Yet A Perfect Little Murder
  • Marsha Pegler
1990
No Score Yet Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme
  • Jill (of Jack and Jill)
1990
30% Let It Ride
  • Pam
1989
No Score Yet Out Cold
  • Sunny
1989
30% Full Moon in Blue Water
  • Louise Taylor
1988
No Score Yet Paul Reiser: Out On a Whim
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Martin Mull Live from North Ridgeville, Ohio
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Pack of Lies
  • Helen
1987
No Score Yet Miracles
  • Jean Briggs
1986
90% After Hours
  • Julie
$10.7M 1985
33% Firstborn
  • Wendy
1984
No Score Yet To Catch a King
  • Hannah Winter
1984
81% Mr. Mom
  • Carolyn
1983
0% The Sting II
  • Countess Veronique
1983
89% Tootsie
  • Sandy
1982
No Score Yet The Escape Artist
  • Arlene
1982
38% Wrong Is Right
  • Actor
1982
48% One From the Heart
  • Frannie
1982
No Score Yet Prime Suspect
  • Amy McCleary
1982
No Score Yet Honky Tonk Freeway
  • Ericka
1981
89% The Black Stallion
  • Alec's Mother
1979
96% Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Ronnie Neary
1977
72% Oh, God!
  • Bobbie Landers
1977
No Score Yet Once Upon a Brothers Grimm
  • Princess
1977
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood
  • Fluffy Peters
1976
93% Young Frankenstein
  • Inga
1974
98% The Conversation
  • Amy
1974
No Score Yet The Moonshine War
  • Tourist's Wife
1970
No Score Yet Changes
  • Waitress
1969
75% Head
  • Testy True
1968
No Score Yet Speedway
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet Maryjane
  • Terri
1968
No Score Yet Clambake
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet John Goldfarb, Please Come Home
  • Actor
1965
33% Pajama Party
  • Dancer buried in sand
1964
17% What a Way to Go!
  • Actor
1964
No Score Yet Kissin' Cousins
  • Actor
1964
63% Roustabout
  • Actor
1964

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Minerva Grahame-Bishop
  • 2005
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
  • 2002
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Celinda Celinda Randlett
  • 1999
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
  • 1995
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1985
  • 1983
  • 1980
0% Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Roberta
  • 1968

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