Teri Garr is an American film and television actress. She was born on December 11, 1944 in Lakewood, Ohio. Her father, Eddie Garr was a vaudeville performer, comedian, and actor. Her mother, Phyllis Lind, was a dancer, model and also a wardrobe mistress. She graduated from north Hollywood High School in 1962. She briefly attended California state university, Northridge known as “San Fernando Valley State College”
In the beginning of her career, she was credited, variously as Terri Garr, Terry Garr, Teri Hope or Terry Carr. At the end of senior year, she met the most important person of her life David Winters who became her friend, dance teacher and mentor. He casted her in various movies and projects. She also worked as a background dancer. She worked in many serials and films like Mr. Mom, After Hours, One from the Heart, Oh God and the Black Stallion.
In October 2002, Garr publicly confirmed that she was battling multiple sclerosis. After years of uncertainty and secrecy surrounding her diagnosis, she explained her reasons for deciding to go public. In recent interviews, she has commented that she started noticing symptoms while in New York filming tootsie. For the next few years, as an acting job she went to the various locations around the world. She continued to see different doctors in different cities, until she finally found a doctor who correctly diagnosed her as having MS.
In 1983, Teri Garr was nominated for best supporting actress in tootsie. In November 2005, she was honored as the society’s ambassador of the year. On December 21, 2006, she suffered a brain aneurysm at her home.