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Fast Facts

  • Both parents were involved in the entertainment business; her father was a vaudeville performer and her mother was a Radio City Rockette.
  • Unable to afford a prom dress, her mother, a seamstress for NBC, borrowed one of Dinah Shore's dresses from the studio stockroom.
  • Appeared as a dancer in five Elvis Presley movies, including Viva Las Vegas (1964).
  • Gained popularity by playing Inga in Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks' 1974 parody of horror films.
  • Was a frequent guest on the Late Night with David Letterman show, and was once talked into taking a shower in Letterman's office, on camera.
  • An ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, helping to raise awareness for the disease she was diagnosed with in 1999. 
  • Published her autobiography Speed Bumps: Flooring it Through Hollywood in 2005.


  • 1982, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1984, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee


  • Phyllis Garr — Mother
  • Eddie Garr — Father
  • Molly — Daughter
  • David Kipper — Ex-significant Other
  • Roger Birnbaum — Ex-significant Other
  • John O'Neil — Ex-husband
  • Phillip — Brother
  • Ed — Brother


  • Attended San Fernando Valley State College, Northridge, California, United States

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  • Birth Name: Terry Ann Garr
  • Birth Place: Lakewood, Ohio, United States
  • Profession: Actor

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