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NPR : Teri Garr's Story: 'Speedbumps' and Progress

Teri Garr on Fresh Air

Actress Teri Garr is probably best known for her role in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein. She has also worked with other many other well-known directors in her varied career. Her first role was in Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation. She was in Stephen Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Sydney Pollack's Tootsie.

Before becoming an actress, Garr was a dancer, following in the footsteps of her mother, who was a Rockette. Garr danced in a number of Elvis Presley films, on the Sony and Cher Comedy Hour TV show, and on the show Shivaree.

In 2002, Garr was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis -- a ruling that made sense of the symptoms that had plagued her for 20 years. Her new memoir is Speedbumps: Flooring It through Hollywood. The book was written with Henriette Mantel.

Streaming version of interview and book excerpt here.

December 6, 2005 in people | Permalink