Real name: Teri Garr
Birthdate: December 11, 1949
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Garr was born in Lakewood, Ohio. Her father, Eddie Garr (born Eddie Gonnau), was a vaudeville performer, comedian and actor whose career peaked when he briefly took over the lead role in the Broadway drama Tobacco Road. Her mother, Phyllis (née Lind), was a dancer, wardrobe mistress, and model. Garr is a graduate of an all-girls Roman Catholic high school named Magnificat in Rocky River, Ohio, near her hometown of Lakewood.
Garr appeared in a series of local television commercials in several markets for various FM radio stations.
In October 2002, Garr made it public that she has multiple sclerosis. After years of uncertainty and secrecy surrounding her diagnosis, Teri explained her reasons for deciding to share her private battle with the world, "I'm telling my story for the first time, so I can help people. I can help people know they aren't alone, and tell them there are reasons to be optimistic because today treatment options are available".
Since Garr announced that she has MS, she has become a leading advocate in raising awareness for MS and the latest treatments for the disease. She is a National Ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and National Chair for the Society's Women Against MS program (WAMS). WAMS is a nationwide education and fundraising program that helps to increase the public's awareness of MS and the National MS Society while acknowledging and encouraging the advancement of women philanthropists. In November 2005, Garr was honored as the Society’s Ambassador of the Year for her commitment to raising awareness for the MS cause. This honor had been given only four times since the Society was founded.
On December 21, 2006 she suffered a brain aneurysm in her Los Angeles area home; her 13-year-old daughter called for help when she couldn't get her to wake up. Following surgery, her publicist Heidi Schaeffer said she expects Garr to make a full recovery. Her autobiography Speedbumps: Flooring It Through Hollywood (co-written by Henriette Mantel) was published in 2005.