Finding Teri Garr

Where is Teri Garr?  The call went out.  There was silence.  Teri and I had attended MS dinners, sat down with Larry King, and now she was gone.  Teri’s old phone number rang but seemed connected to nothing.  Sick souls can fade and cease to exist in the public eye.  They can just pull into themselves and vanish.  I’ve been there.  The possibility that she was locking herself away was upsetting.  The woman had been so vital.  Maybe she still was.

My search for Teri Garr finally paid off.  Meredith and I were on CNN with Piers Morgan.  One of his producers had looked through this blog and read, Where is Teri Garr?  He happened to know her publicist and passed the blog post along.  Teri read the entry and sent her newphone number back.

I called.  Instantly I could hear the ravages of MS in her voice.  Teri’s energy level seemed so low.  This is the woman who starred in Young Frankenstein in 1974, playing opposite Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman, two crazy men.  Does that sound low energy to you?  Teri was in Tootsie and Close Encounters, young, beautiful and full of life.  Now her answers to my gentle inquiries came close to monosyllabic.  Teri is retired, meaning there is no work.  And she sounds defeated.

How sorry I am to write that.  We have discussed hope in our conversations on this blog.  Teri did say she is determined to move back to Brentwood, where she used to live.  “I can’t afford it, but I will find a way.”  I suspect she means it more than believes the change ever will happen.  But she is nobody’s victim. Teri’s twenty-year-old daughter is in college in San Diego, and the funny lady is alone.

Teri was crazy herself and would do about anything on the screen.  Now she walks with a cane, and stays in the community that will do anything for people until it is done with them.  Gertrude Stein once said of Oakland, actually, “There is no there there.”  When it comes to fealty from friends and former colleagues, I would grab those words and head south to LA. There is no there there.

It is presumptuous for me to feel sorry for Ms. Garr.  There is no reason to believe she feels sorry for herself.  Probably, she will kill me if she reads this.  Her story only points up the toll a serious chronic illness can take on a life.  Teri had it all.   Then she had nothing.  Illness is merciless.  So are people.

68 Responses to Finding Teri Garr

  1. MB February 9, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    I watched her appearance on the Letterman show about five or six years ago, when MS didn’t have its physical stranglehold on me. Although Teri was physically impaired (her arm and leg were affected), she was still so funny.

    Now I’m the Teri Garr I saw on TV, with an arm, a hand, and a leg that no longer work, but with a mind that still functions. I can’t help but wonder if your phone encounter with Ms. Garr is the same one my friends will have with me in a few years.

    I’m happy you found Teri Garr. Maybe your blog will provide her with a sense of community that you wrote about previously. If anything, even if she’s by herself, she may not have to feel alone.

    • Richard February 10, 2014 at 8:16 am #

      I hope so. We all are different. I just hope she finds the peace I continue to hunt.


    • Joyce Mordoh October 13, 2014 at 11:24 am #

      I, as well, have always loved the work of Teri Garr. She always made me laugh. I have been thinking of her so much today I had to look her up and happy to find this article. If someone could please tell her about the RIck Simpson Oil. It may very well be able to help her. The results for so many diseases is really amazing. It is well worth the try. Sending strength and prayers .

  2. MimiNOLA February 10, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

    What about Squiggy? Where is he? It was the first book I read when I was diagnosed. I am of the Laverne and Shirley generation, and loved Lenny and Squiggy on the show. Wonder how he is doing today?

    • Richard February 10, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

      Have not talked to him for a while. Will try. Promise.


      • D December 20, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

        Hi Richard. I have a funny request. I have been told recently that I am the biological half sister of Teri Garr’s adopted daughter. Could you pass that on to her and see if she would like to contact me at the above email. Thanks much.

  3. Lisa February 10, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

    She doesn’t have a house in Brentwood, but that isn’t the same as having nothing.

  4. Terri Weiss February 11, 2014 at 4:41 am #

    Teri, if you ever read Richard’s post here, you’ll know it was made out of love and respect.

    You are not alone.

    I frequently have had to remind myself of the same thing.

    Richard’s blog has removed the need to remind myself quite so often.

    You are lucky to have him as your friend; the rest of us are lucky to have his words, on this site.

  5. Shasha February 28, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    HI, I met Teri Garr at a fundraiser..but was not able to talk to her. I gave her some written sheets about what I did for my MS…she grabbed them/hugged them. This is what I wish I could have handed her of what I do for my MS. Please send her this:

    She maybe Celiac (tests may not work to diagnose Celiac which may cause MS) no gluten (wheat/barley/rye..oats)/dairy/soy/sugar…vitamins/good oils and LDN, Vit D3, Vit C, zinc, fish oil, Mg citrate, B vitamins, alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10, Amour thyroid, Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot, HCl and enzymes with meals, dairy free probiotic may help. She may heal fast with Alternative medicine help. I also needed to detox heavy metals with EDTA/DMPS IV chelations. Hair tests show good mineral levels and heavy metal levels. GMO food may hurt. Eating organic and nothing in a box/label may help. Alcohol may drain vitamins out of a person and may have gluten. Hidden gluten can be on nuts not in a shell and more. LDN is great help to block Celiac and heal the gut lining so nutrients absorb and then the cells of the body/brain rebuild/heal..burn more oxygen. An Alternative doctor may help her. Best wishes to you and her.

  6. Gary Frank April 29, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

    MS must be maddeningly frustrating for dynamic people like you Richard, and for Teri Garr. It makes me angry, if one can be angry at a disease. I was immediately captivated by Teri when she appeared in the Star Trek episode “Assignment Earth” in 1968. She seemed to personify our generation, and she’s been part of my essence ever since. She really should be physically free to enjoy life.

  7. Christopher May 9, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    Very touching article, but I must disagree with the idea that people in Hollywood (or L.A. since they are always lumped together for bashing purposes) are heartless in these situations. My dear friend Brad was an employee of the Disney studios for only a couple of years when he was diagnosed with MS years ago. The studio did everything possible to accommodate him while he could still work, and when he couldn’t, they kept up his insurance and for the next 9 years sent him every new video and CD from the latest movies so he could enjoy them in his help facility. His coworkers visited him regularly–which was a trek as his facility was in San Bernadino county. Many of his friends who were also in the “industry” were constantly at his side. He wouldn’t have gotten better emotional and practical support in Mayberry. L.A. is like any big city, there are caring people and there are cretins. You can’t paint such a negative portrait of an area that consists of over 8 million divergent souls. I have always admired Teri and I wish her (and you) nothing but the best in the valiant struggle against this cruel disease.

  8. mary land June 15, 2014 at 11:20 am #

    many years ago, I was the Alaska Airlines flight attendant who held Terri’s newly adopted daughter on a flight that had an in-op first class lav, and she was forced to walk through the length of the airplane to use the lav in the rear. There was a charter group of teenagers who saw their hero from “Mr. Mom” on a mission of necessity. You could have heard a pin drop as she went unmolested down that aisle as her fans sat in awe. She is an awesome lady with a sweet presence, and I was priviledged to have a brief encounter. What a life/what a lady! Prayers and best——–God always has a plan.

  9. Lisa T June 17, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    Richard, Thank you for writing this! I read Teri’s book in 2009 and would love to write her a letter or email. I looked all over the internet but never found a way to connect. I have been a fan my whole life, and after reading her book I was inspired by her. If you know of a way I could send a note, please let me know.

    Teri if you read this, I think of you often, as I’m sure many of your fans do. We are all still enjoying your work! Praying you know you are loved. ~Lisa

  10. Mike Q June 20, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    I recently watched the 2008 Letterman episode with Teri where she appeared to have lost the use of her right arm. She talked about a brain aneurysm she suffered in 2006, that required physical therapy to regain motor skills and speech. Although the she had been dealing with MS for years, she continued to work, performing in 3 movies in the months before the aneurysm. As far as I can find, her appearance on that episode of Letterman was the last time she appeared on any TV program.

    I, like pretty much every guy I’ve ever talked to, had (and still have) a huge crush on her. I miss her.

  11. jon June 26, 2014 at 12:42 am #

    I made up the first web site for teri back in the 90’s. I met her on the remake of ,”I’ve Got a Secret” on the oxygen network. We corresponded for a number of years via e mail (she gave me her e mail address in person, from her own lips). She was very kind and generous with her time.

    AOL stopped hosting websites and the site is gone. Some images are still out there from the site.

    I wanted to tell people something that I noticed about her back in the late 90’s. She has the bluest eyes you can imagine. The film/tv shots don’t do them justice.

    I wish her well. Haven’t heard from her in many years.

    all the best to her fans.


  12. Carrie Ameli June 30, 2014 at 1:29 am #

    If you ever read this, know how you are loved. I just finished watching you on Close Encounters, on Netflix. I wondered afterwards how you were, what you were doing now…so I got online and found this site. You are unique, beautiful and talented. I hope you are doing well, despite your illness, and wish comfort, peace and happiness for you. God bless, and thank you.
    Charleston, WV

  13. Jim July 7, 2014 at 10:56 pm #

    Wishing you all the best Teri. You are a lovely talented woman. All the very best to you

  14. Michelle July 9, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    Richard, I’m in the process of building my own personal website about MS and my experiences with it, etc. I was diagnosed a bit over 3 years ago. One of the first things I wanted to do was a slideshow of celebrities with MS and you and Terri Garr are on that list. So that’s how I ended up here. I can’t find anything since around 2008 about Terri. It makes me very sad to think she’s sitting in some house alone and depressed and hopeless. I sincerely hope that is not the case. Thank you for reaching out to her. I’d like to think she reads your blog and knows about all of us who are thinking about her and wishing her well. I wish she would post or at the very least reach out to you personally. I intend to spend some time on here reading your blog over the next few days. Looking forward to getting your take on life with ms.

  15. Tina July 9, 2014 at 11:31 pm #

    Wow! So happy to have found this website and hear some news about Teri Garr! Sad to hear her condition has worsened and I hope she has good people around to support and help her with whatever she needs. I’ve always been a fan of hers. Whenever somebody asks me what celebrity do I resemble most, I say Teri Garr (it’s true!). My old boyfriend used to tell me that I was “his Teri Garr”. What a lovely compliment. If you’re reading this Ms Garr, please know that I love you, always have and that I think of you often and wish you all the best. Take care. (((hugs)))

  16. jon b July 10, 2014 at 3:07 am #

    What a bizare, and psychologically unhealthy, post. You seem to be the sick one. (?)

  17. Sandra D. July 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    I would just like to wish you, and Ms. Garr, the very best. I was always a fan, and always will be.
    Both of you, please take care 🙂

  18. Sally S. July 21, 2014 at 11:11 pm #

    I, too, am one of the many who misses you, Ms. Garr, and was so happy to find Mr. Cohen’s article and subscribe to his wonderful “Journeyman” newsletter. I will be keeping you in my heart and prayers and hoping for all of the desires of your heart to present themselves in all areas of your life. You brought and still bring me and others such joy through your work – I have always admired your sweet spirit, sense of humor and beautiful smile. God bless you and hope to see you, somewhere, soon.

  19. saul levine August 1, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    I read your biography. It was enjoyable. I wanted to pass on this info to you. There is a documentary on Netflix, “Forks Over Knives”. I followed the advice for a year now and it helped greatly for a serious illness. Have a look and see what you think. Saul

  20. Robert Jones, England September 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    Terri, if you get to read this I just want to say you have always been my favourite actress,I will always remember you in ‘Close Enc’, Tootsie, and others. But the strange thing I remember was while watching ‘Friends’ once I couldn’t help thinking how the character Pheobe resembled you in every way, the dizzy outlook on life ,a part you so often played ,it seemed to me you could have been Mum and daughter for real. Then amazingly you appeared as her Mother with the little puppy in the ‘Beachouse vacation ‘ episode ! I couldn’t believe my eyes !
    I have just watched the episode where you come to the Coffee Shop to pick up the puppy and I thought, what has happened to this lovely lady, so I found this link which I am grateful for, just to pass on my best wishes for the future and we will be thinking of you as always .It would be nice to hear a message from you to say you are OK. You have a lot of friends in the U.K. you know , Love you always.

  21. Ron Weathers September 9, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

    I too was a great fan of Terri Garr “back in the day” when she danced, was a bit dizzy and had that sparkle in her eyes. Hope she’s doing better and I see today ( Sept 9, 2014)they are having a screening of the 40th anniversary of “Young Frankenstein” in Beverly Hills at the Goldwyn Theatre and Terri is scheduled to appear. It’s sold out so I hope a lot of her fans will be there.

  22. dave September 9, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    Another fan here. Terri you are a part of my life…a very good part. Just finished watching close encounters and started to think about you. You are loved by many and I can only say thank you for the joy you have provided me and millions of others.

  23. Daniel P September 10, 2014 at 1:49 am #

    I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Terri a couple of times, I have her studio promo pic that she signed for me many years ago on my wall in my office. I’m in the entertainment industry and have a quite a few photos from friends collected over the years, she is my very favorite actress because she took the time, and was so nice to the crew. I lost my very best friend to MS 8 years ago, and a person on my immediate staff has MS, and he is a good friend…. Horrible disease that moves as a thief in the night.

    Terri was always generous, uplifting, and a Joy to be with. She is not forgotten and is thought of everyday by fans all over the world, myself included. She is and always will be vital, and loved.

  24. Sildenafil September 16, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

    WOW ust what I was looing for. Came here by searching for keywords

  25. Homer September 19, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    The first time I saw Ms, Garr was on the Gary Seven episode of Star Trek I was 7 or eight years old I fell in love with her, next was Young Frankenstein the best Horror Comedy movie ever made, As far as female move stars she is second only to Lauren Bacall. If she reads this please keep the faith dear, my heart and compassion go out to you.

  26. Richie P September 23, 2014 at 4:36 am #

    Just watched Tootsie & thought of you Teri. Great cast & great movie. Had to find out about you as haven’t seen you since the Letterman show. One of my fav movies is Young Frankenstein. ” Roll … roll … roll in da hay ” wow you were very funny & oh so beautiful in that classic. Here’s wishing you the best as you are still thought of & loved my lady.

  27. Renee Lee September 28, 2014 at 8:26 am #

    Mr. Cohen,
    I can only give you my sincerest thanks & appreciation for this web-blog, regarding Ms.Teri Garr!

    As someone who is a lifelong fan of her work, I too battle a chronic disease that will one day take my life. The grace, beauty & utterly amazing attitude that Ms. Garr has handled her illness is astounding & inspirational to say the least!

    And just an FYI, for the person who made a comment about how much she “probably walked away with after the sale of her home” several years ago, is a very narrow sighted & foolish person to make it sound like Ms. Garr shouldn’t really have any worries financially. (That’s how I took the implication!)
    Well, I can only imagine the costs for medication & treatment for MS, let alone after suffering a brain aneurysm & all of the rehab costs/fees associated with it!
    (For my chronic illness, I have monthly prescriptions that total over $15000 per month & a medical treatment given to me as an all day outpatient infused medication every 6 weeks that runs between $18000-$24000 each time! And I’ve been on this medical treatment regimen for nearly 6 yrs. But, without it ALL of these things, I’d be dead already….BTW-The ACA plans available, if I had taken one, would’ve eliminated all but 1 of my 12-14 physicians I see monthly…And after battling this disease for 15+ yrs, I thank God for everyday I’m here. But it comes at a very heavy price, financially & personally. I went from having 3 successful businesses with a now ex-husband, that were making over 5 million dollars a yr & teaching classes 3 times a week at the local college, to just being happy to be alive everyday.)

    So, when some of you think that Ms. Garr is “just not out & being seen anymore” it doesn’t necessarily mean that she’s sitting at home, just wallowing in self-pity…Because personally, she’s never seemed to have that as her true personality, whether it be from her book or from people who know her directly.
    Sometimes, it just takes EVERYTHING you’ve got in you, to get up & live your life that day… Going to scheduled appointments, getting out just to do regular daily errands.
    I commend Ms. Garr on truly “living” day in & day out, with something that’s a hell of a lot harder to do than any role she played in film, stage or television. (That, looked like it came so naturally for her…Truly a gifted, beautiful lady, in every sense of the word!)
    Ms. Garr, if you happen to read this, please know how many people are literally & completely inspired by you. (And while I, like many people, always miss seeing your “forever beautiful face, great wit & graceful charm” on any type venue, you just keep on working the relentless work, of living your life. That’s ALL that matters at this point! Your body of work, will always be a complete standout performance, overshadowing those in the scenes with you! The joy & pleasure you’ve brought to SO many people through your work, truly is a gift.

    May God Bless You & Your daughter/family!



    A true lady in a business where that is a rare thing indeed….

    Thank you Mr. Cohen for this blog.
    God Bless You & Your Family as well!

  28. Mary Norman October 9, 2014 at 8:41 am #

    Ms. Garr is obviously loved and admired by so many. I wish we could organize an effort that brings that love home. Maybe a good ole fashion letter writing outreach? As you know, lifting the spirits is the best medicine. I’d volunteer to help! She’s been a favorite person in my life, although we’ve never net. Her determination (and yours, Mr. Cohen) inspires me in my daily life. Thank you both!

  29. Dan October 12, 2014 at 11:00 pm #

    I’m a seventy year old diagnosed with M.S. six months ago with exactly the same symptoms Teri had. I just pray that I can handle it with the same grace and purpose of being that Teri Garr has role modeled for all of us, no matter what our cross is to bear.

  30. Sil Adkins October 16, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    I’m so glad I found this article. I was specifically looking for any update on Ms. Garr and even though this was written several months ago, I really appreciate hearing anything about her. I’ve always enjoyed her performances and love trying to find her in any old Elvis movie dancing in the background! I hope as of this date she is doing as well as can be expected and I truly hope she reads these and can appreciate how much she is missed!

  31. Bob Diamond October 23, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

    After watching Tootsie tonight, I too wondered where is and how is Teri Garr. An enormous fan of her work I was heartened that you were able to connect with her and bring news to my eyes. I hope she wasnt angry with your depictions here. She should know that there are still millions of us who will appreciate her professional legacy and many who will never know the reality of the superstar’s curtain calls. Still here for you, eating popcorn and laughing. GODSPEED TG..

  32. Susan October 28, 2014 at 3:18 am #

    Thank you, Richard, for this beautiful article. I read Teri’s book years ago and, for some reason, thought of her tonight–and that’s how I found your article.
    I, too, am a ‘has been’ in my field and am only remembered for my past efforts even though I’m trying to be as productive as I can.

    We would love to hear from Teri on how she’s doing today.

    Please stay in touch with Teri-and let her know we’re out here and care about her.

    Keep up the good work, Richard!

  33. Trace October 29, 2014 at 12:25 am #

    Teri Garr is an American treasure, I hope she knows how many people think of her every single day. If there is anything we can do, please let us know.

  34. Trace October 29, 2014 at 12:34 am #

    Teri’s interview with Hoda & Kathie Lee back in 2008:

  35. Trace October 29, 2014 at 12:37 am #

    (Apologies for posting three times)
    Photos of Teri in 2014, appearing at the Young Frankenstein 40th Anniversary:

  36. Jim in Portland Oregon, age 63 (ugh) November 9, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    So incredibly bummed to learn about Teri Garr’s illness. Who doesn’t love what she has already given us? Would love to send her an email or fan letter, or help her in some small way as a thanks for being her. I’d be so proud to call her a friend, but our paths seem unlikely to cross.
    With much admiration and affection,

  37. Brett November 14, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

    Listen to Ms. Garr on The Moth. You can do a search and find it. She is funny, marvelous and beautiful. Ms. Garr, thanks for sharing your hilarious story. You’re a great story teller. All the best to you!

  38. Jerry Hopkins November 18, 2014 at 11:41 pm #

    I’m hoping Teri reads this blog, so she’ll know I’ve thought of her (always kindly) over the years. She and I sort of dated for a couple of years back in the 1960s when she was a dancer on a TV show known as “Shivaree.” At the time, calling herself “Terry Garr, Movie Star,” she and two girlfriends shared a second-floor apartment that looked out at the Paramount Studios, where her mom worked in the wardrobe department. I guess she’d danced in all those dumb Elvis movies by then, but all she had going when I knew her was a Dial soap commercial. One of her roomies saw Brian Jones when the Stones came to town and the other dated Ian Whitcomb. (While Terry went off with the drummer in the Lovin’ Spoonful when they visited LA.) Terry and I went to shows on the Sunset Strip, I think we saw “Easy Rider” together at a screening, she introduced me to her artist friend Wally Berman, an honor I believe she bestowed on few, and once she took me home for Christmas to meet her mom. I was, for so long as the show lasted, as smitten by her as David Letterman later proved to be every time she appeared on his show…where she’d just bat her eyes, cross legs she always thought were too big, and say something completely off the wall, leaving Letterman with his tongue hanging. Terry (Teri, if you insist), if you see this and want to reconnect with a fan from too long ago, I’m at; I’d like to say hi. In any case, I send my warmest wishes.

  39. Drew in Florida November 27, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

    I have periodically searched the internet to try and find out what’s happened to Teri since she had sold her house in Brentwood. I am usually very disappointed to find that no one has put any information on-line about how she and her daughter are doing. I’m grateful that you made an attempt to get into contact with her. I wish that there was more detail available, but, of course, I hope that she’s in the best circumstances possible and comfortable. I am so worried about her. She is a brilliant comedian and performer and a wonderful lady.

  40. Carole B. December 3, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    Thank you for the information on Teri Garr. I also have MS and was an ambassador for Rebif, along with Teri Garr several years ago. I spoke at a meeting in Portland, Oregon and after my speech she came up, shook my hand and said I was a tough act to follow. It was such a kind thing to say to me. People were there to see and hear Teri – and she didn’t disappoint – but she also made me feel like my journey and what I had to share was equally important. I have thought of her often and wondered how she was doing with this disease. Thank you. If you read this Teri, “You killed it in Portland”

  41. Janet December 7, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

    I met her many years ago with some actor I can’t remember, everyone was young and lovely and she was delightful. Then, years after, I would see her at a gym in LA….how I hope she has love and light In her life.
    I just happened to see her this evening watching a bit of Young Frankenstein.Brilliant.

  42. Charles Swierczynski December 10, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    Dear Mr. Cohen,

    Today (in a few hours) is Teri Garr’s birthday. If your phone contact still works, please call her to wish her a happy birthday. Let her know about the love and affection sent her way by all the people who responded to your post. She will always be in our hearts.

  43. julian green December 17, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    I have a degenerative illness which is gradually affecting all areas,so it was sad to read about Terri. I saw the episode of Star Trek the other day on CBS Action and she was so young and beautiful,it just shows there is no such thing as justice in this life. I have just turned 57,and have been incredibly lucky to have met and married a lovely lady in the last few years who takes me for what I am.She works and I run the home (thankfully its a 2-bedroomed bungalow) but without her there would be no hope.We will face the future together. The point is,there is always the possibility that there is someone out there for her,someone to love,cherish,and,when needed to,care!

  44. Charity Lee December 24, 2014 at 1:29 am #

    Ms. Garr I wish you all the best. We just love you in movies and on television shows but you are so much more than that! You inspire those of us out here who have MS and are dealing with it day by day. Take your therapy faithfully. Eat right and exercise the best you are able to! My disease progression has not been too bad. I have enjoyed all this fun for 14 years now but am very grateful for the neurological community here in TX because the doctors and treatments are excellent! I am on Tecfidera now and like it much better than Avonex (no needles). I will pray for you and for your every day issues. It is much harder than most know. Myself I am ashamed to go out as I should because my right foot troubles me and it makes me embarrassed to exercise. However, I have to keep going. I hope you have a support network and a group of friends and family who care about you. It is very very important to your over-all well being my dear. Your fans still care for and worry about you. You are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your story with the world!

    Much love from someone who understands in Texas. 🙂

    email me at the above address if you like

    God bless!

  45. Wendel Ray December 27, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    Dear Teri Garr, I am simply a fan that misses seeing you in films and tv. Warmest thoughts and best wishes.

  46. Rick Kent December 31, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    I often think of Teri Garr. She went public with her having MS just before I went public although she is a celebrity and I’m only in the small world of extreme-endurance sport. Going public is not an easy thing if a lot of strangers know who you are.

    I’ve met and spoke with Teri on three occasions at parties and get togethers of others with MS. The last time I saw her about seven years ago at the Tyler Hamilton Gala in Boston she was presented with a special bicycle that was lower to the ground so she could keep better balance and not topple over. I often wondered if she ever used that bike. I spoke to her about how it would help so much if she could actually use it even just twice a week but I knew it would be a huge challenge for her.

    I think your write up here was a little to negative in parts and why refer to her as “Ms. Garr” if you are already acquainted. It sounds like you are in a legal battle or you don’t like her which is obviously not the case. Thanks for finding Teri and putting some updates on her and where she is.

    I’ve read and reread her book “Speed Bumps” too many times to count. Teri if you somehow are reading this I want another autographed copy mine is almost destroyed with water damage and dogs chewing on it 😉 I highly recommend getting her book it is a good read and funny!

    Rick Kent
    Austin, TX

    • Tracy January 13, 2015 at 5:11 pm #

      Rick…here is a quote from Teri, apparently she does exercise with a “bike”…..

      “Exercise is crucial,” she adds. She favors a machine that’s similar to a recumbent bicycle. “I try to use it an hour a day. It helps strengthen both my arms and legs, and is aerobic as well. Plus, I can read or watch TV while I’m on it. In the summer I swim, which I really love. It’s vital to keep moving.”

  47. Elaina Kestecher January 11, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

    After watching Close Encounters with my teenage daughter I was wondering what happened to Teri Garr. She was such an ever present part of my formative years. We too have a family member fighting MS. I can only hope that she realizes how many people care about how she is doing. Teri, thank you for entertaining us with your wit and talent all these years. God Bless you and your family. Big hug.

  48. august venceller January 28, 2015 at 9:58 pm #

    I always loved teri and seen her a lot on david letterman and then I got tired of dave and forgot about teri, how could that happen? I loved her and wish her the best and also a miracle that would come from nowhere and cure her, I am no budy a 68yr.old man that just started to search for teri and now that I found her please let her know another fan of her is saying prayers for her and wish her well. augie venceller 3811 ponytail palm ct. north ft. myers florida 33917.

  49. KarenL February 4, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

    I was happy to see Terri Garr as an attorney in an episode of Law & Order SVU from a few years ago. I have a DVD of Pack of Lies and enjoyed watching it today, Best wishes to Ms Garr.

  50. katherine February 15, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

    Just wanted to send a message to Teri: We love you!! I saw you on a Friends rerun last night and have seen you in movies and on Letterman over the years, and your heart, spirit and person couldn’t be more adorable and lovely. I am terribly sorry for the pain that you’ve had to endure over the years because of MS. You’ve been a bright light to this world, and you deserve every happiness. I’m sending you love and hugs and blessings! Please find peace in the presence of God, Teri. And know that we are all with you in spirit! I will pray for you!

  51. susanb April 2, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

    Ms. Teri Garr, I love you and miss you on Letterman. You were the best Letterman guest ever! I used to make a special effort to record your appearances back in the VHS days of the 80s and early 90s. You and Dave were like George Burns and Gracie Allen!

    And thank you for adopting! As an adopted only child myself, I am so grateful to people like you – your daughter Molly seems like a great kid!

    I think ole Dave ought to have you on his final show, if you think you feel well enough to make it. And he ought to pay you millions for that appearance – you were such a good trooper!

    All the best to you!

  52. Sherry April 11, 2015 at 11:12 pm #

    Heh. Still here.

  53. ask April 30, 2015 at 9:36 pm #

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  54. Dan Poteete May 2, 2015 at 7:28 pm #


    I have met Teri on a couple of occasions. Of the many stars on my wall, she is my most cherished. She is wonderful, genuine and a joy to visit with. I have lost a great friend to MS, and two other friends are MS victims, including one of my employees. It’s a heartless affliction to the body and soul. Monetary things mean very little, the remaining days are precious indeed. Please let her know, millions love her, and she is still very vital in our lives. How she has touched all our lives in her performances. She shared with us her wit, talent and grace, and that is what counts.

  55. Barry May 29, 2015 at 2:38 am #

    With an article like that it may be the last time Teri gives out her new number. “Close to monosyllabic” doesn’t mean much. “Teri is retired, meaning there is no work” is just your theory as far as I could tell, and if she “sounds defeated” then it’s not true that “there is no reason to believe she feels sorry for herself.” The “there is no there there” part confused me because I don’t think you said where Teri lives.

  56. Kevin June 11, 2015 at 9:28 pm #

    just watched her on The TAMI Show as a back up dancer. So awesome.

  57. Ree June 18, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

    I am writing to ask if there is an address we can use to send mail to Teri – she is not forgotten.

  58. Jerry July 6, 2015 at 6:59 pm #

    Teri made the movie Young Frankenstein, period. Gene and the rest were awesome too. But Teri is the most beautiful woman who ever graced the silver screen. No one else compares. While Gene noted ” My God, what knockers”, it is her eyes that captivate. I don’t see how he remembered his lines after looking into her eyes…

    We miss you Teri! We would love to see you!

  59. JohnD August 5, 2015 at 1:37 am #

    Time is a thief. And life is a crap shoot… if all there is to life is what we have done in the past. For the party ends all too soon. And the memories can also haunt us when reality sets in. The reality of the daily struggles we now face.

    Even without the diseases, hips and knees need replacing, backs go bad, the medicine cabinet looks like a small pharmacy. You can’t do this, this, or that any longer. So what’s it all about?

    A past look? A short lived victory? Vanishing success? People’s pity?

    Or is there something more to it?

    1 John 2:2, and to activate it John 3:16. John 20:31, 1 John 5:13.

  60. mmurphy August 6, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

    While watching Close Encounters I had the urge to find out more about Ms. Garr and was led here. Thank you Mr. Cohen for your update on this lovely lady who has been dealt a very cruel blow. My husband has had progressive ms for over 20 years and is now losing the battle. All of our worst fears about this horrid disease have come true. I truly hope Ms.Garr has all the love and support in the world. She will surely need it.

  61. Deborah August 8, 2015 at 1:02 pm #

    The one thing I have found that helps my MS is Israel Dead Sea Spa Kibbutz. Even though heat bothers me, the Spa building is air conditioned and the sulfur bath, mud and floating in the sea salt makes my body quieted. I try and get there once a year and although the plane ride is extremely difficult to sit thru, the spa helps me so much.