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Priscilla Anne Barnes
December 7, 1954
Fort Dix, New Jersey, U.S.
Priscilla Anne Barnes (born December 7, 1952) is an American actress, who may be best known in her role as Terri Alden on Three's Company, the permanent replacement for Suzanne Somers. She subsequently made appearances in films such as A Vacation in Hell, Licence to Kill, Mallrats, The Devil's Rejects, and the television series Jane the Virginand Highway To Heaven.
Barnes was born December 7, 1952 in Fort Dix, New Jersey, the third of four children of a father who was a major in the United States Air Force and her mother a homemaker. Her childhood was marked by a series of moves across various military bases in the United States before her family settled in Lancaster, California. After graduating from Antelope Valley High School at age 17, she relocated to San Diego, working as a waitress and a dancer.
Barnes' first break came when Bob Hope saw her in a local fashion show and invited her to join his troupe for a 1973 performance at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She subsequently moved to Los Angeles to attempt a career in show business in earnest. She appeared as an Amazon in The New Original Wonder Woman alongside Lynda Carter as the title character. Her second break came at 19 when she met Peter Falk at Pips. Six months later he gave her a one-line part in an episode of Columbo, which led to a series of bit parts in films like The Seniors (1978) and Delta Fox (1979).
While working as a hostess at a Hollywood nightclub, Barnes posed nude for the "Pet of the Month" photo layout in the March 1976 issue of Penthouse magazine under the pseudonym Joann Witty. Penthouse later wanted to republish the photos under Barnes' real name in 1982 after she had become famous in Three's Company. The dispute ended up in court, as Penthouse wanted a judge to rule on the legality of publishing the pictures using her real name. At issue was a handwritten addendum to the standard model release contract that all models sign. When Penthouse lost the initial case, they appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The appeal court mostly sided with Barnes and ruled that the handwritten addendum was legally binding and that Penthouse could not republish the photos using her real name.
In 1976, she began studying acting with coach Sal Dano, whose students included Tom Selleck, Robert Hays and Catherine Bach. In 1978, she starred in a TV series, The American Girls, which was canceled after seven weeks. Subsequent parts include the horror film Tintorera, and such television series as Starsky & Hutch, Kojak, The Rockford Files, The Love Boat, the 1978 TV version of The Time Machine and the 1979 television film A Vacation in Hell. In 1980, Barnes landed a supporting role in Sunday Lovers.
In 1981, Barnes was cast as Terri Alden on Three's Company after Jenilee Harrison served as interim replacement to Suzanne Somers, who had left the series as a result of contractual dispute with producers. The part, which is Barnes' most notable role, brought her instant public recognition.
In the 1998 TV program E! True Hollywood Story, Barnes called Three's Company the "three worst years" of her life. Barnes revealed that after shooting a couple of episodes of the show, she felt "uncomfortable" on the set and asked, unsuccessfully, to be released from her contract.
She remained friends with co-stars Joyce DeWitt and Richard Kline, with whom she made public appearances. Barnes was portrayed by actress Anne Ross in the 2003 television movie Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Three's Company.
In 1982, Barnes starred in Aaron Spelling's The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch. After Three's Company was cancelled by ABC in 1984, Barnes appeared in the 1989 James Bond film Licence to Kill as Della Churchill, the underwater sci-fi/action thriller Lords of the Deep (1989), Traxx (1988) with Shadoe Stevens, and in NBC's Perry Mason and the Case of the Reckless Romeo (1992), with Raymond Burr as Perry Mason. Her 1990s feature film appearances include Stepfather III (1992), Mallrats (1995), The Crossing Guard (1995), and Mumford (1999).
Her 2000s work includes The Devil's Rejects (2005), Thr3e (2006), The Visitation (2006), and American Cowslip (2009). In 2012, she co-starred as "Vicey Hatfield" in Hatfields and McCoys: Bad Blood. In 2013, she appeared in Disaster Wars: Earthquake vs Tsunami. Barnes appeared in a Hallmark Channel original movie called Elevator Girl, and appeared in 2014 in the recurring role of "Magda" on the CW series Jane the Virgin (2014).
|1977||Tintorera||Girl From Bar|
|1977||Beyond Reason||Leslie Valentine|
|1978||Texas Detour||Claudia Hunter|
|1980||The Last Married Couple in America||Helena Dryden|
|1980||Sunday Lovers||Donna||Segment: "Skippy"|
|1988||Traxx||Mayor Alexandra Cray|
|1989||Lords of the Deep||Dr. Claire McDowell|
|1989||Licence to Kill||Della Churchill Leiter|
|1992||Body Trouble||Vera Vin Rouge|
|1992||Stepfather III||Christine Davis|
|1992||Talons of the Eagle||Cassandra|
|1994||Erotique||Claire||Segment: "Taboo Parlor"|
|1994||May Jane||Sister Fong|
|1995||The Crossing Guard||Verna|
|1997||Catherine's Grove||Sally Willows|
|1998||The Killing Grounds||Della Desordo||Video|
|1998||Ava's Magical Adventure||Sarah|
|1998||Divorce: A Contemporary Western||Chris|
|1999||Hash Brown's||Lil Brown|
|2001||Final Payback||Sharon Moreno|
|2001||Alone with a Stranger||Claire Andrews|
|2002||The Backlot Murders||Stephanie||Video|
|2004||Unseen Evil 2||Sheila||Video|
|2005||The Devil's Rejects||Gloria Sullivan|
|2005||Heart of the Beholder||Miss Olivia|
|2005||Sex Sells: The Making of Touché||Roxy Free|
|2006||The Visitation||Dee Henchle|
|2007||Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield||Vera 'Momma' Mason||Video|
|2008||Trailer Park of Terror||Jean|
|2008||An American in China||Silvia Braddock|
|2010||First Dog||June Angell|
|2011||The A Plate||Candice Stevens|
|2012||Hatfields and McCoys: Bad Blood||Vicey Hatfield|
|2013||88 Miles to Moscow||Mom||Short film|
|2013||Disaster Wars: Earthquake vs. Tsunami||Vice President Taylor|
|2013||Fat Planet||Jill Strong|
|2014||Helen Alone||Mrs. Straub|
|2017||Jonny's Sweet Revenge||'Stonewall' Rosie Callahan|
|1977||The Rockford Files||Lauren Ingeborg||"The Mayor's Committee from Deer Lick Falls"|
|1978||The American Girls||Rebecca Tomkins||Main role (6 episodes)|
|1978||Starsky & Hutch||Lisa Kendrick||"Foxy Lady"|
|1978||Kojak||Sally Addison / Vicki Addison||"60 Miles to Hell"|
|1978||The Love Boat||Jeanette Arnold||1 episode|
|1978||The Time Machine||Weena||TV film|
|1979||A Vacation in Hell||Denise||TV film|
|1980||Taxi||Tawny||"Fantasy Borough: Part 2"|
|1980||Vega$||Pam / Satin||"Love Affair"|
|1981–1984||Three's Company||Terri Alden||Regular role (72 episodes)|
|1982||The Love Boat||Britta Sorenson||"Getting to Know You: Parts 1 & 2"|
|1982||The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch||Maggie McCulloch||TV film|
|1984||Hotel||Elayne Grayson||"Final Chapters"|
|1985||The Love Boat||Helga Bjorsson||"Mr. Smith Goes to Stockholm: Parts 1 & 2"|
|1985||Murder, She Wrote||Vicky Gallegos||"Dead Heat"|
|1986||Blacke's Magic||Maryanne Thompson||"The Revenge of the Esperanza"|
|1987||Hotel||Donna Shepherd||"Mixed Emotions"|
|1988||Perfect People||Amy||TV film|
|1989||Highway to Heaven||Mary Anders / Tawny Turner||"Summer Camp"|
|1991||The Letters from Moab||Lila||TV short|
|1992||Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo||Brenda Kingsley||TV film|
|1992||Stepfather III||Christine Davis||TV film|
|1994||Time Trax||Veronica Barclay||"Happy Valley"|
|1994||Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 Women||Crystal||TV film|
|1995||Burke's Law||Christy Winters||"Who Killed the Toy Maker?"|
|1995||Asian Connection: Old Flames||Frankie||TV film|
|1997||Total Security||Diane Richards||"One Wedding and a Funeral"|
|1997||Viper||Sheila Dunn||"Cold Warriors"|
|1998||The Cowboy and the Movie Star||Marlene Brighton||TV film|
|2000||The Invisible Man||Liz Morgan||"Liberty and Larceny"|
|2002||For the People||Patricia Franklin||"Pilot"|
|2002||She Spies||Warden Stoop||"Perilyzed"|
|2010||Elevator Girl||Elaine Schuster||TV film|
|2012||Low Lifes||Mary||TV film|
|2014–present||Jane the Virgin||Magda Andel||Recurring role (33 episodes)|
|2015||Break a Hip||Sabrina Klinefelter||"The Class"|
|2017||The Minutes Collection||Ms. Marshall||"Cory Comes to Christmas"|
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- Gritten, David (December 14, 1981). "The New Blonde". People. Vol. 16, No. 24.
- "Penthouse International, Ltd, a New York Corporation,plaintiff/appellant, v. Priscilla Barnes, Defendant/appellee, 792 F. 2d 943". United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. 1986. Retrieved February 23, 2010.
- E! True Hollywood Story: Three's Company. E!. 1998
- "Disaster Wars Tempts Fate and Goes Into Production Just in Time". TomCatFilmsllc.com. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
- Gans, Andrew (August 10, 2007). "Hillary Agonistes, with 'Three's Company' Star Barnes, Begins Performances Aug. 10". Playbill. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
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- "World Premiere for 'Shrink Rap'". MSN. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
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