Terri Garber

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Terri Garber
Terri Leslie Garber

(1960-12-28) December 28, 1960 (age 62)
Occupation(s)Actress, entrepreneur
Years active1982-present
Known for
Chris Hager
(m. 1985; div. 1989)
(m. 2001; div. 2002)
William Roudebush
(m. 2013)

Terri Leslie Garber (born December 28, 1960) is an American actress and entrepreneur.


Garber's acting debut was as Allison Linden on the daytime soap opera Texas in 1982.[1] Her first feature film role in the 1984 action film Toy Soldiers.

Garber's breakout role was wicked Southern belle Ashton Main in the 1985 ABC miniseries North and South, based on the 1982 novel of the same name by John Jakes.[2] As of 2002, it was still ranked among the ten highest rated miniseries in TV history.[3][4][5] Garber reprised the role for the 1986 sequel miniseries, North and South: Book II,[6] as well as for the 1994 final installment, Heaven and Hell: North and South Book III.[7] In 1987, she described Ashton:

[Ashton was] the meanest of the mean, but she did it all with a smile so you couldn't really hate her. She was fun. She slept with seven West Point men, one after another, and was in on a plot to assassinate Jefferson Davis. People still come up to me in airports and comment on that, laughing—about the West Pointers, not about trying to kill Davis.[1]

Garber portrayed the role of Leslie Carrington on the primetime soap Dynasty from 1987–88.[1][8] She appeared alone on the cover of TV Guide for the September 5, 1987 issue (#1797), which included an interview with her.[1] After Dynasty, Garber made guest appearances in various series including Quantum Leap, Murder She Wrote, and Midnight Caller, and appeared in the Australian film Beyond My Reach (1990). In the 1990s, she landed roles in two daytime soap operas: Suzanne Collier on Santa Barbara from 1991–92 and Victoria Parker on General Hospital in 1993. Garber later portrayed the recurring role of Iris Dumbrowski on the daytime soap opera As the World Turns in 2005, returning from November 2006-10.[citation needed]

In 2012, Garber appeared as Elizabeth Archer in the series finale of the teen drama web series Miss Behave.[9][10] She later won a 2013 Indie Soap Award for Best Guest Appearance in a Drama for the performance.[11]

In 2013, Garber played a therapist on the web series Old Dogs & New Tricks (Season 2, Episode 10: "Last Gasps").[12][13][14]

Personal life[edit]

Garber grew up in Miami, the youngest of three children of a lawyer father and a cooking-school owner mother.[1] She did some modeling from ages 4 to 13, and always wanted to be a performer.[1] Garber told TV Guide in 1987 that she chose acting over singing because "I was too nervous to sing in front of people—it meant showing more of myself than acting. If you're on stage singing and people don't like it, that's too much rejection."[1] She later moved to New York, where her casual drug use became what she called "a huge problem". She overcame the addiction before being cast in North and South.[1]

Garber met her first husband, screenwriter Christopher "Chris" Hager, when he was working as a grip on the set of North and South: Book II in 1985. She and Hager are the parents of actress and singer Molly E. Hager (b. 1986).[1] That union ended in divorce in 1989. Her second marriage, to Frank Michael Howson (July 21, 2001 – June 24, 2002), also ended in divorce. In 2013, Garber married director William Roudebush, her former high school drama teacher that she had once been engaged to when she was age 17.[citation needed]

Garber and her sister Lisa Garber Rubenstein began a business handmaking all-natural soap in various scents and styles, known as SistersAlchemy.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Toy Soldiers Amy film debut
1985 Key Exchange Amy
1990 Beyond My Reach Terri Neilson
1998 Slappy and the Stinkers Mrs. Witzowitz
2001 Thank You, Good Night Sultry Older Woman
2005 Adam and Eve Eve's Mom
2010 Perhaps Tomorrow Annie Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Texas Allison Linden Episode: "#1.612"
1983 Mr. Smith Dr. Judy Tyson Series regular; 13 episodes
Lone Star Deputy Cissy Wells Television movie
1984 No Man's Land Brianne Wilder Television movie
1985 North and South Book I Ashton Main Television miniseries
1986 North and South Book II
1987–1988 Dynasty Leslie Carrington Series regular; 36 episodes
1988 The Twilight Zone Debra Brockman Episode: "Our Selena Is Dying"
1989 Quantum Leap Teresa Pacci Episode: "Double Identity"
Murder, She Wrote Loretta Lee Episode: "Three Strikes, You're Out"
My Two Dads Karen Martin 2 episodes
Matlock Valerie Walsh Episode: "The Fugitive"
1990 Sporting Chance Hoop Tracy Television movie
Jake and the Fatman Casey Quinn Episode: "Night and Day"
Shades of LA Julie Episode: "Big Brother Is Watching"
1991 Midnight Caller Kate Killian Episode: "The Loneliest Number"
1991–1992 Santa Barbara Suzanne Collier Series regular
1993 Raven Jennifer Episode: "Bloody Beach"
General Hospital Victoria Parker 7 episodes
1994 North and South Book III Ashton Main Television miniseries (3 episodes)
1995 Bless This House Mrs. Rasmussen Episode: "Neither a Borrower Nor a Landlord Be"
1996 Renegade Lisa Corcoran Episode: "The Road Not Taken"
Charlie Grace Ruby O'Conner Episode: "Steal One for the Gipper"
1999 7th Heaven Dr. Nancy Burns Episode: "Forget Me Not"
2001 ER Dr. Alexander Episode: "Survival of the Fittest"
Judging Amy Toni Eggers Episode: "Look Closer"
Family Law 40-Year-Old Woman Episode: "Sex, Lies, and Internet"
2004 Cold Case Abbey Lake Episode: "Late Returns"
2005–2010 As the World Turns Iris Dumbrowski Series regular
2006 Law & Order Mrs. Carroll Episode: "In Vino Veritas"
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Mrs. Becker Episode: "Inhumane Society"
2012 Miss Behave Elizabeth Archer Web series/Episode: "Goodbye, for Now: Part 3"
Indie Series Award for Best Guest Appearance (Drama)
2013 Old Dogs & New Tricks Dr. Leslie Ashley Episode: "Last Gasps"
2014 SnakeHead Swamp Carley Television movie


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The Fall and Rise of Terri Garber". TV Guide (1797). September 5, 1987.
  2. ^ Leonard, John (November 4, 1985). Slavs, Slaves, and Shoulders (Review: North and South). New York. pp. 58–61. Retrieved January 7, 2010.
  3. ^ Bennett, Mark (August 11, 2007). "John Jakes' journey to New York Times bestseller list included boyhood years in Terre Haute". Tribune-Star. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  4. ^ Thompson, Bill (March 18, 2002). "Bestselling novelist penning saga of fictional Charleston family". The Post and Courier. Excerpted at DePauw.edu. Retrieved January 7, 2010.
  5. ^ Jones, Mary Ellen (November 30, 1996). "The People's Author: The Life of John Jakes". John Jakes: A Critical Companion. Greenwood Press. p. 3. ISBN 0-313-29530-1. Retrieved January 7, 2010.
  6. ^ Leonard, John (May 5, 1986). The Blue, The Gray, and the Déshabille (Review: North and South: Book II). New York. p. 85. Retrieved January 7, 2010.
  7. ^ O'Connell, Patricia (February 25, 1994). "Review: John Jakes' Heaven and Hell: North and South Part 3". Variety. Retrieved January 7, 2010.
  8. ^ Zuckerman, Faye (January 7, 1987). "Ranching focus of show". The Gadsden Times. Retrieved December 4, 2017 – via news.google.com.
  9. ^ Mulcahy Jr., Kevin (March 29, 2012). "Terri Garber Signs On For Three-Part MISS BEHAVE Finale; Leads Cast Of Spin-Off". We Love Soaps. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  10. ^ Giddens, Jamey (March 30, 2012). "Soap and Miniseries Vet Terri Garber to Star in Miss Behave Spin-Off Reign". Daytime Confidential. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  11. ^ "Indie Series Awards History and Archive". Indie Series Awards. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  12. ^ "Old Dogs & New Tricks: Season Two". ODNT.tv. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  13. ^ "OLD DOGS & NEW TRICKS Joins Hulu, Netflix". BroadwayWorld.com. December 20, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  14. ^ Hernandez, Greg (April 10, 2013). "Michael Kearns and Ian Buchanan guest star on this week's episode of Old Dogs & New Tricks". greginhollywood.com. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  15. ^ "SistersAlchemy". Archived from the original on March 1, 2017.

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