Terri Garber

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Terri Garber
Born Terri Leslie Garber
(1960-12-28) December 28, 1960 (age 56)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1982-present
  • Chris Hager (1985-1989; divorced); 1 child
  • Frank Howson (2001-02; divorced)
  • William Roudebush (2013-present)

Terri Leslie Garber (born December 28, 1960,Miami) 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] It remains the seventh 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] 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] 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. Most recently, Garber 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.[8][9] She later won a 2013 Indie Soap Award for Best Guest Appearance in a Drama for the performance.[10]

In 2013, Garber played a therapist on the web series Old Dogs & New Tricks (Season 2, Episode 10: "Last Gasps").[11][12][13]

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 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 (born 1986).[1] That union ended in divorce in 1989. Her second marriage, to Frank Howson (2001-02), also ended in divorce. In 2013, Garber married director William Roudebush, her former high school drama teacher.[citation needed]

Garber and her sister Lisa Rubenstein began a business handmaking all-natural soap in various scents and styles, known as SistersAlchemy.[14]


  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. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ "Indie Series Awards History and Archive". Indie Series Awards. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Old Dogs & New Tricks: Season Two". ODNT.tv. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  12. ^ "OLD DOGS & NEW TRICKS Joins Hulu, Netflix". BroadwayWorld.com. December 20, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ http://www.sistersalchemy.com/

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