Happy Teri Garr Appreciation Day
December 11, 2016 12:31 PM   Subscribe

On the March 9, 1975 episode of The Cher Show, Cher, and her guests The Pointer Sisters, Teri Garr and Freddie Prinze perform a medley of songs from the big band/swing era.

For the last 3 years, I've used her birthday to celebrate International Teri Garr Appreciation Day, and now I Cher that tradition with you.
posted by MCMikeNamara (39 comments total) 44 users marked this as a favorite
 
Not that I continually profess it, but I imagine my affection for Teri Garr would read to my younger family members like my grandma saying, "Oh, that Van Heflin..."

Mitzvah post!
posted by rhizome at 12:44 PM on December 11, 2016 [9 favorites]


The thing a lot of people don't know is that tomorrow is the day Teri Garr celebrates MCMikeNamara appreciation day.

As do we all.
posted by phunniemee at 12:46 PM on December 11, 2016 [11 favorites]


I would like a hat like the ones the Pointer Sisters are wearing and I would never, ever take it off. I'd just jump around all the time.
posted by mochapickle at 12:49 PM on December 11, 2016 [7 favorites]


Once again the pre-MTV era standards for coordination between dancers amaze and fascinate.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 1:11 PM on December 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


I didn't know I needed that but I completely needed that. Thanks MCMikeNamara
posted by biggreenplant at 1:18 PM on December 11, 2016 [3 favorites]


Once again the pre-MTV era standards for coordination between dancers amaze and fascinate.

Analog dancing has a warmer, more natural feel compared to digital dance.
posted by Thorzdad at 1:24 PM on December 11, 2016 [32 favorites]


I remember reading that Teri Garr was on the shortlist of actresses considered for Kim Basinger's role in 9 1/2 Weeks. That would've been cool.
posted by jonmc at 1:30 PM on December 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


This year of all years you should know you can't put the name of a celebrity in an FPP title. You had me worried there for a minute.
posted by Captain l'escalier at 1:31 PM on December 11, 2016 [4 favorites]


It also says happy though? Like what was your thought process here.

"Happy Teri Garr--"
OH NO WHAT
"--Is Dead Day"

??
posted by phunniemee at 1:36 PM on December 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


Needs more Terri Garr ...
posted by oheso at 1:46 PM on December 11, 2016 [4 favorites]


I read her autobiography, "Speedbumps" couple years ago. It's really wonderful. But she mentions that very early in her career, she was one of the dancers in Elvis's "Viva Las Vegas". I forgot all about it, then last week I was watching "VLL" and dang, there she was, dancing away, always one of three or four dancers in a shot. (If only they'd KNOWN what they had). After that, she became a "familiar face" on a dozen or so commercials, some of which I remember very well. In any case, she's wonderful and I proudly give my support to Teri Garr appreciation day.
posted by Modest House at 1:53 PM on December 11, 2016 [3 favorites]


You aren't a real Teri Garr fan unless the words 'I mean, eight.percent.is.a.bitch' are meaningful to you.

And hairspray, lots of hairspray.
posted by googly at 1:58 PM on December 11, 2016 [3 favorites]


Remember that lovable 60's TV spinoff Teri Garr co-starred on?
posted by fairmettle at 2:09 PM on December 11, 2016 [10 favorites]


Needs more Terri Garr ...

I encourage anybody who feels this way to be the change they want to see in the world.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:12 PM on December 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


She is wonderful.
posted by tristeza at 2:15 PM on December 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Teenage me fell in love with her during Young Frankenstein, so to me she'll always be Inge. But I was supervised to learn she got her start as a dancer, which makes the whole MS thing seem extra unfair.
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 2:16 PM on December 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


What was it with the person in charge of the "APPLAUSE" sign on every variety show during the 1970's... why did they always wait 7-10 seconds into the opening of a song before activating the sign?

Other than that... every day is Teri Garr appreciation day. She was always one of my favorite guests on Letterman.
posted by not_on_display at 2:43 PM on December 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


I had no idea she had MS. Here she is on Letterman.
posted by salishsea at 3:00 PM on December 11, 2016 [4 favorites]


AFAIK Teri Garr is living a fairly isolated life as she lives with MS and the results of a stroke. She sometimes resurfaces, but she's mostly out of the spotlight.

Teri Garr's appearances on David Letterman were always hilarious, but one of the most touching things I've seen on television is when she went on the show in 2008 following her aneurysm.
posted by My Dad at 3:02 PM on December 11, 2016 [13 favorites]


Always loved her. I think the best piece of casting I ever saw on TV was Teri Garr as Lisa Kudrow's mother on Friends. Perfectly matched kookiness and pathos. Brilliant.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 3:23 PM on December 11, 2016 [9 favorites]


Ghost World.
posted by rhizome at 3:31 PM on December 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Teri Garr's appearances on David Letterman were always hilarious, but one of the most touching things I've seen on television is when she went on the show in 2008 following her aneurysm.

This is fantastic. She is a treasure, and I'm totally stealing her MF bit.
posted by mochapickle at 4:15 PM on December 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


On the March 9, 1975 episode yt of The Cher Show, Cher, and her guests The Pointer Sisters, Teri Garr and Freddie Prinze perform a medley of songs from the big band/swing era.

... which - if you want to feel old - came to a close less than three decades before 1975; whereas 1975 is now more than four decades gone. Swing music was was more recent when they were taping The Cher Show than The Cher Show is today.
posted by koeselitz at 4:25 PM on December 11, 2016 [15 favorites]


Heh, my brother and I like to comment on stuff like that, like how Nirvana was closer to The Beatles than to now.
posted by rhizome at 4:52 PM on December 11, 2016 [6 favorites]


Xkcd as well.
Great post. Made my morning.
posted by lazycomputerkids at 4:59 PM on December 11, 2016


Teri Garr in Tootsie is EVERYThing. She is perfect.
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 5:05 PM on December 11, 2016 [9 favorites]


March 9, 1975

My 13th birthday.
posted by davebush at 5:24 PM on December 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


this post is proof that "Cher-ing is caring."
posted by vespabelle at 6:29 PM on December 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


Don't forget Mr. Mom.
posted by Chrysostom at 7:10 PM on December 11, 2016 [6 favorites]


Think I'll watch "Tootsie" tonight, I've never really seen it as an adult. (FanFare)
posted by rhizome at 7:42 PM on December 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


No Teri Garr Appreciation Day is complete without something from her performance in One From The Heart. It's a... problematic film, but ye gods -- Teri is in prime form in it.
posted by Capt. Renault at 9:05 PM on December 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


Rhizome, I wish I could say the same, and get the joy of essentially discovering for the first time one of the most perfect films ever.
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 2:07 AM on December 12, 2016 [3 favorites]


Aw, Freddie Prinze.

I miss variety shows. Don't tell anybody.

Teri Garr I miss you too.
posted by allthinky at 5:22 AM on December 12, 2016


She gets overshadowed by Richard Dryfuss and the general awesomeness of the film, but Garr is brilliant in Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.
posted by vibrotronica at 8:37 AM on December 12, 2016 [4 favorites]


I caught part of Close Encounters on TV recently, seeing it for the first time in years, and it was so striking how much I identified with the Dreyfuss character as a youngster and how much more sympathetic I found Garr's character as an actual grown up.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:06 AM on December 12, 2016 [4 favorites]


(though I'm still a grown up who shapes his mashed potatoes into Devil's Tower whenever given the opportunity)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:19 PM on December 12, 2016 [3 favorites]


I love this so much.
posted by SisterHavana at 4:20 PM on December 12, 2016 [1 favorite]






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