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Three's Company

Priscilla Barnes

Terri Alden

Born in New Jersey, Barnes aspired to be a dancer, but a bad fall off a stage during a performance ended her career, so the former beauty queen turned to acting.

Barnes made her small screen debut in an episode of Columbo in 1973, and made numerous appearances on classic TV series including Cannon (1976), Starsky and Hutch (1978), Kojak (1978), and Taxi (1980). Barnes gained fame as Suzanne Somers' replacement on Three's Company, where her character (the level-headed, no-nonsense nurse Terri Alden) was the polar opposite of Somers' bubbly and buxom Chrissy Snow. Barnes joined the cast in 1981 and was there until the series ended in 1984.

After Three's Company, Barnes' career remained fairly steady, with regular TV and film roles including Licensed to Kill (1989), The Crossing Guard (1995), Mallrats (1995), Mumford (1999), and cult-film The Devil's Rejects (2005). Barnes is still actively working, and she has been married to actor Ted Monte since 2003.

Character Bio

When Cindy leaves the apartment for the UCLA campus, it's Terri who takes her place. In the beginning, she and Jack don't really get along due to an ER encounter when Terri (a nurse) was a little less than sympathetic to Jack. When she dons her nursing whites, Terri's all business. Efficient and thorough, she has no time for chit-chat, or flirtatious men, but when she lets her hair down at home or at the Regal Beagle, this striking blonde is proof that brains and beauty can easily co-exist. That's not to say she's not without her awkward moments when her mouth and brain get a little out of synch, and all that professional aplomb she conveys so easily at work suddenly flies right out the window.

Three's Company TV Schedule

Monday
July 6
9:00am
Ground Rules
Jack and Chrissy bust in on Janet and her date.
TV-PG
9:36am
Jack Looks for a Job
Jack signs up for a part-time, nude modeling gig.
TV-PG
10:12am
Janet's Promotion
Janet considers some cosmetic alteration to better her chances for advancement.
TV-PG
Tuesday
July 7
9:00am
Strange Bedfellows
While the girls are away, Jack throws a wild party.
TV-PG
9:36am
Chrissy's Date
Chrissy meets a new, "older" man at the supermarket.
TV-PG
10:12am
Alone Together
Jack and Chrissy spend a night alone in the apartment when Janet stays the night with Mrs. Roper.
TV-PG
Wednesday
July 8
9:00am
Roper's Car
Roper sells the trio his broken-down car, but then gets a better offer and tries to get it back.
TV-PG
9:36am
Cyrano de Tripper
Chrissy promises a dinner to her new man, a gourmet critic, but she can't even boil water.
TV-PG
10:12am
Chrissy's Night Out
Chrissy gets a little too friendly to an undercover detective during a girls' night out at the Funky Fox.
TV-PG