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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

Tuesday
September 8
9:00am
Bob and Carol and Larry and Terri
Terri and Larry have to set things straight when a bit of gossip gets so distorted that it leads Bob and Carol to consider divorce.
TV-PG
9:36am
Going to Pot
Jack wants to catch a crooked building inspector who's looking for a bribe.
TV-PG
Wednesday
September 9
9:00am
Star Struck
A soap star with a reputation as a womanizer proposes to Terri on their first date.
TV-PG
9:36am
Jack Goes the Distance
Defending Furley from a bully at the Regal Beagle, Jack agrees to settle things in the ring.
TV-PG
Thursday
September 10
9:00am
Jack's Double Date
Jack bets his roommates that he can quit women for a week.
TV-PG
9:36am
Janet's Little Helper
Janet's teaching Furley's shy nephew how to be a gentleman with the ladies, but Jack and Terri think she's robbing the cradle.
TV-PG