Who is Priscilla Barnes?
Priscilla is an American actress, probably best known for her role as Terri Alden in the television series “Three’s Company”, which she joined during its later seasons. She’s also appeared in various films and TV series, such as “The Devil’s Rejects” and “Jane the Virgin”, in addition to many other projects.
Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Priscilla Barnes was born on 7 December 1954, in Fort Dix, New Jersey, USA the third child among four siblings. Her father served as a major in the US Air Force, while her mother worked as a homemaker. Throughout her childhood, she experienced a nomadic life due to her family’s frequent relocations to different military bases across the US. Eventually, they settled in Lancaster, California. After graduating from Antelope Valley High School at the age of 17, Priscilla moved to San Diego, where she took on jobs as a waitress and dancer. Her passion for performing began at an early age when she joined a group of young starlets called the Vivacious Vixens, and held various titles during her early days, including Miss San Fernando Valley, Miss San Bernadino, Miss Redlands, and Miss Hollywood.
Priscilla Barnes embarked on her acting career in the mid-1970s, initially taking on minor roles in both television and film. In 1976, she appeared in the TV series “Cannon”, portraying Linda in the episode entitled “Bloodlines”. The following year, she featured in the film “Tintorera”, as the character Girl From Bar, and she also appeared in the film “Beyond Reason”, portrayed the character Leslie Valentine.
Priscilla Barnes’ career took a marvelous turn in 1978, as she landed significant roles in various projects. She starred as Sylvia in the film “The Seniors” and took on the main role of Rebecca Tomkins in the TV series “The American Girls”, appearing in 11 episodes. Her talent also shone through in the TV film “The Time Machine”, in which she played Weena. Additionally, she showcased her acting abilities portraying Denise in another TV film, “A Vacation in Hell”.
Rise to Stardom, Success as Terri Alden
After a few minor roles at the beginning of the 1980s, Priscilla Barnes’ dedication and hard work finally paid off, when she was selected to portray Terri Alden in the popular TV series “Three’s Company”. The show ran from 1977 to 1984, with Priscilla joining as a regular cast member for 72 episodes, and was a comedic sitcom centered around three roommates living in a Santa Monica apartment. The main characters and stars included Jack Tripper, played by John Ritter, Janet Wood by Joyce DeWitt, and Chrissy Snow by Suzanne Somers. The series followed their humorous misadventures and misunderstandings, often revolving around Jack’s need to pretend to be gay to live with two female roommates without raising eyebrows. Priscilla Barnes’ Terri Alden was a nurse and aspiring singer, who became the new roommate after Suzanne Somers’ departure from the show.
Barnes remained active in the entertainment industry throughout the 1980s, taking on various projects in addition to her role in “Three’s Company”. In 1982, she appeared in the TV series “The Love Boat” as Britta Sorenson in the episodes entitled “Getting to Know You: Parts 1 & 2”. She also starred in the TV film “The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch” as Maggie McCulloch.
Continuing her involvement with “The Love Boat”, she returned in 1985 as Helga Bjorsson in the episodes “Mr. Smith Goes to Stockholm: Parts 1 & 2”. Priscilla also demonstrated her acting prowess in an episode of “Murder, She Wrote” in 1985, in which she played Vicky Gallegos in the episode “Dead Heat”. In 1986, she took on the role of Maryanne Thompson in “Blacke’s Magic” in the episode “The Revenge of the Esperanza”.
Her versatility extended to the big screen as well, as she appeared in the James Bond film “Licence to Kill” in 1989, portraying Della Churchill Leiter, with Timothy Dalton as Agent 007.
In the 1990s, Priscilla Barnes continued to showcase her talent on the screen. In 1992, she appeared in “Stepfather III” alongside leading actor Robert Wightman. The film revolves around a deranged serial killer who takes on new identities to marry into different families, only to terrorize them later. In “Talons of the Eagle” (1992), she shared the screen with martial arts legend Billy Blanks, and the movie follows two cops who must put aside their differences to stop a crime syndicate.
In 1994, in the anthology film “Erotique”, she acted in the segment entitled “Taboo Parlor”. Priscilla also starred in “The Crossing Guard” (1995) alongside Jack Nicholson, a drama in which a man confronts a drunk driver who killed his daughter. The same year, she appeared in “Mallrats” alongside a cast including Shannen Doherty and Jason Lee, in a comedy film about two friends trying to win back their girlfriends at a shopping mall.
Wrapping up the decade, she acted in “Mumford” (1999) alongside a stellar cast that included Loren Dean and Hope Davis, in a comedy-drama in which a therapist arrives in a small town and has an impact on its residents.
Priscilla Barnes continued her career with notable film roles in the new millennium. In 2002, she appeared as Stephanie in “The Backlot Murders”, a horror-comedy film revolving around a group of actors being killed off one by one on a movie studio backlot. In 2005, she starred in Rob Zombie’s horror film “The Devil’s Rejects” as Gloria Sullivan – the movie follows a sadistic family of killers on the run from the law. The same year, she played Roxy Free in “Sex Sells: The Making of Touché”, a mockumentary-style film that satirizes the adult film industry. In 2006, she acted in “The Visitation” as Dee Henchle, a thriller centered around mysterious events in a small town.
After a period of slowing down with notable projects, Priscilla Barnes made a noteworthy return to the screen in 2014, with a recurring role in the popular, critically acclaimed TV series “Jane the Virgin“, portrayed Magda Andel in the comedic telenovela-inspired series that follows the life of Jane Villanueva, played by Gina Rodriguez, a young woman who becomes pregnant through a medical error, despite being a virgin.
To speak further of her accomplishments, Priscilla appeared in the TV series “Extraction” (2020), while in 2022, she was the main star of the short thriller film “Un Plan Simple”, co-starring Ted Monte and Tim Abell.
According to authoritative sources, Priscilla Barnes’s net worth is estimated at close to $1.5 million, as of mid-2023.
Personal Life, Married, Husband
Priscilla Barnes has been married to Ted Monte, also an actor, since 2003; the couple doesn’t have children – they’ve lived in Glendale, California, USA, since 2012, when they bought a house there.
Appearance and Body Measurements
Priscilla Barnes has blonde hair and blue eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 7ins(1.7m), weighs approximately 125lbs (57kgs). with vital statistics of 35-22-35, bra size 40B.