Profile: Teri Polo
Full Name: Theresa Elizabeth Polo
Birth Date: June 1, 1969
Birth Place: Dover, Delaware, USA
Height: 5' 8"
Education: Dropped out of Dover High School at age 17 to move to NYC and pursue acting.
Husband: Tony Moore (1997 - present) She and her husband eloped in Las Vegas one day after becoming engaged in a Sears store.
Teri Polo Biography
After toiling for a decade in low-grade films and a host of TV shows, Teri Polo finally earned a helping of recognition, topped off with a dollop of critical appreciation, for her portrayal of Ben Stiller's would-be fianc?e in Jay Roach's 2000 autumn blockbuster Meet the Parents. The casting of Polo as the daughter of ?ber-WASP suburban gentry (Robert De Niro and Blythe Danner) capitalized on her Pepsident-blond, all-American looks, and the film's success effectively provided the actress with the exposure that would allow her to move beyond the confines of weeknight television spots.
The daughter of a stereo systems designer and a homemaker, Polo was born in Dover, DE, and raised there in the company of two older brothers. A ballet student from the age of five, she spent most of her childhood and adolescence in a dance studio, but after being rejected by a performing arts school at 17, Polo re-evaluated what she wanted to do with her life; her subsequent win in a Seventeen magazine modeling contest led to her decision to drop out of school and pursue an acting career in New York.
Roles on TV shows ranging from the ABC soap opera Loving to Northern Exposure followed, as did starring work as the object of Ethan Hawke's affections in the thankless comedy Mystery Date (1991). After moving to Los Angeles in 1995 to better pursue her career, Polo found more work on television, guest-starring on such shows as Felicity and Sports Night. With Meet the Parents in 2000, the actress' years of hard work seemed finally to have paid off, as she enjoyed mention in the national media and a crop of studio offers.
Teri Polo Filmography
Meet the Fockers (2004)--Pamela Martha Byrnes
"I'm with Her" (2003) TV Series--Alex Young (2003-)
Beyond Borders (2003)--Charlotte Jordan
Straight From the Heart (2003) (TV)--Jordan Donavan
Second String (2002) (TV)--Connie Heller
Domestic Disturbance (2001)--Susan
Unsaid, The (2001)--Barbara Wagner
Meet the Parents (2000)--Pamela Byrnes
Sugar Hill (1999) TV Series
Felicity (1999) TV Series--Maggie Sherwood
Sports Night (1999-2000) TV Series--Rebecca Wells
Brimstone (1998) TV Series--Ashur Badaktu/Sergeant Ashe
The Marriage Fool (1998) (TV)--Susan Prescott
A Father for Brittany (1998) (TV)--Kim Lussier
Van Helsing Chronicles (1997) (TV)--Helena Harker
House of Frankenstein 1997 (1997) (mini) TV Series--Grace Dawkins
A Prayer in the Dark (1997) (TV)--Janet Hayworth
Full Circle (1996) (TV)--Tana Roberts
The Arrival (1996)--Char
Golden Gate (1994)--Cynthia
Northern Exposure (1994-1995) TV Series--Michelle Schodowski Capra
Aspen Extreme (1993)--Robin Hand
The House of the Spirits (1993)--Rosa
Passed Away (1992)--Rachel Scanlan
Born to Ride (1991)--Beryl Ann
Mystery Date (1991)--Geena Matthews
People Like Us (1990) (TV)--Justine Altemus Slatkin
The Phantom of the Opera (1990/I) (TV)--Christine Daee
TV 101 (1988) TV Series--Amanda Hampton
Loving (1983) TV Series--Kristin Larsen
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