Saturday, November 20, 2010

Priscilla Barnes who played Terri in Three's Company

Priscilla Barnes was born in 1955.  Being an Air Force brat, she was born in Fort Dix, New Jersey.  Her most famous role was Terri on the 80's TV show "Three's Company" co-starring John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt.  The show began in 1976, but Suzanne Somers filled the spot on the show by playing Chrissy Snow.  When Somers left, Barnes took her place as new roommate Terri Alden.  Ironically, Suzanne Somers took over Priscilla's spot on a show that she piloted called "She's The Sheriff".

Priscilla Barnes as "Terri" on "Three's Company"
"Three's Company" cast members Priscilla Barnes(Terri), John Ritter(Jack), and Joyce DeWitt(Janet)

Priscilla Barnes

Priscilla began her acting career in 1975 by appearing in an episode of "Columbo" also ironically, as a  nurse.  When she joined the "Three's Company" cast, in addition to being the new roommate she was also a nurse.  In 1976, she took acting lessons from coaching great Sal Dano who also taught Tom Sellick, Joe Lara, Catherine Bach of "Dukes of Hazzard" fame, Robert Hays, and Timothy Patrick.  This was the same time that "Three's Company" was just getting underway.

Priscilla Barnes certainly did not lack sex appeal

Barnes went on to appear in many TV shows and movies including "Cannon" with William Conrad (1976); "Beyond Reason" starring Telly Savalas, Diana Muldaur and Marvin Laird (1977); "The Rockford Files" starring James Garner, Noah Beery Jr. and Joe Santos (1977); "Starsky and Hutch" starring David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser and Bernie Hamilton (1978); "Kojak" starring Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer and Kevin Dobson (1978); "Texas Detour" (1978); "A Vacation in Hell" co-starring Barbara Feldon, Maureen McCormick, and Andrea Marcovicci (1979);"The Last Married Couple in America" co-starring George Segal, Natalie Wood, Valerie Harper, and Richard Benjamin (1980); "Taxi" starring Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Tony Danza, Danny DeVito, and Christopher Lloyd (1980);  "Sunday Lovers" Roger Moore, Lino Ventura and Ugo Tognazzi (1980); "Vega$" starring Robert Urich, Bart Braverman and Phyllis Davis (1980); "Scruples" co-starring Jessica Biscardi, Sean Allan (1981); "The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch" co-starring Lee Horsley, Pamela Bellwood, Phyllis Davis, Jeanette Nolan, Morgan Brittany, Donny Osmond, Lisa Whelchel, Joan Collins, Howard Duff, and Susan Kellermann (1982).  

It was in 1980 that she took on the role of Terri in "Three's Company" and participated in 72 episodes until 1984.  She co-starred with John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt who played her roommates. During this time she also appeared in 5 episodes of "The Love Boat" starring Gavin MacLeod, Lauren Tewes, Bernie Kopell, Fred Grandy, Jill Whelan, and Ted Lange.

"Three's Company" cast members from top to bottom: Priscilla Barnes, John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt

After "Three's Company", she appeared in many TV shows and movies such as "Murder, She Wrote", "Blacke's Magic" starring Hal Linden, R.J. Adams and Harry Morgan, "Hotel" starring James Brolin, Connie Sellecca, and Shari Belafonte (2 episodes, 1984-87); "Perfect People" co-starring Lauren Hutton, Perry King, Rob Estes, June Lockhart, Karen Valentine, Ronnie Schell, and Darcy DeMoss (1988); "Lords of the Deep" starring Bradford Dillman, Daryl Haney, and John Lafayette (1989); and she even played a bond girl in "License to Kill" in 1989 co-starring Timothy Dalton, Robert Davi, Talisa Soto and Carey Lowell.  She continued on with "Highway to Heaven" starring Michael Landon, Victor French and James Troesh (1989), "Body Trouble" starring Dick Van Patten, James Hong, and Frank Gorshin (1992); "Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo" (1992), "Stepfather III" co-starring Robert Wightman, Season Hubley, and Christa Miller (1992);  "Talons of the Eagle" (1992), "Dark Justice" starring Clayton Prince, Dick O'Neill, Janet Gunn, and Bruce Abbott (1992); "Witch Academy" (1993), "Erotique" co-starring Kamala Lopez, Bryan Cranston, Michelle Clunie, and Liane Curtis (1994); "Attack of the 5 ft. 2 Women" co-starring Julie Brown (1994); "Cops n Roberts" co-starring Don Calfa, Peter Falk, Leann Hunley, Arlene Golonka, and Herb Edelman (1995); "Burke's Law" starring Gene Barry, Peter Barton and Dom DeLuise (1995); "The Crossing Guard" co-starring Jack Nicholson, David Morse, Robin Wright, Anjelica Huston, Piper Laurie, and Kari Wuhrer (1995); "Mallrats" co-starring Shannen Doherty, Jeremy London, Jason Lee, Claire Forlani, Ben Affleck, and Renée Humphrey (1995); "Viper" starring Joe Nipote, Heather Medway, Jeff Kaake, and Dawn Stern (1997); "Divorce: A Contemporary Western" co-starring Elias Koteas, Christopher McDonald, Terry Kiser, Wendie Malick, Denise Crosby, and Talia Shire (1998); "The Cowboy and the Movie Star" co-starring Sean Young, Perry King, David Groh, and Steve Kanaly (1998); "The Killing Grounds" co-starring Courtney Gains, Cynthia Geary, and Anthony Michael Hall (1998); "Hash Brown's" co-starring Christopher Boyer, Ruth Livier, and Yareli Arizmendi (1999); "Implicated" co-starring William McNamara, Amy Locane and Frederic Forrest (1999); "Mumford" co-starring Loren Dean, Hope Davis, Alfre Woodard, Jason Lee, Mary McDonnell, Zooey Deschanel, Martin Short, Jane Adams, Kevin Tighe, Ted Danson, Jason Ritter, and Elisabeth Moss (1999); and "Snoops" starring Gina Gershon, Danny Nucci, Paula Jai Parker, and Paula Marshall (1999).

In the new millennium Barnes starred in shows and films such as "Alone with a Stranger" co-starring William R. Moses, Barbara Niven, Nia Peeples, Lorielle New, and Ellen Dubin (2000); "The Invisible Man" (2000); "Any Day Now" starring Annie Potts, Lorraine Toussaint and Mae Middleton (2001); "Final Payback" co-starring Richard Grieco, Martin Kove, Laura Harring, Corbin Bernsen, John Saxon, and Sherrie Rose (2001); "The Back Lot Murders" co-starring Corey Haim, Charles Fleischer, Brian Gaskill, Carrie Stevens, and Tom Hallick (2002); "For the People" starring Lea Thompson, Frank Grillo and A Martinez (2002); "She Spies" co-starring Natasha Henstridge, Kristen Miller and Natashia Williams (2002); "Shrink Rap" (2003); "Unseen Evil 2" aka "Alien 3000" co-starring Lorenzo Lamas, Scott Schwartz, Corbin Timbrook, and Megan Molloy (2004);"Heart of the Beholder" (2005); "Sex Sells: The Making of 'Touché'" co-starring Mark DeCarlo, Eva Frajko, Alexa Jago, Lisa Jay, and Jay Michael Ferguson (2005); "The Devil's Rejects" co-starring Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie and Bill Moseley (2005); "The Visitation" co-starring Martin Donovan, Edward Furlong and Kelly Lynch (2006); "Thr3e" co-starring Marc Blucas, Justine Waddell and Laura Jordan (2006); "Trailer Park of Terror" Nichole Hiltz, Trace Adkins, Stefanie Black, and Jeanette Brox (2008); "An American in China" (2008), "Tom Cool" co-starring Mila Kunis, Nicki Aycox, Dian Bachar, and Emmanuelle Chriqui (2009); "American Cowslip" co-starring Ronnie Gene Blevins, Diane Ladd, Cloris Leachman, Peter Falk, Bruce Dern, Val Kilmer, Rip Torn, and Hanna Hall (2009); "Elevator Girl" co-starring Lacey Chabert, Ryan Merriman, Joey King, Patty McCormack, Hedy Burress, Allison McAtee, and Suzan Brittan (2010); and "Kid Racer" co-starring Randy Shelly, Isabella Astor, Justin Marco, Katie Locke O'Brien, and Laura Avey   (2010).

Priscilla Barnes in 2006

We'll be see more of Priscilla in years to come as she has productions in the works for 2011 including "The A Plate" and "Stingy Jack".

Recent photo of Priscilla Barnes and Joyce DeWitt

Priscilla Barnes today


  1. Yikes!!!! Why would a woman her age have such a significant breast enlargement? She looked way better pre-plastic surgery. Nevermind the trashy look she seems to have adopted. She used to be classy when she was dating Joel Schur. What the hell happened???

  2. boobs rock....that's why

  3. Yet another pretty woman who destroys herself with plastic surgery. Don't any of these women realize that having a mouth that looks like the Joker from Batman is not a good look? She looks scary now. Scary and sad.

  4. Grandmas with big boobs just aren't hot.

    1. Actually, I think grandmas with natural big boobs that look like they belong to a 21 year old are a Huge turn on. Not sure if *Priscilla's* are natural, but I've definitely seen my share of hot & busty grandmas. Yes. They're out there & they can easily compete with their 20-something counterparts.

  5. This Lady looks fantastic, I can only imagine what your girlfriends or wives may look like, silly matronly more than likely. Those big breasts or hers I'm quite sure display amazingly when showcased in a much nicer dress. Sexy then, mad sexy now!

  6. She is absolutely hot for her age!

    1. Give me a break. There isn't one part of her body that a plastic surgeon hasn't touched. If she was really "hot," she'd melt.

  7. I am the one who added to the imdb database her first role as "nurse" in the columbo episodes. I happened to be watching a columbo episode on dvd when I saw her walking down a hallway, exchanging a line or two with the columbo character, then continue on her way.

    I thought she looked kind of familiar, but I couldnt place her. After the episode was over, I looked at the end credits to see who she was, but she wasnt listed. So I went back to that scene and watched it several times over until it hit me that she was priscilla barnes of threes company.

    I went to imdb and they didnt have that credit listed under her name. So I sent an update to imdb and they listed. I felt kind of funny listing her role as "nurse" because her scene takes place in the hallway of a scientific research laboratory. Not a hospital building. Not a doctors office. I had no idea what to list her role as, but since she was wearing a nurses uniform in her scene, I listed her as "nurse".

    By the way, you neglect to mention that she has been married since 2003 to some unknown actor named Ted Monte.

    Interesting thing about her career. Before threes company, she was doing nude scenes in movies and magazine layouts. Then when she got hired to do threes company, all those nude scenes came to an end. When penthouse reprinted some of her nude pics, she threatened to sue. Then threes company came to an end. She got dumped by her wealthy real estatw live in boyfriend, and she went back to doing nude scenes.

  8. before "three’s company" she was the other half of a pair of investigative reporters on "the american girls" which ran for a season on cbs. i’ve always thought she was good-looking and sexy but never plunging to the depths of crass and vulgarity that tanya roberts got herself into

  9. No offense, but when the reruns come on, if they DON'T have SUZANNE SOMERS in them, I don't watch. Priscilla and Jenna Lee Harrison did very good, BUT, the show lost something when it lost Suzanne! They SHOULD have paid what she wanted, NOT made an example of her by firing, so that women wouldn't want huge salaries they deserved too, like the get NOW!

  10. You've confused coincidence with irony. There's nothing ironic about her playing a nurse on two different shows, or Suzanne Sommers taking over the role she previously held. Those are coincidences.