Priscilla Barnes

Priscilla Barnes


12/7/1955, Fort Dix, New Jersey, USA

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Also Known As

'Cilla, Cilla, PB
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Began dancing as a preteen in a group of young starlets known as the Vivacious Vixens. She has starred in a number of roles. She is most commonly known for her role as Terri Alden on "Three's Company" during the early 1980s with Joyce DeWitt, John Ritter, Don Knotts and Richard Kline.more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • From what is known, she did not totally enjoy the time she spent on Three's Company.

    • Unlike her co-star, Joyce DeWitt, Priscilla did continue acting after Three's Company.

    • Unlike her co-star, Joyce DeWitt, Priscilla did continue acting after Three's Company.

    • As a child, Priscilla moved from city to city and constantly changing schools. Her brother and sister kept straight As while she kept Bs

    • The producers of Three's Company didn't give Priscilla the role of Cindy because they thought she was too old for the part.

    • She appeared in Penthouse in March of 1976 under the alias of Joan Witty. Later, she had to sue the magazine because they used her real name.

    • She auditioned for the part of Cindy Snow on Three's Company. Jenilee Harrison got the part although Priscilla later won the role as Terri Alden.

    • Even though she hated her Three's Company years, she did become lifelong friends with castmate Joyce DeWitt.

    • Her original dream was to be a dancer. That all changed when she broke her leg dancing on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl. She had to take odd jobs to continue her work, and met Peter Falk, who helped her begin her as an actress. He arranged for her first role on TV.

    • Priscilla's father was an Air Force career officer.

    • She has been married to Ted Monte since 2003.

    • She is 5'7".

    • Priscilla says her years on Three's Company were the unhappiest of her career of acting. She didn't like the atmosphere backstage from all the troubles before her with Suzanne Somers. She was going to quit but the producers convinced her to stay.

    • Priscilla was cast as the role of the sheriff in She's the Sheriff. However, before the production began, she was let go and her replacement was Suzanne Somers, the former star on Three's Company.

    • Priscilla was the first runner up for the Miss California Beauty Pageant.

    • She had the titles of Miss San Fernando Valley, Miss San Bernadino, Miss Redlands and Miss Hollywood.

    • After she met Bob Hope in 1975, he hired Priscilla to entertain troops at military bases with him.

    • Priscilla began dancing when she was 12 in a group called Vivacious Vixens.

  • Quotes

    • Priscilla: (when asked about her childhood) I was the black sheep, so I became very dramatic.

    • Priscilla: (about being cast as Terri Alden on Three's Company) I read for them, but they turned me down. They wanted someone younger. In Hollywood, you're over the hill when you are 25. They said my cheekbones made me appear too stylized, too high fashioned. And so they hired Jenilee Harrison.

    • Priscilla: The director kept saying to me, 'You have to do this CPR stuff to the letter, you have to be very specific about it'. I said, 'Okay, fine.' In March there was an article in the newspaper that this little nine-year-old girl had saved this guy's life. How did she save the guy's life? CPR. How did she learn CPR? She saw Terri Alden doing it on Three's Company. Isn't that something?

    • Priscilla: (On her role as Terri) She tries to say the right thing but it comes out the wrong thing, at the wrong time. She's a mess.

    • Priscilla: (On her role on Three's Company as Terri Alden) Terri has several sides to her personality. On the job, she's very straight, very competent, very professional. She changes after she comes home and takes off the uniform. She's compulsive, a little wacko.

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