Theresa Lee Farrell was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Kay Bendickson and Edwin Farrell Jr. She and her older sister, Christine, enjoyed a normal family life until her parents divorced when Terry was very young. Kay was awarded custody of the children and she eventually married David…more
Terry had acting coach,Ivana Chubbuck, assist her when developing her DS9 character Dax.
Terry was a guest headliner for the Starfury Invasion Convention in England on May, 2011.
Terry has one child, her sone Max.
Terry is associated with the No H8 Campaign. It is a photography project going against California Proposition 8.
Terry is a registered yoga teacher.
Terry used to be a smoker during her early days with Deep Space Nine but has since quit.
Terry attended Creation's Official 45th Anniversary Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas on August 2011.
The unique Trill pattern that Terry wore for Deep Space Nine, was designed by Michael Westmore.
Terry is a big fan of the Hubble Space Telescope and it's mission.
Terry studied modeling under Kate McGregor Stewart.
As a model in the early 1980s, she only used the name "Farrell" rather than her full name.
Eary in her acting career, fans would mistake her for Brooke Shields. She's had to explain to more than a few people that she was the girl from "Paper Dolls", not Brooke.
She appeared in the PC video game "Treasure Quest". In the game, she plays the role of the guide who helps the player work their way through a network of clues to find a treasure worth $1,000,000.
An asteroid discovered in 2001 was named for Terry by its discoverer, William Kwong Yu Yeung. It's called "26734 Terryfarrell"
One of her pasttimes is deep-sea fishing. On her first outing she caught 2 five-foot long wahoos.
Her voice-over credits include the Star Trek video games Deep Space Nine: The Fallen, Deep Space Nine: Dominion Wars, and Deep Space Nine: Harbinger as her character, Lt. Jadzia Dax.
During her modeling career, Terry used to be the print ads model for the Playtex "Made For Me" brassiere.
Terry appeared in the 15 minute teaser promo for an American version of Red Dwarf.
Fellow Star Trek actor LeVar Burton once described Terry affectionately as "Action Barbie."
Terry watched the original Star Trek series as a child. She and one of her school-mates would even act out scenes together.
After visiting England for six months, Terry "fell in love" with the country.
Terry and her family moved to Hershey PA in 2007.
To hone her craft, Terry studied acting with Stella Adler.
Terry is the disembodied voice in the US government's 2004 television ad campaign regarding the changes in the Medicaid and Medicare laws.
Terry is 6' tall.
Terry married Sprint PCS pitchman Brian Baker at the top of the Eiffel Tower in the Paris Las Vagas Hotel complex on September 1, 2002. They met in a gym and had been dating since February 2002.
It took some time for Terry to settle into Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; some of the cast apparantly looked down on her for her lack of acting experience.
Terry's memories of shooting Hellraiser III are less than pleasant. After spending much of the shooting in the freezing rain, Terry ended up with into bronchitis. She was still sick when she began work on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and had to re-dub all of her lines once she was better.
Terry is hyperglycemic and therefore tries to avoid eating any sugar. However, she does admit to eating ice cream every so often.
Terry was teased a child for having very big ears. Her own mother described her as looking "just like dumbo." After moving to New York she had them pinned back.
Her grandmother once made her a stuffed tribble as a toy since Terry was such a fan of the original Star Trek.
Terry: (on fellow Star Trek actor Michael Dorn) We could just hit heads and really talk things out. At the time it could be really irritating because we were so tired all the time. But taking that out of the equation, I learned so much from working with Michael, as a person and as a performer. He's a very good friend.
Terry: (looking back on her early days as Dax) Knowing what I know now, I think I'm far better prepared to play Dax, just as a woman, as a human being on the planet, being 47 years old. I think I'd do a far better job of playing Dax right now.
(on the reasons why she left Star Trek DS9)
Terry Farrell: My decision was my contract was over, and I didn't really feel it was so much that I wanted more to do, I think I wanted to feel more appreciated. I wanted to be a part of the show, but I wanted to be looked on differently. Did I really always have to get up at four in the morning?
(on creating the Dax character)
:Terry Farrell: I think it was a little of everything, truthfully. I worked with a coach, because it was really hard for me to learn the lines, and she was really good. Ivana Chubbuck, she was an awesome teacher. She helped me work my own sense of humour into the lines when it wasn't written for me, and help me work with my inner life, not just what was typed on the page. I would have to say that Ivana was a huge part in helping me find Dax.
Terry Farrell: (talking about how she saw herself as her modeling career was starting) I wanted to be like Vivien Leigh in "Gone With the Wind". I wanted to have black hair, green eyes and break hearts.
Terry Farrell: (about "Becker" co-star Ted Danson) Danson is very funny and very attractive. Hell, if he wasn't married, I'd go out with him in a minute.
Terry Farrell: (regarding her character of Jadzia Dax on Deep Space Nine and her departure from the show) I begged the producers not to kill me. They thought I was just being this neurotic little actress hoping to have a part to come back to, but I really meant it. I didn't want to see six great years end that way.
Terry Farrell (On her "Star Trek: DS9" character While Dax may appear as a young woman, she possesses the wisdom and knowledge that comes from seven lifetimes of experience.
Terry Farrell: Danson is very funny and very attractive. Hell, if he wasn't married, I'd go out with him in a minute!
Terry Farrell: I wouldn't consider myself a Trekkie, but I was a fan of the show.
Terry Farrell: Well, then it's my responsibility too, because as an actress I have to take the responsibility for taking a part where I have to murder somebody. Is somebody going to get the idea to kill someone from watching it? I have to make the assumption that the people watching it are intelligent enough to know that I'm playing a character.
Terry Farrell: Acting in Treasure Quest, I was looking directly in the camera, and I had more fun because I chose to talk to my best friend. Sometimes it's easier working with people because you have the interaction. In the interactive game, you are assuming that people know what you are talking about without getting any response while you are acting.