Deep Space Nine
“They’re very bright and very respectful, I love being called ‘Ms Farrell’, I think that’s so sweet! When the fans see you on the street, they’re very discreet and don’t want to offend you. But when I go on stage at a convention, I’m used to them screaming and shouting at me. And I expect that, because if I paid $30 or so to see me, I’d scream too!” Terry Farrell on fans
A slender, dark-haired model-turned-actress, Terry Farrell is most notably recognized for her roles in the sci-fi series “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” (1993-1998, played Jadzia Dax) and the CBS sitcom “Becker” (1998-2002, as Reggie). The former cover girl is also known for playing major roles in movies like the blockbuster hit Back to School (1986, with Rodney Dangerfield) and the installment thriller Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth (1992, opposite Kevin Bernhardt).
Outside the limelight, Farrell, described by LeVar Burton as “Action Barbie,” measures 34B-25-36 (on 1984 model card, Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine). She is married to print Corporation spokesman Brian Baker, and they currently reside in Los Angeles, with their child and their dog, Romona. Farrell likes cooking and deep sea fishing.
Theresa Lee Farrell
Childhood and Family:
Terry Farrell was born Theresa Lee Farrell, on November 19, 1963, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to parents Edwin Francis Farrell, Jr. and Kay-Carol Christine Bendickson. Her mother later married David W. Grussendorf, who adopted Terry and her sister Christine. At age 15, she spent a summer in Mexico City, where she became a foreign exchange student. From that experience, the teenaged Terry came to a decision she would like to live a more daring life in the big city. Therefore, in her junior year of high school, she sent her image to the Elite modeling agency in New York and was singed at the age of 16. A year later, she left high school and moved to NYC in pursuit of a career in modeling. Later, she quit the profession to become an actress, and studied the craft with Kate McGregor Stewart in New York as well as with Stella Adler in Los Angeles.
At a gym, in February 2001, Terry met Brian Bake, better known as the cell-phone company Sprint’s spokesperson, and the pair married on September 1, the following year. They exchanged their wedding vows at the top of the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.
17-year-old Terry Farrell left her hometown for the luminosity of New York City to become a model. Signed by the prestigious Elite modeling agency, she quickly inked an exclusive deal with Mademoiselle magazine, and other cover shoots, including one for Vague, followed. After a three-year of career, however, Farrell decided to put the occupation on the backburner and tried her luck in acting.
Farrell began acting professionally on television when she landed the role of Laurie Casswell, one of two young models exploited by their covetous parents and by a talent agency in the short-lived ABC primetime drama “Paper Dolls” (1984). She then guest starred in such series as “The Cosby Show” (1985), “The Twilight Zone” and “Family Ties” (both 1986), and again was placed as a victim in the television film Beverly Hills Madam (1986, played a call girl named Julie) and on “The Deliberate Stranger” (1986), a miniseries about serial killer Ted Bundy.
However, it was not until Farrell landed a supporting part in 1986’s hit Back to School that she got into big screen film. The comedy featured her along side Rodney Dangerfield, Sally Kellerman and Robert Downey Jr. A year later, she scored a lead in Bill Berry’s comedy movie Off the Mark, opposite Mark Neely. After an uncredited part in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) and 1992’s Red Dwarf USA (TV, as Cat), a second pilot which was not picked up, Farrell landed her next major film role in Clive Barker’s rollicking sequel thriller Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth (1992), which was directed by Anthony Hickox and co-starred Kevin Bernhardt and Lawrence Mortorff.
Farrell’s big breakthrough arrived when she won the co-starring role of Lieutenant Commander Jadzia Dax, Deep Space 9’s Starfleet Science Officer, in the syndicated sequel series “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” (1993-98). The role made her a popular face among sci-fi fans. During that periods, she also starred in a miniseries based on the novel by Danielle Steels, “Star” (1993), played Det. Karen Ryder in the HBO movie Red Sun Rising (1993), revisited wide screen film with a second lead in Rick Jacobson’s Reasons of the Heart (1996) as well as teamed up with Parker Stevenson and Corey Feldman in the sci-fi film Legion (1998, TV).
“Danson is very funny and very attractive. Hell, if he wasn’t married, I’d go out with him in a minute.” Terry Farrell on actor Ted Danson
After departing Deep Space Nine, Farrell emerged as a comic leading actress in the CBS sitcom “Becker,” opposite Ted Danson. She starred as Regina “Reggie” Kostas, the local restaurant owner, from 1998 until 2002. Meanwhile, she kept on herself busy by doing other projects, including television films One True Love (2000) and Crossing the Line (2002), and movie Tripping the Rift (2000, appeared as Six of One). Her most recent gigs are playing the small role of Marilyn in the biopic telepic Gleason (2002), which starred Brad Garrett in the title character, and costarring with David James Elliott in the action made-for-TV film Code 11-14 (2003).