Speedbumps: flooring it through Hollywood

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Penguin, Nov 8, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 244 pages
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"At once laugh-out-loud funny and remarkably down-to-earth, the popular Oscar- nominated actress muses about movies, men, motherhood, and MS in a book that is both Hollywood hilarious and personally moving"
From "Speedbumps: "
"I was originally up for the principal female role in "Young Frankenstein," Mel Brooks was directing. He had just finished "Blazing Saddles," and was at the top of the comedy world.

Mel had picked me out of five hundred girls, but admitted that he was still trying to convince Madeline Kahn to take the lead role. After I auditioned three times, Madeline finally did decide to take the part of the fiancA(c)e.

I was crushed. Iad never come so close to getting a major part in a major movie. But then Mel told me that if I came back the next day with a German accent I could read for the part of Inga, Gene Wilderas buxom lab assistant.

A German accent in twenty-four hours? Luckily, I was still on "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour," and, as fate would have it, Cheras wig stylist was German. So, I sat in on Cheras hairstyling session (that gave me hours of study!) and emerged with a perfect German accent when saying, aMein Gott, zis vig veighs forty pounds.a That would translate to the script!

There was one last thing I needed for Inga. Or two, actually. I realized Ingaas part was really all about the boobs, so the next day I went in to the audition wearing a bra stuffed with socks. People pay over five thousand dollars for a boob job today. Mine cost under five dollars at Woolworthas, and got me the part, my biggest to date.

I was thrilled. Iad been chosen by one of the best. My career was finally in motion.

I got to thinking that I shouldhave stuffed my bra with socks for every audition."
In "The New Yorker," the late, great film critic Pauline Kael called Garr, "the funniest neurotic dizzy dame

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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

I didn't know much about Teri Garr, except that she was in Tootsie, and played Phoebe's mother on Friends. It turns out she started out as a dancer, and was a back-up dancer in 7 or 8 Elvis movies. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Margaret - Goodreads

I enjoyed her book so much and I was fortunate to listen to it on audiobook read by Teri Garr. She is very funny in the book as well as quite serious especially about dealing with MS. Read full review


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Teri Garr is a leading advocate in raising awareness for multiple sclerosis and one of Hollywoods most beloved comic actresses, starring in such classic films as "Young Frankenstein, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Mr. Mom," and "Tootsie," for which she received an Academy Award nomination.