Happy Birthday Terri Garber, Former Soap Queen Now Queen of Soaps via @stacyamiller85 @terrigarber1228 #NorthandSouth #Dynasty

Terri Garber (North and South, Dynasty, As the World Turns, General Hospital, Santa Barbara) celebrates her birthday on December 28.

I have been a fan of Terri Garber for thirty-four of my fifty-four years. The first time I saw Terri on the television was as Ashton Main in the unforgettable miniseries North and South. Her performance leaped off the screen and was a major reason why North and South became my favorite movie of all time.

After North and South, I made it my mission to follow Terri’s career. Fortunately, she was soon cast as Leslie in the original Dynasty. And in my opinion, an opportunity was lost. An actress of Garber’s immense talent was terribly underused as this character. To this day when I watch Terri’s old Dynasty scenes, I wonder why the writers didn’t have her doing more.

In my search for Terri Garber projects, I came across a television movie that she made before North and South called No Man’s Land starring Stella Stevens. The premise of the film finds Stevens as a female sheriff with three adult daughters from different marriages. Garber played Brianna Wilder. I’d encourage Terri Garber fans to check this movie out if you can find it on DVD (I rented it on VHS in 1986).


In addition to Dynasty, Terri made the rounds on some of the popular television prime time shows of the 1980s era like Midnight Caller, Murder She Wrote, Quantum Leap and Matlock. I was happy when she was cast on my two favorite daytime dramas the now defunct Santa Barbara and General Hospital.

One of the best things about social media is the opportunity it gives to connect with people who share similar interests. An example of this is when I discovered the North and South Facebook Group.  Through this group, I’ve had the chance to talk people who enjoy North and South as much as I do. A plus is Terri is active in this group and often comments to posts. When I like about Terri is she hasn’t let Hollywood change her from being a genuine person, which is commendable. Additionally, she is a wife, mother and daughter who deeply loves her family.

Terri does independent fill projects. Sister’s Alchemy, the company she started with her sister Lisa takes up a lot of her time. Garber has a talent for making high quality, natural ingredient soaps. I’d recommend these products.

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So on your birthday Terri, my wish for you is that you continue to enjoy all life has to offer. I thank you for the numerous gifts you’ve given fans over the years with your performances.

Here is a poem by The Nerdy Girl Express poet and writer Tracy Diane Miller:

The fire inside her
With purpose it roars
To ignite with determination
As dreams might soar
She is not a silhouette of a forgotten past
She is not a lost memory that will fade all too fast
For that fire inside her
Long will it grow
To light her future
Creativity will still show
She has inhabited the lives of characters
A dalliance with fantasy
Is reality stranger than fiction
That remains to be seen
For Ashton or Leslie or by the many names she has been called
Do you know the best name that suits her after all
It is Terri
Her name for the fire inside her
With flames to speak
With purpose it roars
Not angry but proudly to tell you why Terri is unique
This daughter
This wife
This sister
This mother
This friend
Who gives her heart
Her love without end
The fire inside her
A Muse will admire
Her courageous spirit
Is destined to inspire
So with the food that words might provide
Then a verse is well fed
To fully emerge in the moments ahead
Ready to speak
Unlike the fire inside her that roars
A poem is quiet when in her heart to soar
With joy as it conveys
All the best to you Terri as you celebrate your birthday

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