Terri Garber (born December 28, 1960 in Miami, Florida) is an American actress.
Her acting debut was in 1982, when she played Allison Linden on the soap opera Texas. Her screen breakthrough was in the 1984 action film "Toy Soldiers".
After several other, more minor roles, in 1985 Garber landed the role of her lifetime in the miniseries North and South based on the novel by John Jakes. The 6-part serial, with a running time of 90 minutes each, dealt with the society in both north and south before the American Civil War and was aired by ABC TV. It was a huge success and names like Patrick Swayze, James Read, David Carradine, Jean Simmons, and Lesley-Anne Down starred in it.
Terri Garber played Ashton Main, a young and seductive Southern belle and sister of Orry Main, played by Patrick Swayze. Ashton was spoiled, arrogant and mean. She had a cold personality and supported slavery. Ashton's evil, scheming and diabolical behaviour was the reason for Terri Garber to get noticed and the role of Ashton is - until now - the one she is internationally known for.
In 1986 North & South was continued with its sequel Love & War (the second book by John Jakes). The book was adapted as another 6-part-series entitled North & South: Book 2 and it was also aired by ABC. Terri starred as Ashton once again who was now married to James Huntoon, a politically engaged man. She had some more intrigues to develop and a passionate love affair with her brother's nemesis before she came to a bad end in the final miniseries when all her bad deeds were revealed, her brother cursed her for them and her husband divorced her.
Thanks to North & South Terri Garber had gained success in the TV business and in 1987 landed the role of Leslie Carrington on the hit primetime soap Dynasty by Aaron Spelling, which she played until 1988.
After Dynasty she landed roles in two other successful soap operas, Santa Barbara (from 1991 to 1992) and in General Hospital (in 1993).
In 1994 Terri once again slipped into the role of the intriguing Ashton in the last sequel of the North & South trilogy which was titled Heaven & Hell. Although its prior serials were highly successful, the last adaptation of the trilogy, which was also aired on ABC, was not that successful with the fans.
Terri has been divorced twice. Once to Chris Hager and once to Frank Howson.
Terri currently portrays the recurring role of Iris Dumbrowski on the soap opera As The World Turns. She began playing the part in 2005 and returned in November 2006. She also is a successful real estate agent.