The daughter of an Air Force career officer, Priscilla Barnes originally dreamed of becoming a dancer--a dream that was dashed when she slipped on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl and broke her leg. Priscilla then took on a series of odd jobs, including a waitress stint at Pips, a private Los Angeles club. There she made the acquaintance of actor Peter Falk who, impressed by Priscilla's all-American good looks and self-deprecating sense of humor, arranged for her to play a bit role on a 1976 Columbo episode. One thing led to another, and Priscilla found herself co-starring in the short-lived TV Charlie's Angels rip-off American Girls (1978). She was better-served with a sizeable supporting role opposite Michael Caine in the 1980 theatrical feature Sunday Lovers. In 1981, Priscilla was handed the unenviable task of replacing pin-up phenomenon Suzanne Somers (whom she'd never met) on the popular ABC sitcom Three's Company. In the light of the well-publicized clashes between Somers and her co-workers, much was made of Priscilla's cooperative nature and team spirit. She remained in her Three's Company role of nurse Teri Alden until the series' cancellation in 1984; she then dived into the Special Guest Star pool, making one-shot appearances on a variety of programs, including the obligatory "mystery killer" gig on Murder She Wrote. One of Priscilla Barnes' post-Three's Company assignments was the part of Hildy Granger on the pilot episode of the syndicated sitcom She's the Sheriff....a part played in the subsequent series by none other than Suzanne Somers!
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