Polo, Teri 1969–

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Polo, Teri 1969-


Full name, Theresa Elizabeth Polo; born June 1 (some sources cite August 29) 1969, in Dover, DE; daughter of Vincent (a stereo systems designer) and Jane (a homemaker) Polo; married Anthony Moore (an actor and photographer), April 20, 1997 (divorced April 19, 2005); children: Griffin. Education: Attended the School of American Ballet, New York City, c. 1980s. Avocational Interests: Arts and crafts.


Agent—United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager—McGowan Management, 8733 West Sunset Blvd., Suite 103, West Hollywood, CA 90069.


Actress. Delaware Regional Ballet Company, principal dancer, 1980s. Worked as a model.


Screen Actors Guild.

Awards, Honors:

Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination, favorite female newcomer, 2001, for Meet the Parents; Screen Actors Guild Award nomination (with others), outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series, 2006, for The West Wing.


Television Appearances; Series:

Kristin Larsen, Loving, ABC, 1986.

Amanda Hampton, TV 101, CBS, 1988-89.

Michelle Schowdoski Capra, a recurring role, Northern Exposure, CBS, 1994-95.

Sergeant Ashur "Ash" Badaktu, a recurring role, Brimstone, Fox, 1998-99.

Maggie Sherwood, a recurring role, Felicity, The WB, 1999.

Sugar Hill, ABC, c. 1999.

Rebecca Wells, a recurring role, Sports Night, ABC, 1999-2000.

Sarah Barker, a recurring role, The Practice, ABC, 2003.

Alex Young, I'm with Her, ABC, 2003-2004.

Helen Santos, The West Wing (also known as West Wing and El ala oeste de la Casablanca), NBC, 2005-2006.

Jane Bell, The Wedding Bells (also known as The Wedding Planners and The Wedding Store), Fox, 2007.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Christine Daee, The Phantom of the Opera, NBC, 1990.

Justine Altemus Slatkin, People Like Us, NBC, 1990.

Grace Dawkins, House of Frankenstein, NBC, 1997.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Tana Roberts, Full Circle (also known as Danielle Steel's "Full Circle"), NBC, 1996.

Janet Hayworth, A Prayer in the Dark, USA Network, 1997.

Kim Lussier, A Father for Brittany (also known as A Change of Heart), CBS, 1998.

Susan Prescott, The Marriage Fool (also known as Love after Death), CBS, 1998.

Connie Heller, Second String, TNT, 2000.

Jordan Donavan, Straight from the Heart, The Hallmark Channel, 2003.

Jeanne (J. J.), Legacy of Fear, Lifetime, 2006.

Yvonne Fedderson, For the Love of a Child, Lifetime, 2006.

Emily Bennett, Love Is a Four Letter Word, The Hallmark Channel, 2007.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, Fox, 2000.

27th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 2001.

Presenter, 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (also known as Screen Actors Guild 11th Annual Awards), TNT, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Sheila, "Revenge Is the Nuts," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's "Tales from the Crypt"), HBO, 1994.

Stephanie Cabot, "They Eat Horses, Don't They?," Due South (also known as Due South: The Series and Direction: Sud), CTV (Canada) and CBS, 1994, intended as a television pilot.

Nurse Sarah Jane Petty, "Heartbreak," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1995.

Sally McCoy, "Identity Crisis," The Outer Limits (also known as The New Outer Limits), Showtime, Sci-Fi Channel, and syndicated, 1998.

Abby Michaels, "Legal Tender Love and Care," Frasier (also known as Dr. Frasier Crane), NBC, 2000.

Herself, MAD TV (also known as MADtv), Fox, 2000.

Jessie Ross, "All That Glitters," Dragnet (also known as L.A. Dragnet), ABC, 2003.

Rachel Willons, "Nine Wives," Numb3rs (also known as Numbers and Num3ers), CBS, 2007.

Television Guest Appearances; Episodic:

Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 2003.

The Wayne Brady Show, syndicated, 2003.

Dennis Miller, CNBC, 2004.

The Sharon Osbourne Show (also known as Sharon), syndicated, 2004.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (also known as The Late Late Show), CBS, 2005.

Late Show with David Letterman (also known as The Late Show and Late Show Backstage), CBS, 2005.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Stephanie Cabot, They Eat Horses, Don't They?, broadcast as an episode of Due South (also known as Due South: The Series and Direction: Sud), CTV (Canada) and CBS, 1994.

Helena Harker, Van Helsing Chronicles (also known as Legacy), NBC, 1997.

Casie Winters, Texarkana, CBS, 1998.

Alex Young, I'm with Her, ABC, 2003.

Claire Franklin, Welcome to the Jungle Gym, CBS, 2006.

Jane Bell, "For Whom the Bells Toll," The Wedding Bells (also known as The Wedding Planners and The Wedding Store), Fox, 2007.

Also appeared in The MacGregors (also known as Untitled Mason McCall Project), NBC.

Film Appearances:

Beryl Ann Devers, Born to Ride, Buena Vista, 1991.

Geena Matthews, Mystery Date, Orion, 1991.

Rachel Scanlan, Passed Away, Buena Vista, 1992.

Title role, Quick (also known as Crossfire), New City Releasing, 1993.

Robin Hand, Aspen Extreme, Buena Vista, 1993.

Rosa del Valle, The House of the Spirits (also known as Aandernes hus, A casa dos espiritos, Das Geisterhaus), Miramax, 1993.

Cynthia, Golden Gate, Samuel Goldwyn, 1994.

Char, The Arrival (also known as Shockwave), Orion, 1996.

Pam Byrnes, Meet the Parents, Universal, 2000.

Susan Morrison Barnes, Domestic Disturbance, Paramount, 2001.

Barbara Wagner, Sins of the Father (also known as The Ties That Bind and The Unsaid), Harlequin Pictures, 2003.

Charlotte Jordan, Beyond Borders (also known as Amar peligrosamenta, Amor sem fronteiras, Amore senza confini—Beyond borders, Au-dela des frontieres, Jenseits aller Grenzen, Mas alla de las fronteras, Pera apo ta synora, and Yli rajojen), Paramount, 2003.

Pam Byrnes, Meet the Fockers (also known as Meet the Fokkers, Meet the Parents 2, Entrando numa fria maior ainda, Familjen aer vaerre, Kohtumine Fockeritega, L'autre belle-famille, La familia de mi esposo, Los Fockers, Los Fockers: La familia de mi esposo, Los padres de el, Meine Frau, ihre Schwiegereltern und ich, Mi presenti i tuoi?, Mon beaupere, mes parents et moi, Painajainen perheessae, Svigers er aller verst, and Uns compadres do pior), Universal, 2004.

Mrs. Moran, Full of It, New Line Cinema, 2007.



Herself, Spotlight on Location: Meet the Parents (short), Universal, 2001.



Movieline, November, 2000, p. 16; September, 2001, pp. 66-67.

People Weekly, October 30, 2000, p. 91.