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As sassy Bronx diner owner Reggie Kostas on CBS's Becker, Terry Farrell easily dishes out put-downs to star Ted Danson. Just don't ask her to serve coffee or pie. During filming, "I've dropped a plate, my Walkman and oranges," she says. "I'm no waitress." Yet to look at the svelte 5'11" actress, you wouldn't know she has been klutzy since grade school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where one classmate called her "the electrocuted string bean."
Even today, Farrell, 36, gets playfully zapped by the Becker crew for her lack of coordination. Still, she carried herself with enough poise to begin work as a fashion model at 17. By 20, turned off by the runway rivalry ("It's just silly, catty stuff," she says), she quit to become an actress in ABC's Paper Dolls (1984). In 1993 she got beamed up to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, cast as a 300-year-old alien.
Since departing last year to do Becker, Farrell, who's single and lives in Los Angeles, suffers from more than just clumsiness on the set: She gets the giggles. "Between takes," says executive producer Dave Hackel, "what you hear most is, 'Okay, Terry, quit laughing!' "
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