Profile on Actress & Soap Maker Terri Garber. @terrigarber1228 @SistersAlchemy1
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“We were still a young nation: innocent, full of hope and promise. A nation divided by two different ways of life. The North: a beacon for industry and progress. The South: a rich land steeped in proud tradition.”
Thus began the introductory promo for the sweeping ABC television miniseries North and South that first aired for six consecutive nights, beginning Sunday, November 3, 1985.
I was 20 years old back in 1985 and I remember how eagerly I anticipated this miniseries. But I credit my twin sister Stacy for her remarkable memory and knowledge of North and South. Even today, nearly 32 years later, Stacy has the uncanny ability of reciting much of the dialogue strictly from memory (as well as being my resource on all things North and South). It was from North and South that we first became fans of actress Terri Garber, who portrayed Southern vixen Ashton Main with stunning perfection. It is rare feat when an actress so brilliantly wears a character that decades later, when you rewatch her work, you are still mesmerized by the nuances that she brought in every scene. Such is the case with Terri Garber as Ashton. Garber was Ashton. Because of her and the incredible company of actors who made up this cast, North and South remains an iconic gem of that bygone era of the genre known as the television miniseries that enthralled a generation.
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Following her stint as a member of the Main family, Garber abandoned the corsets for couture and traded the Mont Royal plantation of South Carolina for the opulence of Denver as Leslie Carrington on the 1980s primetime soap opera Dynasty. The dysfunctional Carringtons excelled in Machiavellian politics and turned changing family alliances into a sport. As an engineer and later ColbyCo Oil Company employee, Leslie got caught up in intrigue. Garber had to negotiate Leslie’s often conflicting personas. For two seasons, Garber added to the fabric of Dynasty. Leslie may have been involved in some unsavory doings through her relationship with Sean Rowan (James Healey), but she left the show as a hero when she prevented Sean from harming her cousin Adam Carrington’s (Gordon Thomson) son.
After leaving Dynasty in 1988, Garber kept busy with a slew of television guest roles in both daytime and primetime. Today, the actress uses her soap roots in a literal and creative way: She is a soap maker and co-founder of Sisters Alchemy. Along with her sister Lisa Rubinstein, these industrious siblings create aesthetically pleasing soaps using natural ingredients.
I encourage everyone to check out sistersalchemy.com