Terri Nunn

Terri Nunn

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Terri Nunn
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Terri Nunn performing at Oracle OpenWorld 2010.
Background information
Birth name Terri Kathleen Nunn
Born (1961-06-26) June 26, 1961 (age 56)
Baldwin Hills, California United States
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres rock, new wave, industrial rock, post-punk, dance, synthpop
Occupation(s) Singer/Actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1974–present
Labels DGC Records
Purple Pyramid
Associated acts Berlin
The Sisters of Mercy

Terri Kathleen Nunn (born June 26, 1961[1]), is an American singer and actress. She is best known as the lead vocalist of the new wave/synthpop band Berlin.


Nunn was born in Los Angeles, California. She joined Berlin in 1978 and temporarily left the group the following year to pursue an acting career. In 1981, she rejoined the group as the lead vocalist and soon forged her recording career in the band. Her greatest success in Berlin was the top-selling 1986 single “Take My Breath Away“, the theme song for the film Top Gun. It reached the no. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. She sang other popular songs with Berlin, including “Sex (I’m A…)“, “The Metro“, “You Don’t Know”, “No More Words” and “Masquerade”.

In 1976, Nunn auditioned for the role of Princess Leia in Star Wars,[2] but the role went to Carrie Fisher, noting also that Harrison Ford “did not like” Nunn.[3]

In 1976, she posed, under the name Betsy Harris, for nude photos for the February Penthouse.[4]

Nunn acted in numerous television shows in the 1970s and 1980s, including T.J. Hooker, Lou Grant and James at 15. According to her interview on Audience Network, she was offered the part of Lucy on the upcoming series Dallas but turned it down because she would have to sign a seven-year contract,. She wanted to pursue music as well, and the series would have prevented her from doing so.[citation needed] She appeared in the 1978 film Thank God It’s Friday.[citation needed] In 1979, she played a part in the short-lived TV series Time Express.[citation needed]

In 1985, Nunn briefly dated Michael Hutchence, who she met at an INXS concert in London while Berlin were recording the album Count Three & Pray. The relationship ended when INXS returned to Australia.[5]

In 1985, Nunn left Berlin[6] and recorded the song “Dancing in Isolation” for the film Better Off Dead. In 1989, she performed a duet with Paul Carrack called “Romance”, which was included on the soundtrack to the film Sing. In the early 1990s, she sang backup for The Sisters of Mercy. In 1991, she recorded and released a solo album entitled Moment of Truth, in association with David Z, Prince‘s Paisley Park producer.[7]

Nunn obtained usage rights to the band name “Berlin” in 1996,[8] and reformed that band with new members, who began recording and touring. Berlin released two EPs Fall into Heaven and Fall into Heaven 2 in 1999, followed by Live: Sacred and Profane in 2000, their first live album.[citation needed] Voyeur hit shelves in 2002. 4Play (2005) contains original songs and cover versions of some of the band’s songs.[citation needed]

In 2003, Berlin’s original lineup reunited for the VH1 series “Bands Reunited“.[9]

In 2008, Nunn contributed sex and dating advice to Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna’s book Cherry Bomb.[10][11]

Nunn sang across the United States on the 2009 Regeneration Tour,[12] which also featured Martin Fry of ABC, Wang Chung, and Cutting Crew.

In 2010, Nunn appeared as a guest judge on season 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, mentoring the contestants in a rock-themed singing challenge.[citation needed]

Berlin toured with INXS in the summer of 2011.[citation needed]

Nunn co-hosts “Between the Sheets”, a popular podcast on webcast media station Hottalkla.com.[13]

In January 2012, Nunn debuted her radio show on KCSN-FM. It features interviews and live performances.[14]

In September 2013 Nunn and Berlin released their “electronic and especially dance-oriented” album Animal.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Nunn is married to attorney Paul Spear. She has one daughter and two stepsons.[15] The family has lived in Santa Rosa Valley, California since 2012.[14] Nunn is a vegan, formerly a vegetarian, since the age of 19.[16][17]

Actress (26 credits)
 2014 Berlin: Animal (Short)
 2007 Kaya (TV Series)

Sympathy for the Devil (2007) … Aurora
 2003 Berlin: Intimate (Video)
 1995 Geffen Vintage 80s Vol. 1 (Video)
 1986 Berlin: Take My Breath Away (Video short)
 1984 Berlin Video 45 (Video)
 1982 T.J. Hooker (TV Series)
Sue Anne

The Connection (1982) … Sue Anne
 1982 Making the Grade (TV Series)

Enter Miss Right (1982)
 1982 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)

Ladies in Waiting (1982) … Diane
 1979-1981 Lou Grant (TV Series)
Kitty Larsen / Wendy

Execution (1981) … Kitty Larsen
Romance (1979) … Wendy
 1980 The Georgia Peaches (TV Movie)
Sue Lynn Peach
 1980 Scared Straight! Another Story (TV Movie)
 1980 Hagen (TV Series)
Eileen Malone

Hagen (Pilot) (1980) … Eileen Malone
 1979 Vega$ (TV Series)

Runaway (1979) … Ally
 1979 Time Express (TV Series)
Jill Martin

The Copy-Writer/The Figure Skater (1979) … Jill Martin
 1978 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Olivia Hamilton

Academy of Evil (1978) … Olivia Hamilton
 1978 Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold (TV Movie)
Cindy Holland
 1978 The Runaways (TV Series)
Cathy / Barbara

No Prince for My Cinderella (1978) … Cathy / Barbara
 1978 Having Babies III (TV Movie)
 1978 Family (TV Series)
Jessica Millington

Echoes of Love (1978) … Jessica Millington
 1977 Rafferty (TV Series)
Toni Power

Walking Wounded (1977) … Toni Power
 1977 James at 16 (TV Series)

The Girl with the Bad Rep (1977) … Pam
 1976 Police Story (TV Series)
Judy Mitchell

The Other Side of the Badge (1976) … Judy Mitchell


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