Theresa Elizabeth Polo aka Teri Polo is an actress who is active in the industry for more than three decades. Starting her career as a model, she, later on, turned to acting. She is most famous for her portrayal as a lesbian police officer in the TV series The Fosters. Some of her other notable works are in Pam Byrnes-Focker, Meet the Parents, The West Wing, Brimstone. As a model, she posed for Playboy from which she got huge attention.

From her longtime career, she earned decent cash; however, she was not able to manage her money and hence, currently is in debt.

Teri Polo’s Net Worth Is In Minus; Find Out How?

Well, as already stated, the 44 years old actress is in debt, and that too, almost a million dollars, on the basis of the Chapter 11 filings.

According to the files, she owns over $745 thousand to the IRS, $27,000 to the California Franchise Tax Board, and almost around $37,000 in credit card debt. In contrast to her debts, the actress claims she has only around $50 thousand in assets.

As per the Celebrity Net Worth, she has $800 thousand negative net worth as of 2020.

Career As A Model And Actress   

Teri Polo stepped in the entertainment business after she moved to New York, where she struggled for around two years before making a debut in the acting industry in 1986 with her first appearance in Loving.

Actress, Teri Polo Net Worth Is Minus $800 thousand

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Following this, she was cast in the American comedy-drama series, Northern Exposure, in its last season from 1994 to 1995.

Her small-screen appearance got huge limelight after she was cast as a lead character, Stef Adams Foster, in the series The Fosters alongside Maia Mitchell, Cierra Ramirez, and Hayden Byerly.

Following this, she appeared in several series and TV movies, including The Phantom of the Opera, People Like Us, Full Circle, House of Frankenstein,  Second String, For the Love of a Child,  Expecting a Miracle, The Christmas Shepherd, JL Ranch, Curb Your Enthusiasm.

She has also made her guest appearances in the series such as Due South, Tales from the Crypt, Brimstone, Felicity, I’m with Her, The Wedding Bells, Ghost Whisperer, Glory Daze, and Law & Order: LA.


Polo’s big-screen debut came in 1990 after she was cast in the 1990 miniseries, The Phantom of the Opera as Christine Daae. Following this, she appeared in more than two dozens of movies.

She gained international fame following her role Pam Byrnes in the movie Meet the Parents in 2000. In the series, she shared the screen with Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson, among others.

Some of her other notable movies are Domestic Disturbance, Meet the Fockers, The Hole, Little Fockers, Final Recourse, Authors Anonymous, Outlaws and Angels, Deadly Switch.

Apart from acting, she is also famous as a model who has worked for Playboy and Style magazine. In 2002, she was listed on #4 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women.

A Mother Of Two     

The fifty years old, Teri Polo seems to be living a single life but has gone through a couple of failed relationships in the past.

Firstly, she was married to a photographer, Anthony Moore. The couple who started dating in the mid-90s shared the wedding vows in 1997. Together the couple welcomed a son, Griffin, in 2002. However, their relationship ended in 2005 due to some personal issues.

Teri Polo with her ex-husband Anthony Moore

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Following their separation, she started dating drummer, Jamie Wollam, in 2006. After a year of their love life, they welcomed daughter, Bayley. Unfortunately, her second relationship also didn’t go well as they separated in 2012.

Lesbian Rumor

There is a huge rumor of Teri being a member of the LGBTQ community after she made the statement, “I have more chemistry with Sherri than I’ve ever had with any male counterpart”.

Death Hoax

Like most of the other celebrities, Teri Polo was also rumored to be dead in 2005. The news of her death spread after E! News posted, “Meet the Parents Actress Dies,” and most of the readers speculated it to be Teri Polo. However, the fact of the news was of Nicole DeHuff’s death, who played the role of Teri Polo’s sister in series.


The actress has inked a few parts of her body. Here is the list of her body art which includes

  • the name of her kids in her right bicep in a tribal band shape
  • Music note on the upper left breast
  • butterfly shape in her belly
  • tree art on her back
Teri Polo’s Tattoo

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Teri Polo was born on June 1, 1969, in Dover, Delaware, the USA to Vince Polo and Jane Polo. Her father was a stereo system designer while her mother was a homemaker. Her birth name is Theresa Elizabeth Polo.

Regarding education, as a child, she went to Dover High School.

Having an interest in dancing since the tender age, she started taking classes while she was just five years old. While she was in her early teens, she was sent to New York’s School of American Ballet.

At the age of 17, she went to New York City to pursue her career in acting after she won the modeling contest, which was conducted by the magazine Seventeen. She signed a contract with the modeling agency Elite.