Terri Kathleen Nunn (born June 26, 1961) is an American singer and actress. She is best known as the vocalist for the new wave/synthpop band she fronts, Berlin, and is also known by that band name.
|Birth name||Terri Kathleen Nunn|
|Also known as||Berlin|
|Born||June 26, 1961|
Baldwin Hills, California United States
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Genres||Rock, new wave, industrial rock, post-punk, dance, synthpop|
The Sisters of Mercy
Nunn was born in Los Angeles, California. Her father Larry Nunn (1925–1974) was a painter and a former contract child actor for MGM (Men of Boys Town, The Major and the Minor). He was an alcoholic and died from suicide when she was 13 years old.
In late 1976, she posed nude for Penthouse magazine, convincing the magazine that she was legally an adult, with the pictorial appearing in February 1977 under the name Betsy Harris. For many years, Nunn denied her participation, because the photos were taken when she was only fifteen and still legally a minor.
She joined Berlin in 1978 and temporarily left the group the following year to pursue an acting career. Nunn acted in numerous television shows in the 1970s and 1980s, including T.J. Hooker, Lou Grant, Vega$ and James at 15. Nunn also appeared in the 1978 ensemble film Thank God It's Friday.
In 1981, she rejoined Berlin 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 1985, Nunn briefly dated Michael Hutchence, whom 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.
In 1985, Nunn left Berlin 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 1993, she approached lead singer Andrew Eldritch of The Sisters of Mercy with a recording of her vocal on a Billie Hughes song which led to their collaboration and ultimately became The Sisters of Mercy single "Under the Gun".
Nunn obtained usage rights to the band name "Berlin" in 1996, 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. Voyeur hit shelves in 2002. 4Play (2005) contains original songs and cover versions of some of the band's songs.
Nunn co-hosts Between the Sheets, a popular podcast on webcast media station Hottalkla.com.
Nunn is married to attorney Paul Spear. She adopted a baby born in 2004 in Russia named Natalie Joy. She also has two stepsons. The family has lived in Santa Rosa Valley, California, since 2012. Pamela Moore, also a singer, is Nunn's cousin.
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