Alice Terry

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Alice Terry
BornAlice Frances Taaffe
(1899-07-29)July 29, 1899
Vincennes, Indiana
DiedDecember 22, 1987(1987-12-22) (aged 88)
Burbank, California
Other namesAlice Taafe
Alice Taaffee
Alice Taffe
OccupationActress
Years active1916–1933
Spouse(s)Rex Ingram (1921–1950)
 
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Alice Terry
BornAlice Frances Taaffe
(1899-07-29)July 29, 1899
Vincennes, Indiana
DiedDecember 22, 1987(1987-12-22) (aged 88)
Burbank, California
Other namesAlice Taafe
Alice Taaffee
Alice Taffe
OccupationActress
Years active1916–1933
Spouse(s)Rex Ingram (1921–1950)

Alice Terry (July 29, 1899 – December 22, 1987) was an American film actress who began her career during the silent film era, appearing in thirty-nine films between 1916 and 1933.

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Career

Born Alice Frances Taaffe in Vincennes, Indiana, she made her film debut in 1916 in Not My Sister, opposite Bessie Barriscale and William Desmond Taylor.

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This 1921 Vanity Fair caricature by Ralph Barton[1] shows the famous people who, he imagined, left work each day in Hollywood; use cursor to identify individual figures.

That same year, she played several different characters in the 1916 anti-war film Civilization, co-directed by Thomas H. Ince and Reginald Barker. One of her most acclaimed performances came as "Marguerite" in 1921's The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, starring Rudolph Valentino.

In 1925 her husband co-directed Ben-Hur, filming parts of it in Italy. The two decided to move to the French Riviera, where they set up a small studio in Nice and made several films on location in North Africa, Spain, and Italy for MGM and others. In 1933, Terry made her last film appearance in Baroud, which she also co-directed with husband Rex Ingram.

Personal life

In 1921, she married director Rex Ingram during production of The Prisoner of Zenda (released 1922), which he directed and in which she appeared as Princess Flavia. The couple sneaked away over one weekend, were married in Pasadena, and returned to work promptly the following Monday.[2]

During the making of The Arab (1924) in Tunisia, they met a street child named Kada-Abd-el-Kader, whom they adopted upon learning that he was an orphan. Allegedly, el-Kader misrepresented his age to make himself seem younger to his adoptive parents, and after he "began associating with fast women and fast cars throughout the San Fernando Valley", Terry and Ingram sent him back to Morocco "to finish school."[3]

Terry was known to have several gay male friends in the film industry, including Ramón Novarro (a former leading man of hers) and Barry Norton.[4] During the 1930s, she accompanied Novarro to speakeasies with predominantly gay clientele, allegedly in part to throw off any suspicion about Novarro's homosexuality.[5]

Terry and Ingram retired together in the 1930s. By all accounts, theirs was a happy marriage, though they often had separate bedrooms during their marriage and occupied separate retirement community bungalows at the end of their marriage.[6] Nonetheless, they remained together until his death in 1950. After his death, Terry became romantically involved with actor Gerald Fielding, who bore a strong physical resemblance to her late husband.[7] They were lovers until his death, at the age of forty-six, in 1956.[8]

Terry had a sister, Edna, who died in 1984.[9]

Death

Terry died on December 22, 1987 of natural causes, and was interred in the Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Alice Terry has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6628 Hollywood Blvd.

Selected filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
1916Not My SisterRuth TylerCredited as Alice Taafe
CivilizationExtra (Various, from a peasant to a German Soldier)Uncredited
A Corner in ColleensDaisyCredited as Alice Taafe
1917Wild Winship's WidowMarjory HoweCredited as Alice Taafe
Strictly Business
The Bottom of the WellAnita Thomas
AlimonyExtraUncredited
1918The Clarion Call
A Bachelor's ChildrenPenelope Winthrop
Old Wives for NewSalesladyCredited as Alice Taafe
The Song and the Sergeant
Sisters of the Golden CircleMrs. Pinkey McGuire
The Brief Debut of TildyTildy
Love WatchesCharlotte Bernier
The Trimmed Lamp
1919Thin IceJocelyn Miller
The Love BurglarElsie StrongCredited as Alice Taafe
The Valley of the GiantsMrs. CardiganCredited as Alice Taafe
Alternative title: In the Valley of the Giants
The Day She PaidCredited as Alice Taafe
Alternative title: Oats and the Woman
1920Shore AcresExtraUncredited
The Devil's Pass KeyExtraUncredited
Hearts Are TrumpsDora Woodberry
1921The Four Horsemet of the ApocalypseMarguerite Laurier
The Conquering PowerEugenie GrandetAlternative title: Eugenie Grandet
1922Turn to the RightElsie Tillinger
The Prisoner of ZendaPrincess Flavia
1923Where the Pavement EndsMatilda Spener
ScaramoucheAline de Kercadiou, Quintin's Niece
1924The ArabMary Hilbert
1925The Great DivideRuth Jordan
Sackcloth and ScarletJoan Freeman
Confessions of a QueenFrederika/The Queen
Any WomanEllen Linden
1926Mare NostrumFreya TalbergAlternative title: Our Sea
The MagicianMargaret Dauncey
1927Lovers?Felicia
The Garden of AllahDomini Enfilden
1928The Three PassionsLady Victoria Burlington
1933BaroudCo-director
Alternative title: Love in Morocco

References

  1. ^ Vanity Fair magazine September 1921, accessed 2009
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0855935/bio
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0434255/bio
  4. ^ Slide, Anthony; Silent topics: essays on undocumented areas of silent film; p. 48
  5. ^ Soares, Andre; Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro; St. Martin's Press, New York, 2002; p. 158
  6. ^ Slide, Anthony; Silent topics: essays on undocumented areas of silent film; p. 48
  7. ^ Slide, Anthony; Silent topics: essays on undocumented areas of silent film; p. 48
  8. ^ Soares, André; Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro; St. Martin's Press, New York, 2002; p. 303
  9. ^ Soares, André; Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro; St. Martin's Press, New York, 2002; p. 303

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