Terry Moore (actress)

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Terry Moore
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Terry Moore in Peyton Place (1957)
Born Helen Luella Koford
(1929-01-07) January 7, 1929 (age 85)
Glendale, California, U.S.
Years active 1940–present
Spouse(s) Glenn Davis (1951-52)
Eugene McGarth (1956-58)
Stuart Cramer (1959-72)
Richard Carey (1979-1980) (divorced)[1]
Jerry Rivers (1992-2001; his death)
Partner(s) Howard Hughes (1949-1976) (disputed)[2]
Children Stuart Warren Cramer IV (b. 1960)
Grant Cramer

Helen Luella Koford (born January 7, 1929), better known as Terry Moore, is an American film and television actress.

Early life[edit]

Born January 7, 1929, in Glendale, California, as Helen Luella Koford, Moore grew up in a Mormon family in Los Angeles, California. She worked as a child model before making her film debut in Maryland in 1940. Moore was billed as Judy Ford, Jan Ford, and January Ford before taking Terry Moore as her name in 1948.

Career[edit]

Moore worked in radio in the 1940s, most memorably as Bumps Smith on The Smiths of Hollywood. She has starred in several box office hits, including Mighty Joe Young (1949), Come Back, Little Sheba (1952) (for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress), and Peyton Place (1957). She appeared on the cover of Life magazine for July 6, 1953, as "Hollywood's sexy tomboy". Moore's photo was used on the cover of the second issue of the My Diary romance comic book (cover dated March 1950).[3][4]

During the 1950s, Moore worked steadily in films like The Great Rupert (1950), Two of a Kind (1951), Man on a Tightrope (1953), Daddy Long Legs (1955), Between Heaven and Hell (1956), Bernardine (1957), A Private's Affair (1959), and Why Must I Die? (1960).

By the 1960s, Moore's film career had faltered. She had begun to appear less frequently in films. However, she did make films like Platinum High School (1960), She Should Have Stayed in Bed (1963), Black Spurs (1965), Waco (1966), and A Man Called Dagger (1967). Lacking film roles, Moore appeared on television. In 1962, she appeared as a rancher's daughter in the NBC western Empire. She also appeared on the NBC interview program Here's Hollywood.

After the 1960s, Moore semi retired from acting, only completing two films in the 1970s; though by the 1980s her career had resumed with minor roles in low-budgeted B-movies. Moore has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7080 Hollywood Blvd.

In 2014, she guest starred in the role of Lilly Hill on the crime series True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey.

Personal life[edit]

Moore's first marriage, in 1951 to American football player and Heisman Trophy winner Glenn Davis, lasted one year. A subsequent marriage to Eugene McGarth, in 1956, lasted three years. One year after this marriage ended, Moore married Stuart Cramer after his divorce from Jean Peters;[5] one of the two children from this 13-year marriage is actor Grant Cramer. Following the dissolution of this marriage in 1972, Moore did not remarry for 20 years. Her 1992 marriage to Jerry Rivers lasted until his death in 2001.

At age 55, Moore posed nude in the August 1984 issue of Playboy magazine, photographed by Ken Marcus.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1940 The Howards of Virginia Neighbor Girl Uncredited
1942 A-Haunting We Will Go Dante's Young Admirer Uncredited
1943 True to Life Little Girl Uncredited
1944 Gaslight Paula Alquist - Age 14 Uncredited
1945 Son of Lassie Thea Credited as Helen Koford
1946 Shadowed Virginia 'Ginny' Johnson Credited as Helen Koford
1947 The Devil on Wheels Rusty Davis Credited as Jan Ford
1948 The Return of October Terry Ramsey
1949 Mighty Joe Young Jill Young
1950 The Great Rupert Rosalinda Amendola
He's a Cockeyed Wonder Judy Sears
1951 The Barefoot Mailman Adie Titus
Sunny Side of the Street Betty Holloway
1952 Come Back, Little Sheba Marie Buckholder Nominated: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1953 Beneath the 12-Mile Reef Gwyneth Rhys
King of the Khyber Rifles Susan
1955 Daddy Long Legs Linda Pendleton
The United States Steel Hour Caroline Schwendinger Episode: "Scandal at Peppernut"
1956 The 20th Century Fox Hour Ann Winslow Episode: "The Moneymaker"
1957 Peyton Place Betty Anderson
1958 Studio One Annabelle Episode: "The Man Who Asked for a Funeral"
1959 Rawhide Dallas Episode: "Incident Of The Tumbleweed" (Season 1 Episode 1 9 January 1959)
A Private's Affair Louise Wright
1960 Platinum High School Jennifer Evans Alternative title: Trouble at Sixteen
1961 The Rebel Janice Episode: "The Executioner"
1962 to 1963 Empire Connie Garrett 20 episodes
1963 Burke's Law Sarah Kingston Episode: "Who Killed Eleanora Davis?"
1965 Black Spurs Anna
1966 My Three Sons Eleanor Episode: "Steve and the Huntress"
1967 Batman Venus 3 episodes
1968 A Man Called Dagger Harper Davis
1970 Bonanza Lydia Yates Episode: "Gideon the Good"
1976 Smash-Up on Interstate 5 Trudy Television movie
1978 Death Dimension Madam Maria
1983 Matt Houston Emily Armor Episode: "A Novel Way to Die"
1985 Hell Hole Sidnee Hammond
1988 Wiseguy Dr. Leitner Episode: "Phantom Pain"
Uncredited
1989 Going Overboard Mistress
1991 Marilyn & Me Woman at Hyde's Funeral Television movie
1995 American Southern Peggin
1998 Mighty Joe Young Elegant Woman at Party
1998 Second Chances Dallas Taylor Judd
1999 Final Voyage Christina
2000 Stageghost Olive
2006 Kill Your Darlings Ella Toscana
2007 The Desert Rose Jamie Shaw
2009 Ariel Liz
2010 Dewitt & Maria Terry
2012 Margarine Wars Miriam Cuningham
2014 Aimy in a Cage Grandma
True Detective Lilly Hill Episode: "Form and Void"
Mansion of Blood Natalie

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