Alice Terry

Alice Terry
United Artists

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Alice Terry
Film: South side of the 6600 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Actress
Born Alice F. Taaffe on July 24, 1899 in Vicennes, IN
Died Dec. 22, 1987 in Burbank, Calif.

Alice Terry was a silent screen actress who co-starred with such early movie idols as Rudolph Valentino and Ramon Novarro.

Miss Terry made her film debut in 1916, but did not rise to fame until she appeared in a series of movies directed by her husband, director Rex Ingram, in the 1920s. She had dark hair, but often wore a blond wig while performing on screen.

Among her film credits are "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse," opposite Valentino in 1921; "The Prisoner of Zenda," 1922; "The Arab," with Novarro, 1924, and "The Garden of Allah" in 1927. In all, she starred in at least 26 feature-length films.

Her career suffered, however, after a move to Europe in 1924, after a rift between her husband and film mogul Louis B. Mayer. It ended when the "talkies" brought an end to the silent film era in the late 1920s.

She retired to the San Fernando Valley in 1932, dabbling in art work.

In 1951, Miss Terry sued Columbia Pictures Corp. for $750,000 over the manner in which she was depicted in a film based on Valentino's life. The movie, Miss Terry complained, suggested that she had "a meretricious and illicit love affair" with Valentino while married to Ingram, who died in 1949.

Miss Terry settled the suit out of court in 1953 for a sum that was described publicly only as "substantial."

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