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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 24 July 1899Vincennes, Indiana, USA
Date of Death 22 December 1987Burbank, California, USA  (pneumonia)
Birth NameAlice Frances Taaffe
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Alice started as an extra in films at age 15. She worked in "Inceville" and would appear as several characters in 'Civilization (1916)'. In 1917, she would meet director Rex Ingram and they would marry in 1921. It was also in 1921 that Alice would gain acclaim as Marguerite in 'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)'. She would continue to play the heroine is the films 'The Prisoner of Zenda (1922)' and 'Scaramouche (1923)'. In 1924, Metro would merge into the new MGM and both Ingram and Terry would work there. She would make the 'The Great Divide (1924)' with Wallace Beery in a western melodrama. She would be directed by Ingram in 'The Arab (1924)', which was filmed in North Africa and owed much to the influence of screen idol Valentino. Alice would get her chance to play the wicked woman in 'Mare Nostrum (1926)'. Filmed in Italy and Spain, this film was both a critical and financial success directed by Ingram. Ingram would make his third independent film in Italy when he directed Alice in 'The Garden of Allah (1927)'. Later that year, Alice would be reunited with Ramon Navarro in 'Lovers? (1927)', but the film would not be as well received as their earlier films. When sound came to the screen Alice retired when her favorite director Rex Imgram retired.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Spouse (1)

Rex Ingram (5 November 1921 - 21 July 1950) (his death)

Trivia (5)

When Columbia released Valentino (1951), Alice Terry filed suit against Columbia and the producers because of the way the film "falsely portrayed a clandestine relationship between Valentino and Terry". Columbia settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.
Rex & Alice were married in South Pasadena. They sneaked away for the day from the set of The Prisoner of Zenda (1922) without telling anyone. They married on Saturday, November 5th 1921 in Adobe Flores, South Pasadena. The next day they saw three movies and went back to work on the Monday. When the film was completed they went to San Francisco for their honeymoon.
It was while she was working as an extra on The Devil's Passkey (1920) that Alice was first noticed, by director Erich von Stroheim. Sadly, her insecurity caused her to rapidly leave the Universal lot. She never even stopped to pick up her pay check.
It was during preparation for her first significant role in Hearts Are Trumps (1920) that Alice discovered what would become her trade mark. She was putting on her make-up and saw a blonde wig on the table next to her. She put it on but thought it looked silly. Just then the director Rex Ingram (who was already an admirer, both personally and professionally) walked in and saw her in it. He insisted she wear it in the film. Alice wasn't convinced until she saw the rushes the next day. "When I appeared on the screen, I looked so different, and from that time I never got rid of the wig."
Alice Terry made 29 films, not counting 4 appearances as an extra. Of these 29, 17 are lost films. Six exist in archives around the world and six survive on video and on television broadcast release.

Salary (1)

Alimony (1917) $7 .50 per day

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