|~Portrait of Alice Terry~
|~Stars of the Photoplay, 1924~
Alice Terry, wife of the famous Metro director, Rex Ingram, was born in Vincennes, Indiana, in 1896.
Was educated in Washington. During her stage career she was a member of the Washington Square
Players. She first played extra parts in pictures under the name of Taafe. Her opportunity came in
"The Four Horsemen," and since then she has appeared in Ingram's "The Prisoner of Zenda," "The
Conquering Power," "Where the Pavement Ends," "Scaramouche" and "The Arab." She has reddish
brown hair and grey eyes. Height, five feet, three inches; weight, 125 pounds.
Born: July 24, 1899 in Vincennes, Indiana, USA
Died: December 22, 1987 in Burbank, California, USA
|~Los Angeles Times, 1987~
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
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
— Los Angeles Times Dec. 26, 1987