Alice Terry: Life Story and Glamorous Photos of the Silent Screen Actress

Alice Terry was an American film actress and film director. She started her acting career at the age of 15 in the silent era. Her career spanned over 17 years, and she has appeared in thirty-nine films.

Terry was a brunette and wore a blonde wig in the film ‘Hearts Are Trumps (1920)’ to make herself stand out from Francelia Billington, the other actress. After that role, she again wore the blonde wig as “Marguerite” in the film ‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)’, and the wig was kept for any future appearances.

Acting career

Terry made her film debut at the age of 15 with the movie ‘Not my Sister (1916)’. She also worked in a cutting room at Famous-Players-Lasky for two years. In the 1916 anti-war film ‘Civilization,’ Terry played several different characters. Alice gained worldwide acclaim in the movie ‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921), in which she portrayed the role of ‘Marguerite.’ During the 1920s, she appeared in several famous movies of the silent era including, ‘The Prisoner of Zenda (1922)’, ‘Scaramouche (1923)’, ‘The Great Divide (1924)’, and ‘Mare Nostrum (1926)’.

She received valuable assistance from Famous-Players-Lasky Company that most people are unaware of. Despite her inexperience, she managed to become an adept filmmaker. Terry helped so much with Ingram’s final film, his only talkie, Baroud (1933), that she was named co-director, and she directed every scene in which Ingram appeared. Despite her ability as an all-around filmmaker, Baroud didn’t take Alice’s abilities to the next level. Terry worked with Ramón Novarro, a beloved Mexican film star who gained fame as a “Latin lover” and became a symbol for sex after the death of Rudolph Valentino. She made her last appearance in the movie ‘Baroud (1933)’.

Personal life

Terry married famous Irish director Rex Ingram in 1921 during the production of ‘The Prisoner of Zenda.’ In 1923 Terry and Ingram decided to move to the French RivieraMGM, and others hired them to make films on location in North Africa, Spain, and Italy. They adopted a street child named Kada-Abd-el-Kader.

Terry’s sister Edna moved into the property on Kelsey Street after Ingram’s death and controlled her life. Terry fell in love with British actor Gerald Fieding, but Edna forbade her from moving with him. Edna started as an extra in movies and like her sister, but married a financial advisor and never went back to acting.

Alice Terry died of Alzheimer’s disease on December 22, 1987, in a California Hospital at 88. She is buried in the Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Below are some glamorous photos of Alice Terry from her life and career.

#4 Alice Terry with Italian actor and dancer Rodolfo Valentino in the movie ‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’, 1921.

#5 Alice Terry with Rudolph Valentino in ‘The Conquering Power’, 1921.

#7 Alice Terry with Ramon Novarro in the movie ‘Scaramouche’, 1923.

#8 Alice Terry with Ramon Navarro in the movie ‘Where the Pavement Ends’, 1923.

#9 Alice Terry plays Aline de Kercadiou in the 1923 silent film Scaramouche, 1923.

#10 Alice Terry with her husband Rex Ingram in London, 1923.

#11 Alice Terry with Rex Ingram during the filming of ‘The Arab’, 1924.

#12 Alice Terry drives to the studio where she will be working on the MGM film ‘The Great Divide’, 1924.

#13 Alice Terry has body paint applied by a make-up artist before filming commences, 1924.

#14 Alice Terry models an imported coat of satin faced canton with a deep flounce skirt, bell cuffs and a unique collar, Hollywood, California, 1924.

#15 Alice Terry tries to rebuff the advances of Wallace Beery n a scene from the MGM film ‘The Great Divide’, 1925.

#16 Alice Terry with Paul Darde, the leading European sculptor and his enormous creation which is part of the equipment for her forthcoming film ‘The Magician’, 1925.

#17 Alice Terry and George Cooper in a scene from the movie “The Great Divide”, 1925.

#18 Alice Terry wearing a fur coat with her pet dogs, 1925.

#22 Alice Terry with Ramon Novarro in the movie ‘The Arab’, 1924.

#23 Alice Terry with Rex Ingram, Ramon Novarro and a group of native actors during the filming of ‘The Arab’, 1924.

#24 Alice Terry with MGM Head Marcus Loew and actor Ramon Novarro on the SS Leviathan ocean liner, 1924.

#25 Alice Terry with Conway Tearle in the movie ‘The Great Divide’, 1925.

#26 Alice Terry discuss the next scene with director Reginald Barker, on the set of the MGM film ‘The Great Divide’, 1925.

#27 Alice Terry and Conway Tearle during the filming of ‘The Great Divide’, with director Reginald Barker, 1925.

#28 Alice Terry in the movie ‘Confessions of a Queen’, 1925.

#29 Alice Terry with Antonio Moreno on the set of ‘Mare Nostrum’, 1930.

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