Terry Moore


Actor
Terry Moore

About

Also Known As
Judy Ford, Jan Ford, Helen Koford, Helen Luella Koford, Judith Ford
Birth Place
Los Angeles, California, USA
Born
January 07, 1929

Biography

Lively, full-figured lead of the post-WWII era, never a top star but one whose career, in retrospect, sums up much of 1950s attitudes about women, sexuality, and permissiveness. A photographer's child model, Moore entered films in 1940 in "Maryland" and played small parts in a variety of films under first her real name, and then as Judy Ford and Jan Ford. At 19 she played a girl convince...

Family & Companions

Howard Hughes
Husband
Industrialist, film producer. Met when Moore was 17 and secretly married when she was 18; marriage was kept secret for many years; died in 1976; the subject of Moore's book "The Beauty and the Billionaire"; Moore was declared Hughes' legal widow by a court; she later claimed she never obtained a legal divorce, therefore she committed serial bigamy in her later marriages.
Glenn Davis
Husband
Soccer player. Married in the early 1950s; divorced.
Eugene C McGrath
Husband
Divorced.
Stuart Cramer
Husband
Father of Moore's two sons; divorced.

Bibliography

"The Passions of Howard Hughes"
Terry Moore (1996)
"The Beauty and the Billionaire"
Terry Moore

Biography

Lively, full-figured lead of the post-WWII era, never a top star but one whose career, in retrospect, sums up much of 1950s attitudes about women, sexuality, and permissiveness. A photographer's child model, Moore entered films in 1940 in "Maryland" and played small parts in a variety of films under first her real name, and then as Judy Ford and Jan Ford. At 19 she played a girl convinced that her horse was the reincarnation of a dead uncle in the odd comedy "The Return of October" (1948). She attracted more attention the following year, however, in another strange, but decidedly better, film about a woman and her pet, "Mighty Joe Young" (1949). For many buffs, the most indelible image of Moore's career was of her born aloft by her bush-league King Kong, playing "Beautiful Dreamer" on a piano.

Although Moore began playing innocents, during her peak she often played boldly flirtatious ingenues, sometimes from the wrong side of the tracks, sometimes from "old money," whose burgeoning sexuality often leads her into fast cars with reckless Romeos who had been drinking too much at the prom. Sometimes her gallery of teases and tramps was to the betterment of the picture: well-cast, she copped an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress as the downstairs neighbor in "Come Back, Little Sheba" (1952). Moore also did well in a typical role in the surprisingly good small-town expose, "Peyton Place" (1957) and in very restrained and appealing supporting work in "Daddy Long Legs" (1955). But too often Moore was exploited for her vivacity and figure; as she approached 30 the cheerleader roles didn't suit her and, by the time of "Why Must I Die?" (1960), a revamp of the Susan Hayward hit "I Want to Live" (1958), she hadn't been groomed to move into tough melodrama territory.

Moore did the next best thing, TV, starring in the well-done proto-"Dallas" Western soaper, "Empire" (1962-64) and later bringing a professional seasoning to occasional leads and supporting roles in minor features ranging from "Town Tamer" (1965) to "Hellhole" (1984). Part of the sensationalistic aspect of Moore's persona had always been her private life: her three marriages and many beaus (including Henry Kissinger) had always been good tabloid material, and Moore again garnered attention when she wrote of her secret marriage to reclusive, eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. A woman of considerable drive, Moore ventured into cosmetics with a company called "Moore's More," appeared on the cover of a 1984 issue of Playboy and even formed a production company with partner Jerry Rivers, co-producing, acting in and co-writing the original story for the minor satire, "Beverly Hills Brats" (1989).

Filmography

 

Assistant Direction (Feature Film)

Holy Man (1998)
Assistant Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Celebrity Art Show 2007 (2006)
Buzz (2006)
The Children's Midsummer Night's Dream (2001)
Mighty Joe Young (1998)
Burt Lancaster: Daring To Reach (1996)
American Southern (1996)
Marilyn and Me (1991)
Father's Day (1990)
Margaret Rancourt
Jake Spanner, Private Eye (1989)
Beverly Hills Brats (1989)
My American Cousin (1986)
Al Walker
I-Man (1986)
Hellhole (1984)
Sidnee Hammond
Death Dimension (1978)
The Phantom Captain Appears (1978)
Smash Up on Interstate 5 (1976)
A Man Called Dagger (1968)
Harper Davis
Waco (1966)
Dolly
Town Tamer (1965)
Susan Tavenner
City of Fear (1965)
Suzan
Black Spurs (1965)
Anna
Platinum High School (1960)
Jennifer Evans
Why Must I Die? (1960)
Lois King
A Private's Affair (1959)
Louise
Cast a Long Shadow (1959)
Janet Calvert
The Big Show (1957)
Peyton Place (1957)
Betty Anderson
Bernardine (1957)
Jean Cantrick
Between Heaven and Hell (1956)
Jenny Gifford
Postmark for Danger (1956)
Alison Ford
Daddy Long Legs (1955)
Linda Pendleton
Shack Out on 101 (1955)
Kotty
King of the Khyber Rifles (1954)
Susan Maitland
Man on a Tightrope (1953)
Tereza Cernik
Come Back, Little Sheba (1953)
Marie Buckholder
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)
Gwyneth Rhys
Gambling House (1951)
Lynn Warren
Sunny Side of the Street (1951)
Betty Holloway
The Barefoot Mailman (1951)
Adie Titus
Two of a Kind (1951)
Kathy McIntyre
He's a Cockeyed Wonder (1950)
Judy Sears
The Great Rupert (1950)
Rosalinda [Amendola]
Mighty Joe Young (1949)
Jill Young
The Return of October (1948)
Terry Ramsey
Summer Holiday (1948)
Hat check girl
The Devil on Wheels (1947)
Rusty
Shadowed (1946)
Ginny Johnson
Son of Lassie (1945)
Thea
Since You Went Away (1944)
Refugee child
On the Sunny Side (1942)
Girl

Writer (Feature Film)

Beverly Hills Brats (1989)
From Story

Producer (Feature Film)

Beverly Hills Brats (1989)
Producer

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

A Cry in the Wild (1990)
Animal Handler (Stunts)

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Beautiful Dreamers (1991)
Wrangler

Cast (Special)

AMC Live: The Hollywood Auction (2001)
Auctioneer
Howard Hughes: His Women and His Movies (2000)
Las Vegas (1996)
Tyrone Power: The Last Idol (1996)
Unscripted Hollywood (1995)
Operation Entertainment (1954)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Second Chances (1998)

Producer (TV Mini-Series)

Second Chances (1998)
Producer

Film Production - Construction/Set (TV Mini-Series)

Proximity (2001)
Props

Casting (TV Mini-Series)

Second Chances (1998)
Casting

Life Events

1940

Made feature film debut in "Maryland"; was also in "The Howards of Virginia" that year; at the time known under her original name, Helen Koford

1942

Worked as "Judy Ford" in films including "My Gal Sal" (1942), "Gaslight" (1944) and "Son of Lassie" (1945)

1947

Billed as "Jan Ford" in the feature, "The Devil on Wheels"

1948

First film with the name "Terry Moore", "Return to October"

1949

Attracted attention in the film, "Mighty Joe Young"

1952

Received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for "Come Back, Little Sheba"

1960

Left feature film work for a time

1965

Returned to features with roles in "Black Spurs", "Town Tamer" and "City of Fear"

1984

Appeared on the cover of the August issue of <i>Playboy</i>

1988

Formed Moore/Rivers Productions with partner Jerry Rivers

1989

Producer, acted in and provided original story for the feature comedy, "Beverly Hills Brats"

1997

Filmed cameo in remake of "Mighty Joe Young"

Photo Collections

Shack Out on 101 - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Shack Out on 101 (1955), starring Terry Moore and Lee Marvin. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Man On A Tightrope (1953) - Czechoslovakia, 1952 Opening with noise and some scale, shooting on location in Bavaria, Germany, director Elia Kazan introduces leading man Fredric March as circus boss Cernik, Gloria Grahame his wife, Paul Hartman his aide, Terry Moore his daughter, Cameron Mitchell her friend, in the feature Kazan made after Viva Zapata! but before On The Waterfront, Man On A Tightrope, 1953.
Man On A Tightrope (1953) - Show Your Teeth! Ever-interesting work by director Elia Kazan, Gloria Grahame as the maybe-straying circus manager’s wife Zama, determined to flirt with the worried lion tamer (Alex D’Arcy), then another relationship emphasizing idyllic Bavarian locations, with the manager’s daughter Terry Moore and boyfriend Cameron Mitchell, in Man On A Tightrope, 1953.
Come Back, Little Sheba (1953) - Mostly Disappointed Men Perhaps the first indication that recovering alcoholic Doc (Burt Lancaster) is losing patience with frumpy wife Lola (Shirley Booth), talking about his AA program when tension is maybe relieved by new boarder Marie (Terry Moore), in Come Back, Little Sheba, from William Inge's first Broadway play.
Come Back, Little Sheba (1953) - The Way You Used To Be The end of the opening scene with housewife Lola (Shirley Booth) and potential boarder Marie (Terry Moore), then the introduction of Burt Lancaster as "Doc," by some standards his first legit acting role, in Come Back, Little Sheba, 1953, directed by Daniel Mann.
Mighty Joe Young (1949) -- Aren't You Afraid? Oklahoman Gregg (Ben Johnson) is kinda romancing new African friend Jill (Terry Moore) when his boss O'Hara (Robert Armstrong) and hunter Crawford (Denis Green) arrive to talk about her ape, in Mighty Joe Young, 1949.
Shack Out on 101 - Opening Credits Opening title sequence for director Edward Dein's Shack Out on 101, 1955, co-written by Dein's wife Mildred, starring Terry Moore, Frank Lovejoy, Lee Marvin and Keenan Wynn.
Shack Out on 101 - Kotty and Slob Though the audience can't know it, "Slob" (Lee Marvin) and Kotty (Terry Moore) are not strangers when he assaults her on the beach in Malibu in Shack Out on 101, 1955.
Shack Out on 101 - Happy With My Pecs Real-life pals Keenan Wynn and Lee Marvin (as boss George and chef "Slob") are pumping iron and trading barbs in the diner when waitress Kotty (Terry Moore) shows up in Shack Out on 101, 1955.
Shack Out on 101 - Behave Yourself! Roles are established as proprietor George (Keenan Wynn) deals with feuding employees "Slob" (Lee Marvin) and Kotty (Terry Moore) and her scientist boyfriend Sam (Frank Lovejoy) in Shack Out on 101, 1955.

Trailer

Family

Luella Bickmore
Mother
Actor, designer.
Stuart W Cramer
Son
Born on July 27, 1960; father, Stuart Cramer.
Grant Cramer
Son
Actor. Born November 10, 1961; father, Stuart Cramer; feature film credits include "Hardbodies" (1984), "Killer Klowns from Outer Space" (1988), "Hangfire" and "Driving Me Crazy" (both 1991).

Companions

Howard Hughes
Husband
Industrialist, film producer. Met when Moore was 17 and secretly married when she was 18; marriage was kept secret for many years; died in 1976; the subject of Moore's book "The Beauty and the Billionaire"; Moore was declared Hughes' legal widow by a court; she later claimed she never obtained a legal divorce, therefore she committed serial bigamy in her later marriages.
Glenn Davis
Husband
Soccer player. Married in the early 1950s; divorced.
Eugene C McGrath
Husband
Divorced.
Stuart Cramer
Husband
Father of Moore's two sons; divorced.
Henry Kissinger
Companion
Diplomat. Was US Secretary of State from 1973-77.
Jerry Rivers
Husband
Born c. 1948; died of a heart attack on July 14, 2001.

Bibliography

"The Passions of Howard Hughes"
Terry Moore (1996)
"The Beauty and the Billionaire"
Terry Moore