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Alice Terry, born Alice Frances Taaffe in Vincennes, Indiana on July 29, 1899 was an American film actress who began her career during the silent film era, appearing in thirty-nine films between 1916 and 1933.
Terry made her film debut in 1916 in “Not My Sister”, opposite Bessie Barriscale and William Desmond Taylor. That same year, she played several different characters in the 1916 anti-war film “Civilization”, co-directed by Thomas H. Ince and Reginald Barker. In 1917, she met director Rex Ingram and in 1921 they were married during production of “The Prisoner of Zenda” which he directed and in which she appeared as Princess Flavia. The couple sneaked away over one weekend, were married in Pasadena, and returned to work promptly the following Monday. It was also in 1921 that Terry would gain great acclaim as Marguerite in “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” (1921) directed by Ingram and starring Rudolph Valentino. She would continue to play the heroine in films directed by her husband, such as “The Prisoner of Zenda” (1922) and “Scaramouche” (1923). In 1924, Metro would merge into the new MGM and both Ingram and Terry would go to there. There, she would make the “The Great Divide” (1924) with Wallace Beery and would be directed by Ingram in “The Arab” (1924), which was filmed in North Africa and owed much to the influence of screen idol Rudolph Valentino. Alice would get her chance to play the wicked woman in “Mare Nostrum” (1926) which was also directed by Ingram. Filmed in Italy and Spain, this film was both a critical and financial success. Ingram would make his third independent film in Italy when he directed Terry in “The Garden of Allah” (1927). Later that year, Alice would be reunited with Ramon Navarro in “Lovers” (1927). When sound came to the screen Terry and Ingram both retired, making their last film together in 1933, “Baroud”.
Alice Terry and Rex Ingram would remain married until his death in 1950. After Ingram’s death, Terry became romantically involved with actor Gerald Fielding, who bore a strong physical resemblance to her late husband. They were lovers until his death, at the age of forty-six, in 1956.
Alice Terry died on December 22, 1987 in Burbank, California of natural causes. She was interred in the Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Alice Terry has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6628 Hollywood Blvd.