Helen Luella Koford (born January 7, 1929), known as Terry Moore, is an American film and television actress.

Early life

Born January 7, 1929, in Glendale, California, as Helen Luella Koford, Moore grew up in a Mormon family in Los Angeles, California. She worked as a child model before making her film debut in Maryland in 1940. Moore was billed as Judy Ford, Jan Ford, and January Ford before taking Terry Moore as her name in 1948.


A photo of actress Terry Moore in 2015
Moore in 2015

Moore worked in radio in the 1940s, most memorably as Bumps Smith on The Smiths of Hollywood. She has starred in several box-office hits, including Mighty Joe Young (1949), Come Back, Little Sheba (1952) (for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress), and Peyton Place (1957). She appeared on the cover of Life magazine for July 6, 1953, as "Hollywood's sexy tomboy". Moore's photo was used on the cover of the second issue of the My Diary romance comic book (cover dated March 1950).[3][4]

During the 1950s, Moore worked steadily in films such as The Great Rupert (1950), Two of a Kind (1951), Man on a Tightrope (1953), Daddy Long Legs (1955), Between Heaven and Hell (1956), Bernardine (1957), A Private's Affair (1959) and Why Must I Die? (1960).

By the 1960s, Moore's film career had faltered. She had begun to appear less frequently in films. However, she did make films such as Platinum High School (1960), She Should Have Stayed in Bed (1963), Black Spurs (1965), Town Tamer (1965), Waco (1966) and A Man Called Dagger (1967). Lacking film roles, Moore appeared on television. In 1962, she appeared as a rancher's daughter in the NBC Western Empire. She also appeared on the NBC interview program Here's Hollywood.

After the 1960s, Moore semiretired from acting, only completing two films in the 1970s; by the 1980s, though, her career had resumed with minor roles in low-budgeted B-movies. Moore has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7080 Hollywood Blvd.

At age 55, Moore posed nude in the August 1984 issue of Playboy magazine, photographed by Ken Marcus. In 2014, she guest-starred in the role of Lilly Hill on the crime series True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey.[5]

Personal life

Moore's first marriage, in 1951 to American football player and Heisman Trophy winner Glenn Davis (known as Mr. Outside when he played at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point), lasted one year. A subsequent marriage to Eugene McGarth, in 1956, lasted three years. One year after this marriage ended, Moore married Stuart Cramer after his divorce from Jean Peters;[6] one of the two children from this 13-year marriage is actor Grant Cramer. Following the dissolution of this marriage in 1972, Moore did not remarry for 20 years. Her 1992 marriage to Jerry Rivers lasted until his death in 2001.[citation needed]

Moore became the subject of public attention as a result of her relationship with Howard Hughes.[7] According to Moore, she and Hughes were married in 1949 in a ceremony performed by a ship captain in international waters.[8] Moore has said that Hughes destroyed the ship's log that recorded the marriage, and they separated from each other by 1956,[9] but she and Hughes were never divorced.[7] Moore has explained her subsequent marriages during Hughes' lifetime by saying, "I didn't care whether I was a bigamist or not, frankly. I mean, my desire to have children was that strong."[9]

The Texas courts rejected Moore's claim of being Hughes' widow based on judicial estoppel; since Moore had claimed in her divorce from Cramer to have been married to him in 1959 and received a property settlement in that case, her claim that she was married to Hughes at the time was inconsistent with that and would not be accepted.[10] Nevertheless, the Hughes heirs agreed that Moore had had a long-term relationship with Hughes and agreed to a financial settlement with her.[11] Moore described the settlement as "not more than eight figures",[12] although a biography of Hughes implies that the settlement was $350,000.[11]

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Comments
1940 Maryland Uncredited
The Howards of Virginia Neighbor Girl Uncredited
1942 On the Sunny Side Little Girl Uncredited
My Gal Sal Carrie Dreiser Uncredited
A-Haunting We Will Go Dante's Young Admirer Uncredited
1943 True to Life Little Girl Uncredited
1944 Gaslight Paula Alquist - Age 14 Uncredited
Since You Went Away Refugee Child on Train Uncredited
1945 The Clock Girl at Museum Uncredited
Son of Lassie Thea Credited as Helen Koford
1946 Shadowed Virginia 'Ginny' Johnson Credited as Helen Koford
1947 The Devil on Wheels Rusty Davis Credited as Jan Ford
1948 The Return of October Terry Ramsey From now on credited as Terry Moore
1949 Mighty Joe Young Jill Young
1950 The Great Rupert Rosalinda Amendola
He's a Cockeyed Wonder Judy Sears
1951 Gambling House Lynn Warren
Two of a Kind Kathy McIntyre
Sunny Side of the Street Betty Holloway
The Barefoot Mailman Adie Titus
1952 Come Back, Little Sheba Marie Buckholder Nominated: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1953 Beneath the 12-Mile Reef Gwyneth Rhys
King of the Khyber Rifles Susan
1955 Daddy Long Legs Linda Pendleton
Shack Out on 101 Kotty
The United States Steel Hour Caroline Schwendinger Episode: "Scandal at Peppernut"
1956 Portrait of Alison Alison Ford
Between Heaven and Hell Jenny Gifford
The 20th Century Fox Hour Ann Winslow Episode: "The Moneymaker"
1957 Bernardine Jean Cantrick
Peyton Place Betty Anderson
1958 Studio One Annabelle Episode: "The Man Who Asked for a Funeral"
1959 Rawhide Dallas Episode: "Incident Of The Tumbleweed" (Season 1 Episode 19 January 1959)
Cast a Long Shadow Janet Calvert
A Private's Affair Louise Wright
1960 Platinum High School Jennifer Evans Alternative title: Trouble at Sixteen
Why Must I Die? Lois King
1961 The Rebel Janice Episode: "The Executioner"
1962–1963 Empire Connie Garrett 20 episodes
1963 Burke's Law Sarah Kingston Episode: "Who Killed Eleanora Davis?"
1965 Black Spurs Anna
Town Tamer Susan Tavenner Co-starred with Dana Andrews
City of Fear Suzan
1966 My Three Sons Eleanor Episode: "Steve and the Huntress"
Waco Dolly
The Virginian Alma Wilson Episode: "High Stakes"
1967 Batman Venus 3 episodes
1968 A Man Called Dagger Harper Davis
1970 Quarantined Martha Atkinson Television movie
Bonanza Lydia Yates Episode: "Gideon the Good"
1976 Smash-Up on Interstate 5 Trudy Television movie
1978 Death Dimension Madam Maria
1983 Matt Houston Emily Armor Episode: "A Novel Way to Die"
Knight Rider Molly Friedrich Episode: "K.I.T.T. the Cat"
Fantasy Island Audrey Wilkins Episode: "The Butler's Affair/Roarke's Sacrifice"
1985 Hellhole Sidnee Hammond
1988 Wiseguy Dr. Leitner Episode: "Phantom Pain"
1989 Going Overboard Mistress
American Boyfriends Al Walker
Beverly Hills Brats Veronica
1991 Marilyn & Me Woman at Hyde's Funeral Television movie
1995 American Southern Peggin
1998 Mighty Joe Young Elegant Woman at Party
Second Chances Dallas Taylor Judd
1999 Final Voyage Christina
2000 Stageghost Olive
2006 Kill Your Darlings Ella Toscana
The Still Life Mrs. Stratford
2007 The Desert Rose Jamie Shaw
2009 Ariel Liz
2010 Dewitt & Maria Terry
2012 Margarine Wars Miriam Cuningham
2014 Aimy in a Cage Grandma
True Detective Lilly Hill Episode: "Form and Void"
Mansion of Blood Natalie
2016 Ray Donovan Nazani Minassian Episode: "Norman Saves the World"
Merrily Betty Clurman TBA


  1. ^ "Actress Terry Moore wins part of Hughes' wealth". The Telegraph. May 25, 1983. 
  2. ^ Hack, Richard (2007). Hughes: The Private Diaries, Memos and Letters. Phoenix Books. pp. 387–88. ISBN 9781597775496. 
  3. ^ Brevoort, Tom; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1950s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 51. ISBN 978-0756641238. 
  4. ^ "GCD :: Issue :: My Diary #2". comics.org. 
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2790254/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_9
  6. ^ McCarthy, Todd (2000). Howard Hawks: The Grey Fox of Hollywood. Grove Press. p. 659. ISBN 978-0-8021-3740-1. 
  7. ^ a b "Howard Hughes Kept Scores of Secrets, and Terry Moore Claims She Was One of Them". People.com. 1976-04-26. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  8. ^ Brewton, Pete (1981-09-05). "Jury Divvies Howard Hughes' Fortune After an Heir Raid in Texas Court". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  9. ^ a b Endrst, James (2000-07-09). "Howard Hughes' widow clinging to the memories of the recluse". Deseret News. The Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  10. ^ Moore v. Neff, 629 S.W.2d 827 (Tex. Ct. App. 1982).
  11. ^ a b Hack, Richard (2007). Hughes: The Private Diaries, Memos and Letters. Beverly Hills, Calif.: Phoenix Books. p. 387. ISBN 1597775495. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  12. ^ Scott, Vernon. "Howard Hughes' 'wife' claims settlement". UPI.com. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 

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