Helen Luella Koford
January 7, 1929
|Other names||Judy Ford, Jan Ford,|
(m. 1951; div. 1952)
(m. 1956; div. 1958)
(m. 1959; div. 1972)
(m. 1979; div. 1980)
(m. 1992; died 2001)
|Howard Hughes (1949-1976; disputed marriage)|
|Children||2, including Grant Cramer|
Helen Luella Koford (born January 7, 1929), known professionally as Terry Moore, is an American film and television actress. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Come Back, Little Sheba (1952).
She is one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
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 (1940). Moore was billed as Judy Ford, Jan Ford, and January Ford before taking Terry Moore as her name in 1948.
Moore's early appearances include The Howards of Virginia (1940), On the Sunny Side (1942), My Gal Sal (1942), A-Haunting We Will Go (1942), True to Life (1943), Gaslight (1944) (playing Ingrid Bergman as a child), Since You Went Away (1944), Sweet and Low-Down (1944), and The Clock (1945). As Helen Koford, she had a supporting role in Son of Lassie (1945) and Shadowed (1946). As "Jan Ford" she was billed third in The Devil on Wheels (1947) at Monogram. She was uncredited in Heartaches (1948) and Summer Holiday (1948).
Moore worked in radio in the 1940s, most memorably as Bumps Smith on The Smiths of Hollywood.
Moore's career received a boost when Columbia Pictures signed her to a long-term contract. She had the lead in The Return of October (1948) with Glenn Ford, playing a character called Terry Ramsey, after which Terry became her stage name.
Moore was borrowed by RKO to star in Mighty Joe Young (1949), a film about a giant gorilla that won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. George Pal cast her in The Great Rupert (1950) with Jimmy Durante.
At Columbia, Moore co-starred with Mickey Rooney in He's a Cockeyed Wonder (1950). She also did Gambling House (1950) with Victor Mature at RKO, Two of a Kind (1951), Sunny Side of the Street (1951), and The Barefoot Mailman (1951).
Moore played Marie Buckholder in Come Back, Little Sheba (1952), produced by Hal Wallis, with Burt Lancaster and Shirley Booth as co-stars. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.
Moore began appearing in television shows like The Ford Television Theatre and appeared on the cover of Life magazine on July 6, 1953, as "Hollywood's sexy tomboy". Her photo was used on the cover of the second issue of the My Diary romance comic book (cover dated March 1950).
Elia Kazan cast Moore in the female lead for Man on a Tightrope (1953). That was made by 20th Century Fox who signed Moore to a long-term contract. They gave her the female lead in Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953), the second film in CinemaScope and a big hit. Also popular was King of the Khyber Rifles (1953) with Tyrone Power.
Between Heaven and Hell (1956) reunited her with Robert Wagner, the leading man in Beneath the 12-Mile Reef. She guest-starred on TV shows like The 20th Century-Fox Hour, General Electric Theater, Playhouse 90, Climax!, Studio One in Hollywood, and Rawhide.
Fox used her in Bernardine (1957) with Pat Boone and Peyton Place (1957) with Lana Turner. They then put her in the less popular A Private's Affair (1959). She was Audie Murphy's leading lady in Cast a Long Shadow (1959).
Other appearances during this period include Black Spurs (1965), Town Tamer (1965), Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, Waco (1966), and A Man Called Dagger (1968) as well as episodes of The Virginian, and Batman.
In the 1980s Moore's roles included appearances in Double Exposure (1982), Hellhole (1985), Going Overboard (1989), American Boyfriends (1989), and Jake Spanner, Private Eye (1989) and episodes of Matt Houston, Knight Rider, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, True Confessions, and Wiseguy.
She appeared in and did the story for Beverly Hills Brats (1989).
She produced but did not appear in America's Funniest Home Videos and Nandi (1998).
In the 2000s, Moore's appearances include roles in Stageghost (2000), Kill Your Darlings (2006), The Still Life (2006), Dewitt & Maria (2010), a guest-starring role as Lilly Hill on the crime series True Detective (2014), Aimy in a Cage (2015), Ray Donovan, and Silent Life (2019).
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 , in 1956, lasted three years. One year after this marriage ended, Moore married Stuart Cramer after his divorce from Jean Peters; they had two children together, Stuart Cramer IV and actor Grant Cramer, before divorcing in 1972. In 1979, Moore claimed to have married Richard F. Carey, in Mexico; he disappeared a few days later, having swindled her and others out of their money. Her 1992 marriage to Jerry Rivers lasted until his death in 2001.
Moore became the subject of public attention as a result of her relationship with Howard Hughes. According to Moore, she and Hughes were married in 1949 in a ceremony performed by a ship captain in international waters. Moore has said that Hughes destroyed the ship's log that recorded the marriage, and they separated from each other by 1956, but she and Hughes were never divorced. 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."
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. Nevertheless, the Hughes heirs agreed that Moore had had a long-term relationship with Hughes and agreed to a financial settlement with her. Moore described the settlement as "not more than eight figures"; a biography of Hughes implies that the settlement was $350,000.
|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||Since You Went Away||Refugee Child on Train||Uncredited|
|Gaslight||Paula Alquist (age 14)||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"|
|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 1, 9 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?"|
|Town Tamer||Susan Tavenner||Co-starred with Dana Andrews|
|City of Fear||Suzan|
|1966||My Three Sons||Eleanor||Episode: "Steve and the Huntress"|
|The Virginian||Alma Wilson||Episode: "High Stakes"|
|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"|
|1988||Wiseguy||Dr. Leitner||Episode: "Phantom Pain"|
|American Boyfriends||Al Walker|
|Beverly Hills Brats||Veronica|
|1991||Marilyn & Me||Woman at Hyde's Funeral||Television movie|
|1998||Mighty Joe Young||Elegant Woman at Party|
|Second Chances||Dallas Taylor Judd|
|2006||Kill Your Darlings||Ella Toscana|
|The Still Life||Mrs. Stratford|
|2007||The Desert Rose||Jamie Shaw|
|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"|
|2019||Silent Life||Lady in Black|