Born 1900 in Vincennes, Indiana, American actress Alice Terry began her career during the silent film era, appearing in thirty-nine films between 1916 and 1933. While Terry’s trademark look was her blonde hair, she was actually a brunette, and put on her first blonde wig in Hearts Are Trumps (1920) to look different from Francelia Billington, the other actress in the film.
Terry played several different characters in the 1916 anti-war film Civilization, co-directed by Thomas H. Ince and Reginald Barker. She wore the blonde wig again in her most acclaimed role as “Marguerite” in film The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921), and kept the wig for any future roles.
In 1925 her husband Rex Ingram co-directed Ben-Hur, filming parts of it in Italy. The two decided to move to the French Riviera, where they set up a small studio in Nice and made several films on location in North Africa, Spain, and Italy for MGM and others. In 1933, Terry made her last film appearance in Baroud, which she also co-directed with her husband.
Alzheimer’s put a stop to Terry’s parties and fun and she eventually died in a Burbank, California, hospital in 1987. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Terry has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6628 Hollywood Boulevard.
Take a look at these beautiful photos to see portrait of a young Alice Terry in the early 20th century.