Biography

Born Helen Luella Koford on January 7, 1929, the Los Angeles, California native worked as a model before she made her film debut at age 11 in 20th Century Fox's Maryland (1940). Throughout the 1940s, she worked under a variety of names (her own, Judy Ford and January Ford) before settling on Terry Moore in 1948. Placed under contract by Columbia, Moore was loaned out to RKO for one of her most famous films, RKO's Mighty Joe Young (1949); she received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Paramount's Come Back, Little Sheba (1952). In the 1970s, she was in the news more than she was in motion pictures, asserting that she was the secret wife of the late billionaire Howard Hughes. She has starred in 77 feature films and listed among her leading men are Hollywood's leading legends; including Burt Lancaster, John Wayne, Cary Grant, Tyrone Power, Glenn Ford, Mickey Rooney and Robert Wagner. Since she was a pilot herself, Terry played a major role in preparing Leonardo DiCaprio for his portrayal of Howard Hughes in The Aviator (2004).

Born Helen Luella Koford on January 7, 1929, the Los Angeles, California native worked as a model before she made her film debut at age 11 in 20th Century Fox's Maryland (1940). Throughout the 1940s, she worked under a variety of names (her own, Judy Ford and January Ford) before settling on Terry Moore in 1948. Placed under contract by Columbia, Moore was loaned out to RKO for one of her most famous films, RKO's Mighty Joe Young (1949); she received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Paramount's Come Back, Little Sheba (1952). In the 1970s, she was in the news more than she was in motion pictures, asserting that she was the secret wife of the late billionaire Howard Hughes. She has starred in 77 feature films and listed among her leading men are Hollywood's leading legends; including Burt Lancaster, John Wayne, Cary Grant, Tyrone Power, Glenn Ford, Mickey Rooney and Robert Wagner. Since she was a pilot herself, Terry played a major role in preparing Leonardo DiCaprio for his portrayal of Howard Hughes in The Aviator (2004).

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 71

Birthday 1929-01-07

Place of Birth Los Angeles - California - USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 Aimy in a Cage as Grandma Micry
2015 Mansion of Blood as Natalie
2014 True Detective (1 episode) as Lilly Hill
2007 The Still Life as Mrs. Stratford
2006 Kill Your Darlings as Ella Toscana
2005 Buzz
2003 Rita
2000 Stageghost as Olive
1998 Second Chances as Dallas Judd
1991 Marilyn and Me as Woman at Hyde's Funeral
1989 Beverly Hills Brats as Veronica
1987 Wiseguy (1 episode)
1987 W.A.R.: Women Against Rape as Mrs. McCormack
1985 Hellhole as Sidnee Hammond
1982 Matt Houston (1 episode)
1982 Knight Rider (1 episode) as Molly Friedrich
1978 Death Dimension as Madam Maria
1976 Smash-Up on Interstate 5
1972 The Daredevil as Julie Thompson
1970 The Weird World of Weird
1968 A Man Called Dagger as Harper Davis
1966 Waco as Dolly
1966 Batman (2 episodes)
1965 City of Fear as Suzan
1965 Town Tamer as Susan Tavenner
1965 Black Spurs as Anna Elkins
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1 episode)
1963 Burke's Law (3 episodes)
1962 Empire (32 episodes) as Connie Garrett
1962 The Virginian (1 episode)
1960 My Three Sons (1 episode)
1960 Why Must I Die as Lois King
1960 Platinum High School as Jennifer Evans
1959 The Rebel (1 episode)
1959 Cast A Long Shadow as Janet Calvert
1959 A Private's Affair as Louise Wright
1959 Rawhide (1 episode)
1957 Peyton Place as Betty Anderson
1957 Bernardine as Jean Cantrick
1956 Between Heaven and Hell as Jenny Gifford
1955 Shack Out on 101 as Kotty
1955 Portrait of Alison as Alison Ford
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour (1 episode)
1955 Daddy Long Legs as Linda Pendleton
1954 Climax! (3 episodes)
1953 King of the Khyber Rifles as Susan Maitland
1953 Beneath the 12-Mile Reef as Gwyneth Rhys
1953 Man on a Tightrope as Tereza Cernik
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1952 Come Back, Little Sheba as Marie Buckholder
1951 The Barefoot Mailman as Adie Titus
1951 Sunny Side of the Street as Betty Holloway
1951 Two of a Kind as Kathy McIntyre
1950 Gambling House as Lynn Warren
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (1 episode)
1950 The Great Rupert as Rosalinda Amendola
1950 He's a Cockeyed Wonder as Judy Sears
1949 Mighty Joe Young as Jill Young
1948 Studio One (1 episode)
1948 The Return of October as Terry Ramsey
1948 Summer Holiday as Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)
1947 The Devil On Wheels as Rusty Davis (as Jan Ford)
1946 Shadowed as Virginia 'Ginny' Johnson (as Helen Koford)
1945 Son of Lassie as Thea (as Helen Koford)
1944 Since You Went Away as Refugee Child on Train (uncredited)
1944 Gaslight as Paula Alquist, Age 14 (uncredited)
1943 True to Life as Little Girl
1942 A-Haunting We Will Go as Dante's Young Admirer (uncredited)
1942 My Gal Sal as Carrie Dreiser (uncredited)
1940 The Howards of Virginia as Neighbor Girl (uncredited)

Production

1989 America's Funniest Home Videos (585 episodes)Producer

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