Silent screen actress Alice Terry, who co-starred with such early movie idols as Rudolph Valentino and Ramon Novarro, has died in a Burbank hospital after a lengthy illness. She was 88.
Born Alice F. Taaffe in Vincennes, Ind., Miss Terry made her film debut in 1916, but did not rise to fame until she appeared in a series of movies directed by her husband, director Rex Ingram, in the 1920s. She had dark hair, but often wore a blond wig while performing on screen.
Among her film credits are "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse," opposite Valentino in 1921; "The Prisoner of Zenda," 1922; "The Arab," with Novarro, 1924, and "The Garden of Allah" in 1927. In all, she starred in at least 26 feature-length films.
Husband, Louis B. Mayer Feuded
Her career suffered, however, after a move to Europe in 1924, after a rift between her husband and film mogul Louis B. Mayer. It ended when the "talkies" brought an end to the silent film era in the late 1920s.