About Me

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

Early life

Born January 7, 1929, in Glendale, California, as Helen Luella Koford, Ms. 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. Ms. Moore was billed as Judy Ford, Jan Ford, and January Ford before taking Terry Moore as her name in 1948.


Ms. 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”. Ms. Moore’s photo was used on the cover of the second issue of the My Diary romance comic book (cover dated March 1950).

During the 1950s, Ms. Moore worked steadily in films like 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, Ms. Moore’s film career had faltered. She had begun to appear less frequently in films. However, she did make films like Platinum High School (1960), She Should Have Stayed in Bed (1963), Black Spurs (1965), Waco (1966), and A Man Called Dagger (1967). Lacking film roles, Ms. 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, Ms. Moore semi retired from acting, only completing two films in the 1970s; though by the 1980s her career had resumed with minor roles in low-budgeted B-movies. Ms. Moore has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7080 Hollywood Blvd.

In 2014, she guest starred in the role of Lilly Hill on the crime series True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey.

Personal life

Ms. Moore’s first marriage, in 1951 to American football player and Heisman Trophy winner Glenn Davis, lasted one year. A subsequent marriage to Eugene McGarth, in 1956, lasted three years. One year after this marriage ended, Ms. Moore married Stuart Cramer after his divorce from Jean Peters; one of the two children from this 13-year marriage is actor Grant Cramer. Following the dissolution of this marriage in 1972, Ms. Moore did not remarry for 20 years. Her 1992 marriage to Jerry Rivers lasted until his death in 2001.

At age 55, Ms. Moore posed nude in the August 1984 issue of Playboy magazine, photographed by Ken Marcus.