Terry Moore is an American actress. 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. Moore was billed as Judy Ford, Jan Ford, and January Ford before taking Terry Moore as her name in 1948.
Moore worked in radio in the 1940s, most memorably as Bumps Smith on The Smiths of Hollywood. Most of her films were B-pictures, but several were box office hits, including Mighty Joe Young, Come Back, Little Sheba – for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Peyton Place. In 1962 she appeared as a rancher’s daughter in the NBC Western drama Empire, opposite Richard Egan and Ryan O’Neal. Moore has worked steadily throughout her career, usually in minor roles in small films. She appeared on the NBC interview program Here’s Hollywood.
Moore lived with Howard Hughes briefly in a small duplex or cabin at his Tule Springs Ranch near Las Vegas, Nevada. After he died in 1976, Moore claimed that they married secretly in 1949, and never divorced. She failed to provide any evidence of a marriage, but the Hughes’s estate paid her a settlement in 1984.