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Sheila Terry (actress)

Sheila Terry (actress)

Sheila Terry (actress)
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Intro Actress
A.K.A. Kay Clark
Was Actor Stage actor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 5 March 1910, Warroad, Roseau County, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Death 19 January 1957, New York City, New York, U.S.A. (aged 46 years)
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Sheila Terry (March 5, 1910 – January 19, 1957) was an American film actress. She was born Kay Clark in Warroad, Minnesota.


Terry first studied dramatics at Dickson-Kenwin academy, a school affiliated with London's Royal Academy. Later she moved to New York, where she continued her studies and appeared in a number of plays. While appearing on Broadway in The Little Racketeer, she was spotted by an alert film scout and given a test which led to a contract with Warner Bros.

She played in 1930s for Warner Bros. She appeared with John Wayne in the Western films Haunted Gold (1932); Neath the Arizona Skies and The Lawless Frontier (1934). She appeared with Bette Davis, Louis Calhern and Spencer Tracy in Michael Curtiz's film 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932). She appeared with Cary Grant and Sylvia Sidney in Marion Gering's film Madame Butterfly (1932). She also played with Loretta Young, Thelma Todd, Gail Patrick, Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, William Powell, George Brent and Adolphe Menjou.

In 1933 she left Hollywood briefly for the New York stage.

Personal life

She married Major Laurence E. Clark, a wealthy Toronto socialite on August 16, 1928. She divorced him February 16, 1934.

In 1937, she married William Magee of San Francisco, and retired from show business. After his death, Terry wanted to return to show business, but couldn't find a job.

In 1947, she said in a newspaper-interview: "I'm going back into show business and I need an act, I can't sing, I can't dance and I can't play the piano. I should be terrific in night clubs".

She worked as a press agent for 15 years.


In January 1957, her body was discovered in the third floor apartment, which was both her home and office. A friend and neighbour, Jerry Keating, went to the apartment when he failed to reach her on the telephone. The door was locked, and Terry did not answer the bell. Keating called the police; they broke in and found Terry's body on the bedroom floor, her back leaning against the bed. Five capsules, their contents gone, were on the floor beside her.

Friends told the police that she returned from a trip to Mexico a few days before her death and that she was ill when she came home. It was later discovered that she died broke; she left only a scanty wardrobe. She was buried in Potter's Field in New York City.


  • Week-End Marriage (1932)
  • Jewel Robbery (1932)
  • Crooner (1932)
  • Two Against the World (1932)
  • Big City Blues (1932)
  • A Scarlet Week-End (1932)
  • Three on a Match (1932)
  • Scarlet Dawn (1932)
  • They Call It Sin (1932)
  • You Said a Mouthful (1932)
  • I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
  • Haunted Gold (1932)
  • 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)
  • Madame Butterfly (1932)
  • The Match King (1932)
  • Lawyer Man (1933)
  • Parachute Jumper (1933)
  • The Sphinx (1933)
  • The Silk Express (1933)
  • Private Detective 62 (1933)
  • The Mayor of Hell (1933)
  • The House on 56th Street (1933)
  • Convention City (1933)
  • Son of a Sailor (1933)
  • Take the Stand (1934)
  • Rocky Rhodes (1934)
  • When Strangers Meet (1934)
  • The Lawless Frontier (1934)
  • 'Neath the Arizona Skies (1934)
  • A Scream in the Night (1935)
  • Rescue Squad (1935)
  • Social Error (1935)
  • Society Fever (1935)
  • Bars of Hate (1935)
  • Murder on a Bridle Path (1936)
  • Special Investigator (1936)
  • Go-Get-'Em, Haines (1936)
  • Fury Below (1936)
  • A Girl's Best Years (1936)
  • Hit the Saddle (1937)
  • Sky Racket (1937)
  • I Demand Payment 1938
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