23 February 2024 5:39 PM
Terry Moore, 94, revealed her 'cruel' short-lived marriage with Howard Hughes from when they secretly married in 1949

The ex-wife of eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes recalled their grueling relationship that ended amid his ‘unthinkable and harmful’ behavior towards her.

Hollywood golden girl Terry Moore, 94, dished on her unsettling relationship with Hughes from when they secretly married in 1949.

The actress, who is best known for her 1952 film Come Back Little Sheba, tied the knot to the movie producer while on a boat overseas. But, documentation of their marriage was never found since Hughes reportedly tore up their marriage papers.

Recalling their short-lived eight-year marriage, Moore said it was all ‘very complicated’ before she left Hughes and he said ‘I do’ to Jean Peters in 1957.

Hughes died at 70-years-old in 1976 from kidney disease and Moore revealed she believes he deserved it after years of ‘manipulating’ her as a ‘young woman.’

Terry Moore, 94, revealed her ‘cruel’ short-lived marriage with Howard Hughes from when they secretly married in 1949

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Recalling their short-lived eight-year marriage, Moore said it was all ‘very complicated’ before she left Hughes and he said ‘I do’ to Jean Peters in 1957. Pictured: Moore with a photo of Hughes 

‘He was the most charming man you could ever find,’ Moore told PEOPLE. ‘He was also a liar. And he did unthinkable things. He did so many things that hurt me. Was he cruel? 

‘I guess you could say he was cruel but I didn’t know that he was cruel. He was just too much for me to handle. I was too naïve.’

Hughes, who spent his life building his empire and previously owning RKO studios, shrunk to 100 pounds before his death. He died while being airlifted to receive medical care.  

‘I think he paid for it in the end. He had a terrible death. He could manipulate so much. I was too young and too innocent,’ she told the news outlet. 

Recalling the first time she met Hughes, the actress said was out at a Hollywood restaurant in the 1940s with her then-boyfriend. 

‘My agent brought him [Hughes] over,’ Moore said. 

At the time, she believed Hughes presence at the restaurant was a coincidence. But over time has figured it may not have been.

‘We thought it was accidental but nothing was accidental with Howard. It was all set up,’ she said. 

‘It developed into a friendship and then into a great love,’ Moore told the news outlet. ‘You can’t be more eccentric than he was. Everything was bigger with him.’

It wasn’t too long until Moore and Hughes’ relationship took off on ‘dashing, exciting, adventurous’ dates. 

‘It was the first time I was ever in love,’ Moore recalled while adding he taught her how to fly an airplane. 

‘I would have been just as happy if it hadn’t had happened,’ she added. 

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The actress, who is best known for her 1952 film Come Back Little Sheba, tied the knot to the movie producer while on a boat overseas

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Hughes’ died at 70-years-old in 1976 from kidney disease and Moore revealed she believes he deserved it after years of ‘manipulating’ her as a ‘young’ woman.’ Pictured: Howard Hughes and Terry Moore

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Recalling the first time she met Hughes’s, the actress said was out at a Hollywood restaurant in the 1940s with her then-boyfriend. Pictured: Moore in 1949

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At the time, she believed Hughes presence at the restaurant was a coincidence. But over time has figured it may not have been since his actions were always calculated. Pictured: Howard Hughes

Reflecting on their marriage, Moore said a captain of a boat married them. She still isn’t sure if the marriage was valid due to Hughes destroying their papers. 

While Moore didn’t disclose further specifics about her taunting marriage, she never was able to verify the legitimacy of her relationship with Hughes.

Despite calling it quits before Hughes’ 1957 marriage to Peters, his sons gave her an undisclosed amount of money from the producer’s billion-dollar empire after he died. 

Moore said the amount was ‘not more than eight figures.’ 

But Hughes was one of the many men after Moore’s heart in the mid-1900s. According to the actress, she was once asked out by Elvis Presley. 

She rejected him because she ‘knew nothing would ever come of it.’ 

Aside from Presley, Hollywood’s golden boy Tyrone Power had always been on Moore’s horizon.

Power starred alongside Moore in the 1953 adventure film King of The Khyber Rifles. At the time, Moore was supposedly married to Hughes but didn’t shy away from revealing she believed he was ‘so sexy and beautiful.’ 

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But Hughes was one of the many men after Moore’s heart in the mid-1900s. Hollywood’s golden boy Tyrone Power had always been on Moore’s horizon. The two shared the spotlight in the 1953 film King of the Khyber Rifles 

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Moore has been acting since the age of 10 and doesn’t appear to be slowing down on his career anytime soon. Pictured: Moore on October 30 

Moore has been acting since the age of 10 and doesn’t appear to be slowing down on his career anytime soon. She is starring in the upcoming film, Silent Life: The Story of the Lady in Black.  

She plays the role of the lady in black known to visit Rudolph Valentino’s grave every year with a rose. 

Speaking to the news outlet she said, ‘I felt I had to do this part.’ Moore added: ‘My health is wonderful. I love to watch movies and exercise and read.’ 

Source : https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12009193/Ex-wife-billionaire-Howard-Hughes-claims-recluse-cruel.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490&rand=1270

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