Sheila Terry dies: Her Sad Suicide

Sheila Terry passed away at the age of 49 due to suicide on January 19, 1957. She was discovered in her New York City apartment, with five sleeping pill capsules on the floor next to her. Prior to her death, Sheila had recently returned from a trip to Mexico and was reportedly unwell. Friends of hers shared this information with the authorities.

Born as Kathleen Eleanor Mulhern in Warroad, Minnesota on March 5, 1910, Sheila always had a passion for acting. Despite her ancestor being John Wycliffe, a Bible translator, she pursued her dreams and studied drama at the Dickson-Kenwin Academy in Toronto while in her teenage years. However, her wealthy uncle felt differently and urged her to become a teacher instead. To earn her inheritance, she returned to Minnesota to teach for a brief period of time before marrying Laurence Clark, a banker, on August 16, 1928 and moving to New York City. Her career finally took off when she landed a role in the play The Little Racketeer and was scouted by Warner Brothers. Her debut in the comedy film Week-End Marriage in 1932 marked the beginning of her journey to starring in over a dozen films, including Scarlet Dawn, Madame Butterfly, and Convention City alongside Joan Blondell.

Despite her passion for acting, Terry pursued a career in teaching at the request of her wealthy uncle. She received training in education and taught at a rural school between 1927 and 1929 to secure her inheritance. Unfortunately, her inheritance, which consisted of stocks, was wiped out during the stock market crash of 1929.

In 1928, Terry tied the knot with Major Laurence B. Clark, a wealthy socialite from Toronto. Sadly, the couple called it quits two years later, with their divorce finalized in 1934. Following her departure from show business after marrying San Francisco local William Magee in 1937, Terry found herself at a loss after his passing when seeking employment within the entertainment industry. Nevertheless, in 1947, she declared her intentions to return to the spotlight, sharing with a newspaper that she was “terrific in night clubs”. Despite her inability to sing, dance or play the piano, Terry went on to work as a press agent for 15 years.

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