Elizabeth A. Terry

08/20/2013 4:42 PM |

Elizabeth A. Terry died Aug. 19 at her home in Greenport. She was 85 years old.

Born in Calcutta, India, to British parents stationed there, she spent her early years growing up in a convent near the Nepalese border. In 1946, she sailed from Bombay to London, England, to live with her aunt and uncle during India’s civil unrest.

She quickly became a top model in England and, within a few years, starred alongside Dirk Bogarde in “For Better, For Worse,” a 1951 comedy. Despite being recognized as an up-and-coming movie star, she was a private person.

She moved to New York City in 1963 and worked at high-end fashion houses for several years, while raising her family. She then lived in Chicago for most of the 1970s before returning to New York, living in Bridgehampton and moving in 2010 to Peconic Landing in Greenport.

In the 1990s, she found she had an extraordinary talent for art, creating more than 50 drawings and paintings, many of which she sold at local art shows. She enjoyed painting landscapes that were inspired by her travels to more than 100 countries over the last 40 years with her husband.

Ms. Terry was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Peter, in 2012. She is survived by her sons, James, of New York City, and Stephen, of Northport; her sister, Cleone Browne, and brother, Peter Browne, both of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and three grandchildren.

Arrangements were private and handled by Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport.