Terry Huntingdon competed at the Miss California USA 1959 pageant, where she ended up walking away with the title. After winning Miss California USA, she was sent to represent the state at Miss USA.
Miss USA 1959, took place just two days before the Miss Universe Pageant final. On July 22, 1959, in Long Beach California Terry was crowned Miss USA 1959, becoming the first woman from Califonia to win the title, as well as the first Miss USA to win in her state. After being crowned Miss USA, Terry went off with the other Miss Universe finalists to start her prep and comition for the Miss Universe crown.
Miss Universe 1959, the last Miss Universe to take place in Long Beach California, Terry placed as second Runner-up, just two days after being crowned Miss USA. She did not win any other awards at Miss Universe.
Before Miss USA and Miss Universe, Terry graduated from Mt. Shasta High School as well as the University of California, Los Angeles where she majored in dance.
After her year as Miss USA 1959, Terry became an actress starring in films and television. Being seen in Perry Mason , "The Case of the Bartered Bikini, You Bet Your Life and The Three Stooges.