The best movies, life, career of a beautiful actress.. Teresa Wright



10.Somewhere in Time

Dir. by Jeannot Szwarc (1980), starring Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer & William H. Macy

Somewhere in Time is a 1980 romantic fantasy film directed by Jeannot Szwarc. It is a film adaptation of the 1975 novel Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson, who also wrote the..


Dir. by Raoul Walsh (1947), starring Robert Mitchum, Teresa Wright & Judith Anderson

Pursued is a 1947 film that combines western film noir and psychological melodrama. The picture was directed by Raoul Walsh and features Teresa Wright, Robert Mitchum, Judith

8.The Good Mother

Dir. by Leonard Nimoy (1988), starring Matt Damon, Liam Neeson & Diane Keaton

The Good Mother is a 1988 American drama film and an adaptation of Sue Miller’s novel of the same name. Directed by Leonard Nimoy, the film stars Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson in the..

7.The Pride of the Yankees

Dir. by Sam Wood (1942), starring Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper & Bill Dickey

The Pride of the Yankees is a 1942 American film directed by Sam Wood and starring Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, and Walter Brennan. It is a tribute to the legendary New York Yankees first baseman..

6.The Men

Dir. by Fred Zinnemann (1950), starring Marlon Brando, Teresa Wright & Jack Webb

The Men is a 1950 film directed by Fred Zinnemann. It tells the story of a World War II lieutenant, who is seriously injured in combat, and the struggles he faces as he attempts to re-enter..

5.The Little Foxes

Dir. by William Wyler (1941), starring Bette Davis, Teresa Wright & Dan Duryea

The Little Foxes is an American drama film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Lillian Hellman is based on her 1939 play of the same name. Hellman’s ex-husband Arthur Kober…

4.The Rainmaker

Dir. by Francis Ford Coppola (1997), starring Matt Damon, Claire Danes & Mickey Rourke

The Rainmaker is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Matt Damon, based on the 1995 novel of the same name by John Grisham. Danny…

3.Mrs. Miniver

Dir. by William Wyler (1942), starring Greer Garson, Teresa Wright & Walter Pidgeon

Mrs. Miniver is a 1942 American romantic war drama film directed by William Wyler, and starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. Based on the 1940 novel Mrs. Miniver by Jan

2.Shadow of a Doubt

Dir. by Alfred Hitchcock (1943), starring Alfred Hitchcock, Teresa Wright & Joseph Cotten

Shadow of a Doubt is a 1943 American psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten. Written by Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson, and Alma…

1.The Best Years of Our Lives

Dir. by William Wyler (1946), starring Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright & Fredric March

The Best Years of Our Lives is a 1946 American drama film directed by William Wyler and starring Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, and Harold…


Sweet and sensitive Teresa Wright made her Broadway debut as an understudy in Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” and, after touring in that play, attracted the attention of Samuel Goldwyn while playing the ingenue in the original Broadway production of “Life with Father.” She made a sensational transition to screen acting, earning a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination for her film.
Teresa Wright was the second actress to receive dual Academy Award moninations in the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress category in 1942. The first was Fay Bainter in 1938.
“Really, the response to [‘The Rainmaker’] has been so lovely that it makes me think that people are in need of something they can respond to emotionally, but not feel they had to live through a hurricane or something to have that feeling … “Francis [Coppola] likes to have a lot of rehearsal to get people relating to each other, which is so unusual these days. My first two films I worked with Willie Wyler and then with Hitchcock [‘Shadow of a Doubt’] and they rehearsed a lot, and the difference from others that did not rehearse as much is quite obvious to me … “I get an awful lot of scripts for television stuff and after you’ve played one woman in an old-age home you don’t want to do another. There’s no depth to those roles. It’s not very rewarding.” –Teresa Wright quoted in Los Angeles Times, December 28, 1997.

In autumn 1939, Wright began a two-year appearance in the stage play Life with Father, playing the role of Mary Skinner. It was there that she was discovered by Samuel Goldwyn, who came to see her in the show she had been appearing in for almost a year. Goldwyn would later recall his first encounter with her backstage:

The aforementioned Teresa Wright shall not be required to pose for photographs in a bathing suit unless she is in the water. Neither may she be photographed running on the beach with her hair flying in the wind. Nor may she pose in any of the following situations: In shorts, playing with a cocker spaniel; digging in a garden; whipping up a meal; attired in firecrackers and holding skyrockets for the Fourth of July; looking insinuatingly at a turkey for Thanksgiving; wearing a bunny cap with long ears for Easter; twinkling on prop snow in a skiing outfit while a fan blows her scarf; assuming an athletic stance while pretending to hit something with a bow and arrow.

In 1941, Wright was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her film début in The Little Foxes. The following year, she was nominated again, this time for Best Actress for The Pride of the Yankees, in which she played opposite Gary Cooper as the wife of Lou Gehrig. The same year, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as the daughter-in-law of Greer Garson’s character in Mrs. Miniver. Wright is the first out of only nine actors who have been nominated in both categories in the same year. Her three Academy Award nominations and one Academy Award in her first three films is unique. She remains the only performer to have received Academy Award nominations for her first three films.

his new performance of hers, entirely lacking in big scenes, tricks, or obstreperousness—one can hardly think of it as acting—seems to me one of the wisest and most beautiful pieces of work I have seen in years. If the picture had none of the hundreds of other things it has to recommend it, I could watch it a dozen times over for that personality and its mastery alone.

Four years later, she would appear in another story of war veterans, Fred Zinnemann’s The Men (1950), which starred Marlon Brando in his film debut. In 1947, Wright appeared in the western Pursued opposite Robert Mitchum. The moody “Freudian western” was written by her first husband Niven Busch. The following year, she starred in Enchantment, a story of two generations of lovers in parallel romances. Wright received glowing reviews for her performance. Newsweek commented: “Miss Wright, one of the screen’s finest, glows as the Cinderella who captivated three men.” And The New York Times concluded: “Teresa Wright plays with that breathless, bright-eyed rapture which she so remarkably commands.”

In December 1948, after rebelling against the studio system that brought her fame, Teresa Wright had a public falling out with Samuel Goldwyn, which resulted in the cancellation of Wright’s contract with his studio. In a statement published in The New York Times, Goldwyn cited as reasons her refusal to publicize the film Enchantment, and her being “uncooperative” and refusing to “follow reasonable instructions”. In her written response, Wright denied Goldwyn’s charges and expressed no regret over losing her $5,000 per week contract.

I would like to say that I never refused to perform the services required of me; I was unable to perform them because of ill health. I accept Mr. Goldwyn’s termination of my contract without protest—in fact, with relief. The types of contracts standardized in the motion picture industry between players and producers are archaic in form and absurd in concept. I am determined never to set my name to another one … I have worked for Mr. Goldwyn seven years because I consider him a great producer, and he has paid me well, but in the future I shall gladly work for less if by doing so I can retain my hold upon the common decencies without which the most glorified job becomes intolerable.

Years later, in an interview with The New York Post, Wright recalled: “I was going to be Joan of Arc, and all I proved was that I was an actress who would work for less money.” For her next film, The Men (1950), instead of the $125,000 she had once commanded, she received $20,000.

Muriel Teresa Wright (October 27, 1918 – March 6, 2005)


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