Classic Film Club


Teresa Wright




Teresa Wright was born Muriel Teresa Wright in New York City in 1918.    Her father was an insurance agent.    Her parents divorced when she was young and she grew up with relatives in New Jersey.    While in high school, she became interested in acting and spent her summers working in regional theater productions.

Following her high school graduation in 1938, she was hired as an understudy for the Broadway play Our Town.    She took over the role when the actress Martha Scott went to Hollywood to appear in the film version of the play.

Wright appeared in 7 Broadway productions through 1992 and received a Drama Desk Award for her performance in Morning's at Seven (1980-1981). Her other starring stage roles include:

She was signed by Samuel Goldwyn for the 1941 film adaptation of The Little Foxes and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.

In 1942, she was again nominated for an Oscar as Best Actress for The Pride of the Yankees, playing opposite Gary Cooper.   That same year, she also won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar as Greer Garson's daughter-in-law in Mrs. Miniver.    No actor has ever duplicated her feat of receiving an Oscar nomination for each of their first three films.

Wright rebelled against the studio system of the time and was fired by producer Samuel Goldwyn in 1948.    Her career stature diminished, Wright continued to struggle with a string of unsuccessful films.

After 1959, she worked mainly in television and on the stage. She was nominated for Emmys in 1957, 1960 and 1989.

Wright married the writer Niven Busch in 1942.    They had two children and were divorced in 1952.    She then married the playwright Robert Anderson in 1959.    They divorced in 1978.

She died of a heart attack New Haven, Connecticut, in 2005.  Wright was 86 years old.

Other Pictures

Teresa Wright (1946)



The Little Foxes

The Little Foxes
  • The Little Foxes
  • 1941
  • Bette Davis stars as a scheming wife who tries to bully her sickly, estranged husband into a business deal with her siblings.

    Directed by William Wyler.

The Pride of the Yankees

The Pride of the Yankees
  • The Pride of the Yankees
  • 1942
  • This bio-pic tells the story of the great baseball player Lou Gehrig. Gary Cooper stars.

Mrs. Miniver

Mrs. Miniver
  • Mrs. Miniver
  • 1942
  • Mrs. Miniver has a storybook life in England until World War II hits and she finds herself trying to protect her family in the midst of an air war with Germany. Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon star.

Shadow of a Doubt

Shadow of a Doubt
  • Shadow of a Doubt
  • 1943
  • A much loved uncle shows up to stay with his sister's family. The eldest daughter begins to suspect something sinister is going on. Alfred Hitchcock directs Theresa Wright and Joseph Cotten.

The Best Years of Our Lives

The Best Years of Our Lives
  • The Best Years of Our Lives
  • 1946
  • Three WWII veterans must face the postwar world as they try to re-adjust to civilian life. William Wyler directs Myrna Loy, Fredric March and Dana Andrews.
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