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Teresa Wright

Best known for her performances in Mrs. Miniver (1942), Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt (1943) and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).

Teresa Wright

Filmography

1941      

The Little Foxes

 

1942      

Mrs. Miniver

The Pride of the Yankees

 

1943

Shadow of a Doubt

 

1944      

Casanova Brown

 

1946      

The Best Years of Our Lives

 

1947      

Pursued

The Imperfect Lady

The Trouble with Women

 

1948      

Enchantment

 

1950      

The Capture

The Men

 

1952      

Something to Live For

California Conquest

The Steel Trap

 

1953      

Count the Hours

The Actress

 

1954      

Track of the Cat

 

1956      

The Search for Bridey Murphy

 

1957      

Escapade in Japan

 

1958      

The Restless Years

 

1969      

Hail, Hero!

The Happy Ending

 

1977      

Roseland

 

1980      

Somewhere in Time

 

1988      

The Good Mother

 

1997      

The Rainmaker

Awards

Teresa Wright was nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress: in 1941 for her debut work in The Little Foxes and in 1942 for Mrs. Miniver, winning for the latter. That same year, she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Pride of the Yankees opposite Gary Cooper

I only ever wanted to be an actress, not a star. ~ Teresa Wright

Muriel Teresa Wright was born on October 27, 1918 in Harlem, New York City, the daughter of Martha (née Espy) and Arthur Hendricksen Wright, an insurance agent. Her parents separated when she was young. She grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey, where she attended Columbia High School. After seeing Helen Hayes star in Victoria Regina at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City in 1936, Wright took an interest in acting and began playing leading roles in school plays.

She earned a scholarship to the Wharf Theater in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she was an apprentice for two summers. Following her high school graduation in 1938, she went to New York, changed her name to “Teresa Wright”, and was hired as understudy to Dorothy McGuire and Martha Scott for the role of Emily in Thornton Wilder’s stage production of Our Town at Henry Miller’s Theatre. She took over the role when