Teresa Wright

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 10/26/1918 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

Goldwyn 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Spencer Tracy: Triumph and Turmoil 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

John Grisham's The Rainmaker 1997 (Movie)

Clarice Birdsong (Actor)

The Red Coat 1997 (Movie)

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Picket Fences 1988 - 1989, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Century of Women 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Diamonds on the Silver Screen 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1988 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fig Tree 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Good Mother 1988 (Movie)

Grandmother (Actor)

Morningstar/Eveningstar 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Mothers By Daughters 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Somewhere in Time 1980 (Movie)

Laura Roberts (Actor)

Roseland 1977 (Movie)

May (Actor)

The Elevator 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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Crawlspace 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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Hail, Hero! 1969 (Movie)

Santha Dixon (Actor)

The Happy Ending 1969 (Movie)

Mrs Spencer (Actor)

The United States Steel Hour 1953 - 1963 (TV Show)

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The Restless Years 1958 (Movie)

Elizabeth Grant (Actor)

Four Star Playhouse 1952 - 1957 (TV Show)

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Miracle on 34th Street 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

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Screen Director's Playhouse 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

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The Search For Bridey Murphy 1956 (Movie)

Ruth Simmons (Actor)

Track of the Cat 1954 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)

Count the Hours 1953 (Movie)

Ellen Braden (Actor)

Hollywood Opening Night 1950 - 1953 (TV Show)

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The Actress 1953 (Movie)

Annie jones (Actor)

Pursued 1947 (Movie)

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The Imperfect Lady 1947 (Movie)

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The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 (Movie)

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Shadow of a Doubt 1943 (Movie)

Young Charlie (Actor)

Mrs. Miniver 1942 (Movie)

Carol Beldon (Actor)

The Pride of the Yankees 1941 (Movie)

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The Little Foxes 1940 (Movie)

Alexandra Giddens (Actor)

Bill on His Own (TV Show)

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Casanova Brown (Movie)

Isabel Drury (Actor)

Climax! (TV Show)

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Enchantment (Movie)

Lark Ingoldsby (Actor)

Flood! (TV Show)

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Lethal Innocence (TV Show)

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Something to Live For (Movie)

Edna Miller (Actor)

The Capture (Movie)

Ellen Vanner (Actor)

The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Show)

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The Men (Movie)

Ellen Wilozek (Actor)

The Steel Trap (Movie)

Laurie Osborne (Actor)

Biography

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 debut as the seemingly fragile Southern belle Alexandra Giddens who more than holds her own with her scheming mother Regina (Bette Davis) in William Wyler's "The Little Foxes" (1941), based on the Lillian Hellman play. Wright avoided the sophomore slump with Oscar nominations for her next two movies, winning as Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Greer Garson's daughter-in-law in Wyler's "Mrs. Miniver" while falling short in the Best Actress category as the wife of Lou Gehrig (Gary Cooper) in "Pride of the Yankees" (both 1942). Despite her formidable talent, she was just a little too plain to really flourish as a Hollywood starlet, though she beautifully captured the small-town adolescent who gradually comes to discover her beloved Uncle Charlie is a murderer in Alfred Hitchcock's "A Shadow of a Doubt" (1943) and reteamed with Wyler as the daughter of a returning veteran in the Oscar-winning "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946), her radiant smile lighting up the final scene with the seeming promise of good times ahead with Dana Andrews.

Relationships

Martha Wright

Mother

Robert Anderson

Husband
married on December 11, 1959 divorced remarried divorced in 1978

Niven Busch

Husband
married on May 23, 1942 separated in 1951 divorced on November 25, 1952

Mary Busch

Daughter
born on September 12, 1947

Niven Busch

Son
born on December 2, 1944

Carlos Pierre

Husband
divorced

Arthur Wright

Father

EDUCATION

Columbia High School

Maplewood , New Jersey

Milestones

1997

First feature role in almost a decade, the flighty old landlady Miss Birdie in "John Grisham's 'The Rainmaker'", directed by Francis Ford Coppola

1996

Appeared in "My Romance" episode of "Picket Fences" (CBS), playing long-lost love of Ray Walston's Judge Bone

1996

Appeared in "My Romance" episode of "Picket Fences" (CBS)

1990

Acted in "Pery Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception" (NBC)

1988

Played Diane Keaton's grandmother in "The Good Mother"

1986

Appeared in two episodes of short-lived CBS series "Morningstar/Eveningstar"

1980

Returned to Broadway in revival of "Morning's at Seven"; cast included Nancy Marchand, Elizabeth Wilson, Maureen O'Sullivan and Gary Merrill

1980

Appeared as the secretary to an elderly actress in the cult romance "Somewhere in Time"

1977

Starred in one segment of James Ivory's tryptich "Roseland"

1975

On Broadway, played wife Linda opposite George C Scott's Willy Loman in revival of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" (directed by Scott) and also appeared with Geraldine Fitzgerald in a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!"

1975

On Broadway, played wife Linda opposite George C. Scott's Willy Loman in revival of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman", directed by Scott; also appeared with Geraldine Fitzgerald in a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!"

1968

Returned to feature films as a character actress, performing in "Hail, Hero!" and "The Happy Ending"; in the latter, once again playing Jean Simmons' mother

1968

Portrayed Alice, one of the grown children, in the Broadway production of "I Never Sang for My Father", written by then-husband Robert Anderson; cast included Lillian Gish and Hal Holbrook

1962

Toured US cities in the stage production "Mary, Mary"

1960

Delivered an Emmy-nominated performance as the title character of "The Margaret Bourke-White Story" (NBC's "Breck Sunday Showcase")

1959

"Retired" from films following her work in "The Restless Years"

1957

Received Emmy nomination as Best Actress in a Single Performance for her performance as teacher Annie Sullivan in "The Miracle Worker"; premiere of William Gibson's work aired on CBS' "Playhouse 90"

1957

Returned on Broadway as Pat Hingle's wife in "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs"

1953

Portrayed the mother in George Cukor's "The Actress", even though her 34 years were a mere 10 more than daughter Jean Simmons

1953

At age 34, moved into character roles, playing mother to 24-year-old Jean Simmons in "The Actress", directed by George Cukor

1950

Proposed to and married a paraplegic Marlon Brando in Fred Zinnemann's "The Men"

1946

Played the daughter of Fredric March and Myrna Loy in Wyler's Oscar-winning Best Picture, "The Best Years of Our Lives"

1942

Played Jospeh Cotten's namesake niece Charlie in Alfred Hitchcok's "Shadow of a Doubt", co-written by Thornton Wilder

1941

Portrayed Elanor Gehrig opposite Gary Cooper's Lou Gehrig in "Pride of the Yankees"; received Oscar nomination as Best Actress

1941

Appeared as the daughter-in-law to Greer Garson's "Mrs. Miniver", directed by Wyler; won Best Supporting Actress Academy Award

1940

Recieved Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her film debut as the seemingly fragile daughter Alexandra in "The Little Foxes"; first of four films directed by William Wyler

1938

Broadway debut as understudy in Thornton Wilder's "Our Town"

1937

Served as an apprentice at the Wharf Theater in Provincetown, Massachusetts

Acted in original Broadway production of "Life with Father"

Toured eastern US cities in "Our Town", first as Rebecca and later in leading role of Emily Webb

Signed to long-term contract by Samuel Goldwyn

Made last appearance on Broadway alongside George C. Scott in a revival of "On Borrowed Time"

Bonus Trivia

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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.

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"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.

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Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1999.

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