Teresa Wright

Happy birthday to actress Teresa Wright, born Oct. 27, 1918 in Harlem, NY. Wright took an interest in acting while in high school, and after graduating in 1938, became an understudy in the Broadway production of Our Town. She went TeresaWrighton to appear in the play Life With Father, where she was discovered by Samuel Goldwyn, who brought her to Hollywood and immediately put her in movies. Wright’s film career started spectacularly, earning Oscar nominations for her first three roles in Little Foxes (1941), Pride of the Yankees (1942), and Mrs. Miniver (1942), for which she won Best Supporting Actress. Next came the Hitchcock noir, Shadow of a Doubt (1943), playing opposite Joseph Cotten. Other notable films were The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and The Men (1950), starring opposite Marlon Brando in his film debut. After a falling out with Goldwyn and termination of her MGM contract, Wright continued appearing in films as an independent, but was never able to attain the same level of success as her earlier efforts. However, she consistently received critical acclaim for her performances. In the 1950s, she starred in three noir films: The Capture (1950), The Steel Trap (1952), and Count the Hours (1953). During this period, she also made many television appearances, earning two Emmy nominations, and in the 1960’s returned to the stage. Wright continued acting on stage and television through the 1990s, and occasionally appeared in movies. Her last film role was in The Rainmaker (1997). Wright died of a heart attack in 2005 at the age of 86.

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