She was nominated for Oscars for the first three films in which she appeared. It’s a record which still stands today.
More important, Teresa Wright was one of the sexiest actresses of the Forties — quietly and with wholesome discretion, of course.
Was there ever a perkier yet more forcefully feminine portrayal of a budding teenager as was Wright’s depiction of ‘Charlie’ in Alfred Hitchock’s great 1943 thriller, Shadow of a Doubt? (By the way, Wright was 25 at the time she made the movie.)
British critic David Thomson: (Wright) beautifully caught the small-town adolescent unable to to comprehend the complicity she feels for her murdering uncle (Joseph Cotten). It showed just how subtly Hitchcock could work up anguish in a relatively plain-faced actress.
Muriel Teresa Wright was born in New York City in 1918, successfully landed myriad stage roles (one in Our Town, the basis for Shadow of a Doubt) and wound up in Hollywood at the suggestion of playwright Lillian Hellman, who recommended her to producer Samuel Goldwyn.
Wright enjoyed a,lengthy 46-year career; her last film was the 1997 movie version of John Grisham’s The Rainmaker. Most of her later career was spent on television — she was nominated for three Emmys for various roles. Wright died in 2005 at age 86.
Ok, on to our Teresa Wright Quiz. As usual, answers tomorrow. Here we go:
1) Question: As mentioned, Wright holds a record for having been Oscar nominated for her first three pictures. Which one of the following was NOT a member of this trio? a) 1941’s Little Foxes; b)s; 1942’s Mrs. Miniver; c) 1946’s The Best Years of Our Lives; or d) 1942’s The Pride of the Yankees.
2) Question: Following up on the question above, Wright still retains the record of being the youngest actress in movie history to receive three Oscar nominations. a) True; or b) False.
3) Question: Wright was the very first choice for the female lead (which went to Jennifer Jones) in producer David O. Selznick’s 1946 epic western Duel In The Sun. a) True; or b) False.
4) Question: Wright’s early success right out of the gate made her one of MGM’s bigger young stars. a) True; or b) False.
5) Question: Wright was all to quickly pushed into maternal or plain-faced roles, but she did play the sister of Jean Simmons in 1953’s melodrama, The Actress. a) True; or b) False.