Teresa Wright

Teresa Wright

Highest Rated: 100% Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Lowest Rated: 50% The Good Mother (1988)

Birthday: Oct 27, 1918

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

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.

Photos

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
82% 78% John Grisham's The Rainmaker Miss Birdie (Character) $45.9M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lethal Innocence Myra (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 60% Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception Helene Berman (Character) - 1990
50% 29% The Good Mother Grandmother (Character) $4.6M 1988
No Score Yet 78% Bill: On His Own Mae Driscoll (Character) - 1983
61% 88% Somewhere in Time Laura Roberts (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 27% Roseland May (The Waltz) (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Terror in the Night Unknown (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 50% Flood! Alice Cutler (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Elevator Edith Reynolds (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder on the 13th Floor Unknown (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 67% Crawlspace Alice Graves (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hail, Hero! Santha Dixon (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Restless Years Elizabeth Grant (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Meet Mr. Kringle Doris Walker (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 25% Escapade in Japan Mary Saunders (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Search for Bridey Murphy Ruth Simmons (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 49% Track of the Cat Grace Bridges (Character) - 1954
60% 47% The Actress Annie Jones (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 21% Count the Hours Ellen Braden (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet California Conquest Julie Lawrence (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 63% The Steel Trap Laurie Osborne (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Something to Live For Edna Miller (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 11% The Capture Ellen Tevlin Vanner (Character) - 1951
77% 74% The Men Ellen (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 73% Enchantment Lark Ingoldsby (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Trouble With Women Kate Farrell (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Imperfect Lady Millicent Hopkins (Character) - 1947
100% 81% Pursued Thorley Callum (Character) - 1947
97% 93% The Best Years of Our Lives Peggy Stephenson (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 36% Casanova Brown Isabel Drury (Character) - 1944
100% 89% Shadow of a Doubt Young Charlie Newton (Character) - 1943
93% 89% The Pride of the Yankees Eleanor Gehrig (Character) - 1942
94% 85% Mrs. Miniver Carol Beldon (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 80% The Little Foxes Alexandra Giddens (Character) - 1941

TV

Credit
82% No Score Yet Picket Fences Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Theatre '62 Unknown (Character) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Showcase 39 Unknown (Character) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1956 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Four Star Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1955-1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour Sylvia Hallock (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Margaret Swift (Character) 1954-1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Star and the Story Unknown (Character) 1955

QUOTES FROM Teresa Wright CHARACTERS

Charlie Oakley says: The cities are full of women, middle-aged widows, husbands, dead, husbands who've spent their lives making fortunes, working and working. And then they die and leave their money to their wives, their silly wives. And what do the wives do, these useless women?You see them in the hotels, the best hotels, every day by the thousands, drinking the money, eating the money, losing the money at bridge, playing all day and all night, smelling of money, proud of their jewelry but of nothing else, horrible, faded, fat, greedy women.

Young Charlie Newton says: But they're alive,they're human beings!

Charlie Oakley says: Are they?