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Teresa Wright ... Without a Doubt the Best
- John Lebbert
Have been recently watching old black & white Hitchcock movies on TCM, most of which have been very entertaining. Then I ran into "Without a Doubt". The performances of Joseph Cotten & Teresa Wright were brilliant. But why, I asked myself, had I never heard of Teresa Wright? Then I discovered that I had, indeed, seen her before ... in "Pride of the Yankees" and "Mrs. Miniver" ... many many years ago. Perhaps because another character was the focus of each of those movies, I apparently did not take much notice of Ms. Wright. A quick read of Donald Spoto's excellent biography "A Girl's Got To Breathe: the Life of Teresa Wright" gave me my answer. There were really two parts to the answer. First, Teresa balked at being used in publicity ploys and eventually was fired my Samuel Goldwyn. From that point on, the actress was pretty much restricted to minor movie roles. Second, her favorite venue was the stage and it is there that her ability was best & frequently showcased. I will be searching out her other films and rewatching the two films mentioned above. I highly recommend Spoto's biography. Teresa used the line "A Girl's Got to Breathe" twice. The first time was an improvisation during the filming of "Pride of the Yankees" when Gary Cooper held a kiss longer than necessary. The film crew loved the unexpected ad lib and it was left in the film. The second was spoken to Mr. Spoto, who besides being her biographer was a longtime friend of the actress, during a very sad moment in her life. I will let the reader discover its significance for him/herself.
Understated, Dignified, and Beautiful
- Cynthia Brideson
Teresa Wright is sadly overlooked today as one of the silver screen's finest talents. I first saw her in the Hitchcock film "Shadow of a Doubt" and was so impressed by her performance that I got a hold of her other two most well knwon citures, "Mrs. Miniver" and "The Best Years of Our Lives" soon afterward. In most of her films she plays wide-eyed, innocent young girls who any boy would be proud to introduce to his mother. In real life, she was much the same way; she refused to pose in revealing clothing or bathing suits for publciity photos and in most of her films, her makeup appears very light and subtle compared to glamour queens like Lana Turner or Elizabeth Taylor. However, her portrayals of ingenues are so unique in that they always have depth. She can appear completely naive in one scene but with one twitch of her eyebrow of drop in her voice, she reveals a suspicious, keen side to her character that lets the viewer know nothing is getting past her (this is especially evident in "The Little Foxes"). Not many actresses can communicate so much with so few words. It is sad that Miss Wright did not make more films; her career seemed to stop abrupty in the early 1950s. However, she left behind a great legacy and her self respect and quiet strength remain an inspration for all young actresses
- Mayrose Coyle
I found Teresa Wright's performance in Little Foxes to be refreshing and invigorating. Almost as if she's not acting at all. She gets completely lost in her character that it doesn't seem like a performance at all. She seems totally at ease with herself and knows her craft very well. I rate her a perfect 10. Sincerely, Mayrose Coyle Catskill, N.Y.
The Lovely and Talented Teresa Wright (1918-2005)
- Mike Percie
One of the finest screen and stage actors of her time. Nominated three times for an Academy Award and three times for an Emmey Award. Best remembered for her portayal of Mrs. Eleanor Gerhig in Samuel Goldwyn's masterpiece "The Pride of the Yankees". (1942). She should have won the Best Actress Award that year for the role. See her in: The Little Foxes (1941) Mrs. Minniver (1942) The Pride of the Yankees (1942) Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Casanova Brown (1944) Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Enchantment (1948) The Men (1950) The Miracle Worker (TV, 1958)