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Teresa Wright Biography

Birth Name:
Muriel Teresa Wright
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • Decided to pursue an acting career at age 17 after seeing Helen Hayes in a stage production of Victoria Regina
  • Selected by playwright Thornton Wilder and director Jed Harris to understudy the role of Emily Webb in the 1938 Broadway production of Our Town
  • Brought to Hollywood by Samuel Goldwyn, who spotted her on Broadway in Life With Father and signed her to a long-term contract
  • Nominated for Oscars for her first three film roles (The Little Foxes, Mrs
  • Miniver and The Pride of the Yankees)
  • Refused to do cheesecake photos, which were de rigueur for most starlets in the 1940s
  • Was the only actress Alfred Hitchcock considered for the role of Charlie in Shadow of a Doubt after she was recommended by playwright Thornton Wilder, who helped write the screenplay
  • Fired by Samuel Goldwyn in 1948 after refusing to do publicity for the sentimental Enchantment even though she claimed ill health
  • Threw out the first pitch at a 1998 Yankees game honoring the anniversary of Lou Gehrig's famous 1939 farewell speech
  • (She had played Gehrig's wife in the 1942 film The Pride of the Yankees
  • )


  • 1960Emmy-Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress: nominated
  • 1943National Board of Review-Best Acting: winner
  • 1942Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1942Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: winner


  • Mary Kelly Busch -- Daughter
  • Robert Anderson -- Ex-husband
  • Arthur Wright -- Father
  • Martha Wright -- Mother
  • Niven Terence Busch -- Son