Wright, Teresa, 1918-2005

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Muriel Teresa Wright (October 27, 1918 – March 6, 2005) was an American actress. She was nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress: in 1941 for her debut work in The Little Foxes, and in 1942 for Mrs. Miniver, winning for the latter. That same year, she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Pride of the Yankees, opposite Gary Cooper. She is also known for her performances in Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt (1943) and William Wyler's The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).

Wright received three Emmy Award nominations for her performances in the Playhouse 90 original television version of The Miracle Worker (1957), in the Breck Sunday Showcase feature The Margaret Bourke-White Story, and in the CBS drama series Dolphin Cove (1989). She earned the acclaim of top film directors, including William Wyler, who called her the most promising actress he had directed, and Alfred Hitchcock, who admired her thorough preparation and quiet professionalism.

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referencedIn Anderson, Robert, 1917-2009. Papers, 1931-1999 (inclusive), 1960-1980 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Abe Burrows collection of sound recordings [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Stanford University Press archival book copies, 1900-2012 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Ashworth, Brent, 1949-. Bette B. Ashworth memorial collection, circa 1824-1992. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn Robert Benney research materials, 1926-1978 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Wright, Teresa, 1918-2005. Reminiscences of Teresa Wright : oral history, 1959. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Pride of the Yankees prop scrapbook : scrapbook, 1917-1936. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
creatorOf Wright, Teresa, 1918-2005. Teresa Wright papers, circa 1917-2003 Houghton Library
referencedIn Lucille Lortel papers, 1902-2000 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Papers, 1931-1999 (inclusive), 1960-1980 (bulk) Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Theatre Arts Monthly, collection of portraits, ca., ca., 1924-1939 (bulk), 1916-1964 (inclusive). Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
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associatedWith Anderson, Robert, 1917-2009. person
associatedWith Anderson, Robert Woodruff person
associatedWith Ashworth, Brent, 1949- person
associatedWith Benney, Robert, 1904-2001 person
associatedWith Burrows, Abe, 1910-1985 person
associatedWith Franklin, Joan, person
associatedWith Franklin, Robert, person
associatedWith Lortel, Lucille person
associatedWith Saddler, Donald person
associatedWith Stanford University. Press. corporateBody
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Actors and actresses
Motion picture industry
Motion pictures
Actors and actresses


Birth 1918-10-27

Death 2005-03-06




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