Teresa Wright was an American actor best known for her performance in ‘Mrs Miniver’ for which she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1942. A much respected actress of her era, she was more than just a beautiful face. Known for her acting skills and dedication to work, she became the only performer ever to be nominated for Academy Awards for her first three films.
Born in Harlem, New York City during the late 1910s, she developed an interest in acting as a young girl. After seeing Helen Hayes star in the play ‘Victoria Regina,’ she decided to seriously pursue acting as a career. As a student, she played leading roles in school plays which earned her scholarship to the Wharf Theater in Provincetown. She ventured into a stage career following her graduation and enjoyed a successful stint.
It was during one of her stage performances that she came to the notice of film producer Samuel Goldwyn who offered her a film contract.
A serious actress from the very beginning, she refused to be labeled as a sex symbol and focused more on making her acting skills to stand out. She earned much respect for her professionalism in a long career that spanned over five decades.