Reminiscences of Teresa Wright
New York, June 1959
On Live Television
I do think television is a great school for schooling you for being
able to cope with almost anything in the way of doing a job, an acting
job under any circumstances -- much better than the old stock used to be --
because you are under such tension, you do have to work in such a short
time, and there is just that element of only this one time, and you've
got to do the best job you can once, then it's all over.
I know when I went out to Hollywood, and had been doing pictures
for quite a time and hoped to come back and do a play, and the found for
personal reasons of my home and children that I just couldn't do it -- I
began to feel that I'd never be able to do another stage play; that if
I didn't get off in some stock company and just do something, that I'd
never be able to play a line on stage again. Eventually, after maybe ten
years out there, I got to do a small part in stock at La Jolla, and that
was a little bit of help to me. But the real thing that got me back to
the theatre was live television, because after you've done enough of that,
you do build up a certain professional feeling of being able to cope with
an acting job.
I really have been doing mainly television for the last four or five
years. I've done very few films. Nothing interesting.
© 1959 Columbia University and the Oral History Research Office