Reminiscences of Teresa Wright
New York, June 1959
On her First Films
. . . Sam Goldwyn.
He signed me for Alexandra in "Little
Foxes." I had had offers of film contracts, studio contracts,
and I wasn't interested in any of them, but I was interested in playing
this part. I was supposed to just go out there and play the role, and then
come back into "Life With Father," but what happened was that
when I came back, Oscar Serlin put me instead into a new play of Molnar's
which we tried out that summer. However, it needed a lot of rewriting and
it couldn't go on, so that legally let me out of my contract with him,
and so I was able to continue in a contract with Sam
I went out then for "Mrs.
Miniver," and then I stayed.
. . .
Q: Did you have the feeling you were typed?
Oh, yes. Really, I guess the roles I've liked best were the ones
I did the first year or two years I was out there -- "Foxes,"
one right after the other, and I feel those are the best personal jobs
I've done, though I think "Best
Years" may be the greatest film I was in. Since then, there hasn't
been anything that I felt very strongly about or cared much about doing.
The part that I've been happiest about, and had the strongest desire to
do, was in television -- "The Helen Keller Story" in which I played
Annie Sullivan. I think it's really the only time in my career that I have
been completely taken over by something I was doing.
© 1959 Columbia University and the Oral History Research Office