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TERESA WRIGHT: Quietly but steadily she grows to stardom

LIFE Magazine  July 20, 1942 page 41-42

Barelegged and barefooted, Teresa poses informally for Life on her Hollywood lawn, but her contract specifies she will pose for no routine leg art.

Teresa Wright's greatest asset as an actress is that she doesn't act like on. She is serene, unassuming, sympathetic. At 23 she manages to suggest mature womanly virtues while looking like a well-bred schoolgirl. In her third and latest movie, Sam Goldwyn's Pride of the Yankees, Teresa plays Mrs. Lou Gehrig, opposite Gary Cooper. By her tenderness Teresa helps convert this plotless sports epic of the great baseball hero into a human story with wide popular appeal.

After an entirely normal childhood in Maplewood, N.J., Teresa, through summer theater, found her first stage part on tour in Our Town. Thereafter she played on Broadway in Life with Father, was spotted by producer Goldwyn and transported to Hollywood. In May she married Writer Niven Busch. Her quiet manners around Goldwyn's studio so amazed him that he visited her twice to find out what was wrong with her. On the next page are pictures of her three hit movies.

Accompanying Photos:

IN "THE LITTLE FOXES," Teresa made her movie debut in the difficult role of a girl who hates her mother. In this shampoo scene she managed to look pretty despite dousing.
IN "MRS. Miniver," Teresa adds to the power of a fine war film by her portrait of [a] high-born English girl. Here she attends church with her grandmother (Dame May Whitty).

IN "PRIDE OF THE YANKEES," Teresa wrestles playfully with her husband Lou Gehrig played by Gary Cooper. In this scene she notices first symptoms of his fatal paralysis.

© 1942 Life Magazine

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