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For two months following Teresa Wright's death on March 6, 2005, Reel Classics hosted a message board allowing her fans to post their comments and memories about her life and career.  Those posts appear below.  (Please note that many of the spelling errors and typos have been corrected.)

Name: Elizabeth
Location: Reel Classics: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Date: 08 Mar 2005

I have created this message board for fans interesting in sharing their memories of Teresa Wright with others. My own feelings are too numerous to put into words at the moment, but I hope others aren't as inhibited. For now, I'll just post my favorite quote from her movies: "I know how comfortable it is to curl up with a nice fat book full of big words and think you're going to solve all the problems of the universe. But you're not, you know. A bit of action is required now and then." ---as Carol Beldon in MRS. MINIVER (1942).

Name: Martha Giles
Location: Lewisville, Texas
Date: 08 Mar 2005

I lived in Connecticut for several years and was privileged to not only meet Ms. Wright but became friends with her. She was charming and gentle in life while maintaining that distinctive independent quality she showed on screen. She was generous to a fault and funny, a comedienne for sure. What a great lady she was! I shall miss her terribly. Please encourage the media to pay a proper tribute to her many roles in movies, television and on Broadway. Martha

Name: Mike P.
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Date: 08 Mar 2005

Teresa Wright was a wonderful actress and, from all I can gather, an outstanding person as well. Does she truly have any successors in Hollywood's current crop of actresses? I don't think so--she was truly unique and communicated through her craft like few others.

Name: Brenda Bell
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Date: 08 Mar 2005

I would like to say how much I loved watching Teresa Wright in the movies that she played. I think she was beautiful person as well actress. I shall miss her greatly and I loved her very much. God bless her and family.

Name: Jon
Location: Commack, NY
Date: 08 Mar 2005

I am a HUGE Yankee fan, a huge Lou Gehrig Fan, and a huge "Pride of the Yankees Fan". I loved the romance and sentimentality of this classic film. I had the fortune to meet Mrs. Gehrig once at Yankee Stadium, and with great pride she signed an autograph for me, "Mrs. Lou Gehrig". Teresa Wright's portrayal of this lovely, loyal and classy lady was one of my favorites in any film. May they all- Lou, Gary, Eleanor and now Teresa, rest in peace for always!

Name: Richard Wolff
Location: Delft, The Netherlands
Date: 08 Mar 2005

I just found out about the passing of Teresa Wright. Her presence in a movie meant much to me. A shining beacon, with her fierce intelligence combined with a naturalness that was rare for the time. She was for me a transitional actress that seemed very modern even though most of her movies belong to a very specific period. She transcended her surroundings and made a lasting impression on me as a viewer. As a fan of Hitchcock my favorite Teresa Wright movie is Shadow of a Doubt. As Young Charlie waiting for something, anything, to happen not realizing yet how lucky she is to have what she has. Hitchcock shows Charlie and us as viewers that what we long for is not necessarily what we want to get. The old adage be careful what you wish for applies. Instead of going to bed on time tonight I will stay up and watch Shadow of a Doubt again. Teresa Wright may be gone, but her work is still here to be admired. Time and again.

Name: Mark-Antonio Grant
Location: Los Angeles
Date: 08 Mar 2005

Pride of the Yankees has to be one of the most complete movies ever made. It has the selfless love story of Casablanca, the heartbreak of Brian's Song, and the simplistic dignity of Forrest Gump. Through it all, while Gary Cooper was, unquestionably, the heart of the movie, Teresa Wright was the backbone and spirit of this classic. She was, at once, a striking and strong presence who attracted the attention given a beautiful woman and commanded the respect due a graceful lady. She was the girl you wanted to hit the bottom of the ninth inning homer for; the one you take home to meet your parents; the reason why you felt you were "the luckiest man on the face of the earth." A once in a generation kind of actress, her like has yet to be seen since.

Name: Amy Vaughan
Location: Auburn, AL
Date: 08 Mar 2005

I have been a classic movie fan since I was a small child. I actually did not know of Teresa Wright until I was a "bigger kid," but from the first movie in which I saw her, she was so memorable (truly a great actress)! She became one of my very favorites, and only this past weekend, I was mentioning that she was one of the few movie stars from that golden age that we still had "with us." It is so sad to think that is no longer the case, but I am glad that her work will live on in the wonderful movies she made during her lifetime!

Name: Shelley Wilkinson
Location: Ossining, New York
Date: 08 Mar 2005

I will always remember the first time I saw Mrs Miniver and the beautiful Teresa Wright. When she was killed in the movie, I remember crying like a baby and thinking how unfair it was. Her performance was that convincing. She conveyed everything that she should have. She was a consummate actress. She will be missed. To her deepest sympathy.

Name: Fred Derry
Location: Boone City
Date: 08 Mar 2005

I'll always love Peggy Stephenson with all my heart.

Name: Martha Clarke
Location: Fairfax Virginia
Date: 08 Mar 2005

I had the pleasure of meeting Teresa Wright on the Paramount lot when she was making a film called The Imperfect Lady. My mother was working on the film and I was allowed to meet Ms. Wright, who was so lovely and very sweet to me. I still have her autograph and have always been a fan. She will indeed be missed by alot of those who remember her fine talent and fabulous career!

Name: Carol
Location: Maryland
Date: 08 Mar 2005

What a wonderful woman. She always seems so sweet.

Name: Laurie Diamond
Location: Massachusetts
Date: 08 Mar 2005

It is wonderful to see that I am not alone in adoring Teresa Wright - she was such a unique and extraordinary actress. There are so many great films I could watch in her memory, but tonight it will be Enchantment.

Name: Paul
Location: New Jersey
Date: 08 Mar 2005

I shall always remember the indelible portrayals of Teresa Wright. Her debut as Zan in The Little Foxes won her an Oscar nomination. Her brilliant work opposite Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, and the rest of the pedigree cast of that film would be enough to cement her in cinema history. But she went on to do much more. As girl-next-door Charlie in Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt, she managed to be heartbreaking and wonderful as she realizes that her beloved uncle is actually a murderer. As the daughter of returning WWII veteran Fredric March in The Best Years of Our Lives, she perfectly personified the part of a doting child. Her Oscar-nomination for her work in The Pride of the Yankees is still admired by baseball and movie fans of all ages. And what can be said about her work in Mrs. Miniver? Let her movies speak for her...for the rest of time... Rest in peace, Ms. Wright.

Name: Brent F. Ashworth
Location: Provo, Utah
Date: 09 Mar 2005

Teresa Wright was my favorite actress. She stood alone among the great of Hollywood's "Golden Era" in projecting a unique combination of honesty, innocence, spunkiness, determination and genuine beauty which is unparalleled in the history of the cinema. I have attempted to collect her rather scarce autograph and movie memorabilia for over twenty-five years. While I wrote to her several times, expressing my deep admiration for her great acting in some of my favorite movies, especially "Mrs. Miniver" and "The Best Years of Our Lives," I only regret I never knew if I actually made contact with her. However, just knowing she yet graced this planet has for me been consolation enough. I have thought about her many times over many years. I wish to join her many fans in expressing to her family and close friends my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of a life which has greatly touched mine. Miss Wright, there will never be another star so bright and so missed as you.

Name: ratwell1
Location: Beacon, New York
Date: 09 Mar 2005

Today is a sad day, as I have learned of the passing of, in my eyes the best actress in motion picture history. Her performances in Best Years of our Lives, Pride of the Yankees, Shadow of a Doubt, to name a few, will be forever etched in my mind. May she rest in peace. Bob

Name: Liza Welch Barnes
Location: Alabama
Date: 09 Mar 2005

My heart plunged yesterday when I read about the passing of Teresa Wright, one of my favorite actresses. Only a few weeks ago I told my mother that Teresa Wright was one of the few classic movie stars still alive, and sadly that is no longer true. I sincerely hope she has gone to heaven. She was such a bright and innocent face in Hollywood's golden age. I wish that today Hollywood had at least one actress with a screen persona and lifestyle like Teresa Wright. Perhaps that's why she's so memorable to so many of us: She stood out prominently in a time of glamour queens and blonde bombshells with voluptuous figures and seductive faces. Teresa Wright was truly unique, and she will be missed. I hope that TCM will soon showcase a day of Teresa Wright films to commemorate the passing of this talented actress and lovely woman. Thank God many of her films are available on DVD, so I can watch her wonderful performances any time I choose. I'm so glad she blessed the world with her films.

Name: Stan
Location: Colorado Springs, CO.
Date: 09 Mar 2005

She was an A-1 first class actress that will surely be missed. Her performances in, "A Shadow Of A Doubt", "The Best Years Of Our Lives", and "The Pride Of The Yankees" are just a few of her best. My prayers go out to her family.

Name: Janet O'Donnell
Location: Boston, MA
Date: 09 Mar 2005

As a forty-three year old, I must say that classic movies are amazing, and Teresa was one of the best actors of all time. Although her body of work may be small, her impact was powerful. I was introduced to her by my father, who took my Mom to see, Pride of the Yankees, on their first date. I think he has a crush on both Teresa and my mother! Years later I saw most of her classic roles, in films like the Little Foxes, The Best Years of Our Lives, Mrs. Miniver and my favorite, Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt. I think what I loved best about her acting was her eyes, and how she was able to convey so much with just a look. She also seemed to convey a sense of strength on screen. Although, I will deeply miss Teresa Wright, I am grateful for her film legacy which will continue to live on. Janet

Name: Alberto Vargas
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Date: 09 Mar 2005

I'm very surprised by the new. I'm not waiting this new because I "meet" her eight years ago. Already I haven't watched all her most important roles in the movies like Shadow of a doubt or Mrs. Miniver. Just 5 minutes ago I thought she was alive...and even though I'm sad in this moment, for me, thanks to her character in Best years of our lives, she is alive. Tears are running...this isn't a good evening for me...I love her, so much.

Name: Maria
Date: 09 Mar 2005

Teresa was such a lovely talented actress, she was able to totally absorb herself in every character she played, I can't tell you how many times I've watched her in movies and didn't even realize it was her, she was that brilliant, her death has left many sadden but I find comfort remembering her as the adorable young girl with funny voice finding the courage to tell her ruthless mother off in THE LITTLE FOXES may her soul rest in peace... thanks Teresa for the many hours of enjoyable performances you left behind.

Name: Jay Fultz
Date: 09 Mar 2005

Next to Donna Reed (whose biography I published in 1998), Teresa Wright was my favorite actress. She had a distinctive loveliness, a memorable voice and pretty mannerisms. I wish she had stayed in lead roles further into the fifties. It seems a shame that only fans of a certain age remember such a poetically perceptive talent. It angers me that USA Today can't publish enough about Michael Jackson and Martha Stewart, but today gave her only a short paragraph. Says something about our dollar-driven, mediocrity-worshipping popular culture. She's the only actress (besides Donna) I would like to write about. A biography seems in order, but that's probably out of reach.

Name: Jim Agnew
Location: Oceanside, CA
Date: 09 Mar 2005

I was going through your website on Sunday and I always like going through Teresa Wright's section. She was one of the great actresses ever. My favorite movies of her were Shadow of a Doubt and The Best Years of Our Lives. I actually won a dvd on your site with her staring in it. Tried watching all her movies including a small part she had on Murder She Wrote. What a loss for all us Classic Movie Buffs.

Name: Anne-girl
Location: California
Date: 09 Mar 2005

I was shocked by the news. I yelled to my sister, "TERESA WRIGHT IS DEAD.." and w/ that I was releasing all the sadness I felt. I'll never forget those expressive eyes in The Best Years of Our Lives and the others. Her expressions must have been more radiant in real life.

Name: Dave Wade
Location: Kenosha, WI
Date: 09 Mar 2005

She was a very classy lady and a great actress. She was my favorite actress and she will be sorely missed.

Location: LONG BEACH CA.
Date: 09 Mar 2005

Teresa Wright did present the perfect picture of the girl next door. My father married a girl in 1940 who resembles Teresa. She just turned 89.

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