A Girl's Got To Breathe: The Life Of Teresa Wright (Hollywood Legends Series)
A Girl's Got To Breathe: The Life of Teresa Wright (Hollywood Legends Series)
The actress Teresa Wright (1918–2005) lived a rich, complex, magnificent life against the backdrop of golden age Hollywood, Broadway and television. There was no indication, from her astonishingly difficult―indeed, horrifying―childhood, of the success that would follow, nor of the universal acclaim and admiration that accompanied her everywhere. Her two marriages―to the writers Niven Busch (The Postman Always Rings Twice; Duel in the Sun) and Robert Anderson (Tea and Sympathy; I Never Sang for My Father)―provide a good deal of the drama, warmth, poignancy and heartbreak of her life story.
“I never wanted to be a star,” she told the noted biographer Donald Spoto at dinner in 1978. “I wanted only to be an actress.” She began acting on the stage in summer stock and repertory at the age of eighteen. When Thornton Wilder and Jed Harris saw her in an ingénue role, she was chosen to understudy the part of Emily in the original production of Our Town (1938), which she then played in touring productions. Samuel Goldwyn saw her first starring role on Broadway―in the historic production of Life with Father―and at once he offered her a...