|Teresa and Dame May Whitty in Mrs. Miniver|
Lest I be dismissed as a rose-colored glasses type, I certainly know that those years, the towns portrayed, the stories themselves also held behind closed doors the fear, unhappiness and difficulties with life as in any era. In fact, each of the five movies has Teresa starting out as an innocent girl, only to be forced to deal with disappointment, sorrow and sometimes just plain evil -- a beloved, yet murderous, Uncle Charlie in Shadow; post-war mental and social damage, divorce and physical disability in Best Years; the effect of war on an ordinary English family, and death that comes as never expected in Mrs. Miniver; greed and evil in a young girl's mother and uncles in Foxes; and deep sorrow for a wife with her husband's illness in Pride.
|Teresa in The Best Years of Our Lives|
Teresa's movie career began to decline after 1946, although she made several, none of which ever reached the the level of importance of the first five. Teresa then became a prolific actress on television, with a few occasional movies, and worked until she was 78 years old. She died in 2005.
So why do I feel so akin to a decade that ended before I was born? I like what I've seen and heard about the cultural attitudes, the social aspect of relationships and other heavy issues. But right now, I'm thinking about the fabulous big band music, the way that men dressed in suits and fedoras, and the women's clothes that looked like ball gowns compared to the way we appear in public these days. One of the fun things about Teresa for me is her clothes. In every movie she is dressed in beautiful, simple day wear, tailored just to her. You can imagine yourself in clothes like that, as opposed to period costumes or mink-laden outfits for the rich. Teresa always looked great, cool and womanly. I liked her hair too.
|Teresa and Greer Garson in Mrs. Miniver|
|Teresa and detective in Shadow of a Doubt|
|Teresa, Joseph Cotton and a cop in Shadow of a Doubt|
It's hard to believe that Teresa Wright could fall under the category of forgotten stars, but I bet not many people other than us have any idea who she is. That's such a shame. She made important, great movies, and neither she nor they should be forgotten.