March 8, 2005
Teresa Wright, the willowy actress who starred opposite Gary Cooper and Marlon Brando and won a supporting Academy Award in 1942 for Mrs. Miniver, died of a heart attack on Sunday, March 6, at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. She was 86. Wright's career skyrocketed after her first film, The Little Foxes, which brought her an Oscar nomination in 1941. The following year she was honored with two nominations: lead actress as the wife of Lou Gehrig in The Pride of the Yankees and supporting actress as Greer Garson's daughter in the wartime saga Mrs. Miniver. She also starred in three other classics: Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt in 1943; Brando's first film, The Men, in 1950; and the multiple Oscar winner The Best Years of Our Lives in 1946. More recently she was seen in the 1997 version of John Grisham's The Rainmaker and in 1988's The Good Mother.