Douglas Martin of The New York Times looks back at the life and accomplishments of Teresa Wright. She is best known to Wilder fans as Charlie, the innocent but suspicious niece of a serial killer, in Alfred Hitchcock’s harrowing film, Shadow of a Doubt, for which Wilder composed the initial screenplay.
“Teresa Wright, the high-minded ingénue who marshaled intelligence and spunk to avoid being typecast as another 1940’s “sweater girl” and became the only actor to be nominated for Academy Awards for her first three films, died on Sunday at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was 86.
Her work included a starring role in Wyler’s Best Years of Our Lives, winner of the best-picture Oscar in 1946; playing opposite Marlon Brando in his first movie, The Men, in 1950; and creating the character of Charlie, the innocent but suspicious niece of a serial killer, in Alfred Hitchcock’s harrowing Shadow of a Doubt in 1943.”