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Constance Cummings: Vastly Underrated Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill

Constance Cummings: Actress went from minor, long-eyelashed Hollywood leading lady in Harold Lloyd and Frank Capra movies to starring in West End plays by Eugene O'Neill, Noël Coward and William Shakespeare. Constance Cummings: Vastly underrated actress should be better remembered Actress Constance Cummings, whose career spanned more than six decades on stage, in films, and on television in both the U.S. and the U.K., died ten years ago on Nov. 23, '05. Unlike other Broadway imports such as Ann Harding, Katharine Hepburn, Miriam Hopkins, and Claudette Colbert, the pretty, sincere, and elegant Cummings – who could have been turned into a less edgy Constance Bennett had she landed at RKO or Paramount instead of Columbia – never became a Hollywood […]


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Constance Cummings: Vastly Underrated Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill



Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out

Teresa Wright 'The Men' publicity shot. Teresa Wright-Samuel Goldwyn association comes to a nasty end (See preceding post: “Teresa Wright in 'The Best Years of Our Lives': Mammoth Blockbuster Was Career Highlight.”) Whether or not because she was aware that Enchantment wasn't going to be the hit she needed – or some other disagreement with Samuel Goldwyn or personal issues with husband Niven Busch – Teresa Wright, claiming illness, refused to go to New York City to promote the film. Goldwyn had previously announced that Wright, whose contract still had another four and a half years to run, was to star in a film version of J.D. Salinger's 1948 short story “Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut.” Instead, he unceremoniously – and […]


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Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out



Teresa Wright in 'The Best Years of Our Lives': Mammoth Blockbuster Was Career Highlight

'The Best Years of Our Lives': Blockbuster with Michael Hall, Fredric March, Myrna Loy and Teresa Wright. Teresa Wright: Missing out on 'Duel in the Sun,' but scoring with 'The Best Years of Our Lives' (See previous post: “Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt': Alfred Hitchcock Heroine in His Favorite Movie.”) Following Casanova Brown, pregnancy prevented Teresa Wright from being (absurdly) cast as fiery “half-breed” Pearl Chavez in the film version of husband Niven Busch's 1944 bestseller Duel in the Sun. Jennifer Jones eventually landed the role.[1] Two other projects that went to other actresses were Those Endearing Young Charms (Laraine Day) and The Enchanted Cottage (Dorothy McGuire, whom she had understudied in Our Town on Broadway).[2] On loan […]


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Teresa Wright in 'The Best Years of Our Lives': Mammoth Blockbuster Was Career Highlight