Donald Spoto, Borup, Denmark, received his PhD from Fordham University, USA, in 1971. He is the author of twenty-nine books published in more than twenty-six languages.
In between the standard celebrity-bio synopsis of every one of
Wright's roles, prolific entertainment biographer Spoto (The
Redgraves, 2012) creates a respectable study of a woman who may not
have realized the happiness she desired in her personal life, but
whose professional accomplishments cannot be denied. A worthwhile
read for fans of Hollywood's Golden Age.--Carol Haggas "Booklist
Anyone at all interested in Wright will likely be delighted by this compactly written volume. But it also tells well the story of the private woman, and that story also turns out to be of considerable interest.--Paul C. Peterson, Coastal Carolina University "The Journal of American Culture, Volume 41, Issue 1 "
Prolific celebrity biographer Spoto (The Redgraves: A Family Epic) paints an engaging and intimate portrait of Oscar-winning actor Teresa Wright. Her notable film roles included Shadow of a Doubt, The Best Years of Our Lives, and The Pride of the Yankees, in which she improvised her famous line, 'A girl's gotta breathe!', after receiving a lengthy on-screen kiss from costar Gary Cooper. . . . [Spoto] depicts Wright as a unique and hardworking talent who shied away from the spotlight. As he describes her, she embodied the buoyant and determined spirit of mid-twentieth-century America, and her fresh-faced beauty was warmly embraced by contemporary audiences.--Publishers Weekly
This affectionate tribute to a shamefully neglected talent benefits greatly from the insights of Wright's children and friends. With the performer's views on Marlon Brando, Sterling Hayden, and notable American directors and playwrights, it is recommended for students of American film and theater.--Stephen Rees "Library Journal "
A Girl's Got To Breathe is as much memoir as biography, but the intimacy works. Wright's talent and yearnings come alive on the page.--Scott Eyman "Wall Street Journal "