Mary Badham

as Jean Louise 'Scout' Finch in the movie Passage à lacte

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Was born at 7 October 1952 (now is 66 years old) in Birmingham, Alabama, USA
There is some small facts about Mary Badham:
  • Younger sister (by 14 years) of director 'John Badham' .
  • For a while, she was the youngest nominee for the Best Supporting Actress award (for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) ) at age 10. Then 9-year-old 'Tatum O'Neal' won for her role on Paper Moon (1973) and now holds the record.
  • Remained friends with 'Gregory Peck' after the filming of To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and still called him Atticus (after Peck's character in the film). Keeps in touch with 'Phillip Alford' (her screen brother, "Jem") and 'Brock Peters' ("Tom Robinson", the accused).
  • Her father was a retired army officer who, by the time of her birth, had become president of Bessemer Steel Co. Her English-born mother had been an actress before her marriage.
  • Second best-known role, after To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) , is as Sport Sharewood in the classic "The Twilight Zone" (1959) episode "The Bewitchin' Pool," written by 'Earl Hamner Jr.' ("The Waltons" (1971) ), and first aired in 1964.
  • After 39 years, Mary came out of retirement to play an offbeat cameo opposite 'Keith Carradine' at the urging of actor/writer/director 'Cameron Watson (I)' for his film Our Very Own (2005) . Watson stated he would not accept any other actress for the part. Mary has since indicated that she won't close the door on other acting assignments that might come her way. Watson managed to track Mary down in Monroeville, Alabama, where she had been invited to attend a stage version of "To Kill a Mockingbird."
  • Lost the "supporting actress" Oscar to another child actress: 'Patty Duke' for The Miracle Worker (1962) .
  • Still keeps in touch with fellow To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) co-star 'Phillip Alford' . Had remained close to 'Gregory Peck' until his death in 2003 and 'Brock Peters' until his death in 2005.
  • At present she is an art restorer and a college testing coordinator. She also travels around the world recalling her wonderful experiences making To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) while expounding on the book's messages of tolerance and compassion.
  • Works as an art restorer and a college testing coordinator. Has recently agreed to do movies on a very limited basis, depending on whether she likes the script and crew.
  • Had no acting experience prior to getting a role in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) . She was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Supporting Actress category.
  • Attended the 2006 "Twilight Zone" Convention at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, August 12-13, 2006.
  • According to 'Sondra Locke' 's autobiography "The Good, the Bad and the Very Ugly", Mary auditioned for the role of Mick in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968) , the part eventually played by Locke.
  • Attended the 2007 "Twilight" Zone Convention at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, August 4-5, 2007.
  • Interviewed in "Growing Up on the Set: Interviews with 39 Former Child Actors of Classic Film and Television" by 'Tom Goldrup' and 'Jim Goldrup' (McFarland, 2002).
  • (1997) Retired from acting and now lives near Richmond, Virginia. She is married (since circa 1975) to a school teacher and spends most of her time raising her two children and working.
  • Attended a screening with President Barack Obama in 2012 at the White House to mark 'To Kill a Mockingbird''s 50th anniversary.
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There is the list of movies, where Mary Badham was taked part:
1 Passage à lacte movie Passage à lacte 1993 as Jean Louise 'Scout' Finch
2 This Property Is Condemned movie This Property Is Condemned 1966 as Willie Starr
3 AFIs 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains movie AFIs 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains 2003 as Herself
4 Earl Hamner Storyteller movie Earl Hamner Storyteller 2015 as Herself
5 Fearful Symmetry movie Fearful Symmetry 1998 as Herself
6 Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird movie Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird 2010 as Herself
7 Lets Kill Uncle movie Lets Kill Uncle 1966 as Chrissie
8 Our Very Own movie Our Very Own 2005 as Mrs. Nutbush
9 The 35th Annual Academy Awards movie The 35th Annual Academy Awards 1963 as Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
10 To Kill a Mockingbird movie To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 as Scout
11 American Masters movie American Masters 1985 as Herself
12 Dr. Kildare movie Dr. Kildare 1961 as Cora Sue Henty
13 Inside Edition movie Inside Edition 1988 as Herself
14 The Twilight Zone movie The Twilight Zone 1959 as Sport Sharewood
There is the list of some quotes of Mary Badham:
  • c. 1986: "My brother John tells me the movie profession has changed completely and that I should stay where I am. He insists that I'd have to study acting, but I was told never to take lessons - that I was an instinctive actress. Most of the performances I see on TV and in movies are so self-conscious and overacted. I would think a natural actress would be welcome.
  • "The business has changed a lot and there was a lot of foul language". "It was not what I wanted to do. I had lived like an adult since I was 9, and it was important for me to find out who I was." (On why she retired from acting at 15)
  • This story (To Kill a Mockingbird) has so much to say but the lessons haven't been learned yet". "If you think racism and bigotry don't exist, look around. Racism is a learned thing and we need to be diligent about teaching our children the right thing.
  • "As we all do, we look back on things and see our parents in a new light. We see their flaws, sometimes understand their flaws, and still love them." (Concerning a racist Atticus Finch portrayal in Go Set a Watchman)
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