“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
This is one of dozens of quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird that have left an indelible mark on American culture since its publication in 1960. In the years following, the book and 1962 film of the same name have inspired generations of children and adults to discuss social and racial injustice. The Big Orange Book Festival is excited to celebrate this classic story with a talk from Mary Badham, the actress who portrayed the role of Scout, followed by a screening of the film.
Mary kept in close contact with Gregory Peck and occasionally accompanied him on his one-man lecture tours and to award ceremonies. Now she maintains a busy schedule lecturing to audiences throughout the world about the book and film. Her interest is in sharing the film’s message of social injustice and insuring that each generation of students can experience the film’s impact. Check back for updates and a full schedule of the book filled festivities.
Mary Badham’s other screen credits include the films This Property is Condemned, and Let’s Kill Uncle along with the TV shows Dr. Kildare and The Twilight Zone. More recently, she was brought out of retirement to appear in the film Our Very Own with Allison Janney, Keith Carradine and Jason Ritter.