Mary Badham


Oscar-Nominated Actress, To Kill a Mockingbird


Talk and Reception


Thursday, February 13, 2020
7:00 p.m. in Loretta Spencer Hall


Members $40 | Non-members $60

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Mary was chosen for the role of “Scout” at the age of ten, with no prior acting experience. She won an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. At that time she was the youngest person ever to do so.

After To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962, she appeared in two other films, This Property is Condemned, 1966, with Robert Redford and Natalie Wood; and Let’s Kill Uncle, 1966. She had TV appearances on Dr. Kildare “Sister Mike,” 1963; and Twilight Zone “The Bewitchin’ Pool,” 1964, before retiring from acting to pursue an education as a teenager.

Over the years, she maintained close contact with Gregory Peck “Atticus” and occasionally accompanied him on his one-man-show lecture tours and award ceremonies.

In April of 1997, Mary had a vision to reunite the cast and creative team for a national satellite broadcast to US schools.

Mary now maintains a busy schedule lecturing to audiences internationally about the book and the film. Her interest is in expanding knowledge about the film’s message of social injustice and to ensure that each generation of students can experience the film’s impact.

This event is a part of the Museum’s Black History Month programming. 


Dana A. Williams will be interviewing Ms. Badham during Voices of Our Times

Dana A. Williams is the interim dean of the Graduate School, chair of the English Department at Howard, and a professor of African American literature at Howard University.  She is president of the Toni Morrison Society, a past-president of the College Language Association, and a member of the Executive Council of the Modern Languages Association. She also is a member of the Hurston/Wright Foundation’s Advisory Board. She is the author of In the Light of Likeness–Transformed: The Literary Art of Leon Forrest and editor of Conversations with Leon Forrest, African American Humor, Irony, and Satire: Ishmael Reed, Satirically Speaking, and Contemporary African American Literature: New Critical Essays. She has published articles and essays on African American literature and culture and is currently completing a book-length study on Toni Morrison’s editorship at Random House Publishing Company. 





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| Jean Wessel Templeton

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Nancy and Richard Crunkleton
Dr. and Mrs. Meyer E. Dworsky
Lana and Joe Ritch

Alabama A&M University
Joanne and Lou Horn
Judge C. Lynwood and Missy Ming Smith
Connie and Rusty Stephenson
The Guild Lecture Endowment
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