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Oct. 30, 2012

Mary Badham to kick off BSC events marking 50th anniversary of the 1963 civil rights movement in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Mary Badham, the actor known for her portrayal of Scout Finch in the 1962 film version of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, will appear in person at Birmingham-Southern College on Thursday, Nov. 8. Mary Badham to kick off early BSC remembrance of city’s 2013 50th anniversary of the start of the civil rights movement

“A Conversation with Scout” is set for 11 a.m. in Munger Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Her appearance will kick off a series of events that the college will host in commemoration of the 50th anniverary of the 1963 Birmingham civil rights movement, which will be marked by the city beginning in January.

Badham, a native of Birmingham, received international recognition for her performance in To Kill a Mockingbird. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor—the youngest actor, at age 10, ever nominated in this category up to that time.

During filming, she became particularly close to actor Gregory Peck who played Scout’s father, and afterwards she remained in touch with him, always calling him by his character’s name “Atticus,” until his death in 2003.

Badham continued acting, playing Sport Sharewood in “The Bewitchin' Pool,” the final episode of the original Twilight Zone series. She also appeared in the film Let’s Kill Uncle and This Property Is Condemned before retiring from the acting profession. At the urging of actor/writer/director Cameron Watson, Badham came out of retirement to play an offbeat cameo opposite Keith Carradine for his film Our Very Own (2005).

At present, Badham is an art restorer and a college testing coordinator. The wife of a schoolteacher and mother of two children, Anthony and Anna, she also travels around the world recalling her experiences making To Kill a Mockingbird while expounding on the book’s messages of tolerance and compassion. She is the sister of British film and television director John Badham.

The college will hold a free screening of the movie To Kill a Mockingbird on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 3:30 p.m. in Norton Theatre with a discussion led afterward by BSC Professor of English Dr. Jane Archer.

The two events are sponsored by BSC’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and funded by the Student Government Association.

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