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All grown up, child star to visit Burlingame tonight

By rgordon
Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 at 10:48 am in Uncategorized.

Mary Badham - ScoutRemember her?

Indeed, that is Mary Badham, who played Scout in the 1962 film version of To Kill a Mockingbird. She was 10 at the time she carried the role of the daughter of lawyer Atticus Finch, played by Gregory Peck. In 1963, she was the youngest person to have ever been nominated for an Oscar (hers was for best supporting actress).

To Kill a Mockingbird, the novel by Harper Lee, is told from Scout’s point of view and is set in the 1930’s in the fictional Maycomb, Ala. The story is largely about the coming of age of Scout and her brother, Jem, as their father is appointed to defend a black man, Tom Robinson, who is falsely accused of and convicted for raping a white girl.

Mary Badham - AdultNow Badham is all grown up (as this Associated Press photo shows) and the 54-year-old will grace Burlingame with her presence tonight.

An art restorer and college testing coordinator according to Wikipedia, Badham will appear as a part of the county library system’s Big Read this month.

The effort, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, is encouraging everyone in the county to read the classic. Various complimentary events – from performances and book discussions to art sessions for kids – have occurred at libraries throughout the month.

The “Q & A with Scout,” in the City Hall Council Chambers at 501 Primrose Road, starts at 7 p.m. A reception will immediately follow.

While you’re at it, note that there are still plenty of free Big Read events left besides Badham’s visit. In case you haven’t seen Badham in action, Century 20 Daly City, at 1901 Junipero Serra Blvd., will be showing a free screening of the film on Saturday at 10 a.m.

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