This is something I was glad to learn today.
Mary Badham, who played Scout in the movie version of To Kill a Mockingbird, got of out acting when she was 13. She's 52 now and she's just gotten back in. She has a character role in a movie called Our Very Own. That's not what I was glad to hear, although I say, good for her, and the movie stars Keith Carradine, so maybe I'll see it. It also stars Allison Janney, so maybe I won't.
For the last 40 years Badham has been living a fairly normal life and from what she says it's sounds as though it's been a pretty good one, except that her mother died just after she graduated from high school and she lost her father when she was 21. What made me glad when I found it out was that whenever she was feeling sad or times were tough or whenever she just wanted to talk, she had an older friend she could call and he would be glad to hear her voice.
Sometimes the older friend called her, just to see how she was doing.
Her friend lived in California but they visited sometimes. She was able to visit him one last time just before he died in 2003.
When she talked to him she called him Atticus.
When he talked to her he called her Scout.
Badham says that she just could never bring herself to call him "Greg," and "Mr Peck"... Well, that sounded too formal.
So he was always her Atticus.
I like that. I like it that when he was close to 50 years old Gregory Peck made friends with a little 9 year old girl he met on a movie set and they stayed friends for 40 years until he died.