Thursday, May 30, 2024

“Mockingbird” National Tour Will Feature Original Oscar Nominated 1962 Film “Scout” Mary Badham in Cast


Mary Badham was 10 years old when she played Scout Finch in the 1962 movie, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Now, some 60 years later, Badham will hit the road with the national tour of “Mockingbird” playing Mrs. Dubose, one of the townspeople Atticus and Scout Finch have to deal with. That would make Badham 70 years old.

Back in 1962, Badham was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the “Mockingbird” film that starred Gregory Peck. She had a few TV roles then including “The Twilight Zone” and “Dr. Kildare.” Then she took several decades off presumably to live her life. She appeared in indie films in 2005 and 2019.

Badham will be joined on stage by Richard Thomas, of “The Waltons” fame, who’s playing Atticus, and a big cast of talented actors. But she’ll be the only one who knew and worked with Peck and the 1962 movie cast. The only other actor alive from that movie is Oscar winner Robert Duvall, who’s 91. Maybe he can go backstage and say hello.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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