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July 15, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Gregory Peck reportedly was feeling better after falling ill at a film festival and undergoing surgery for appendicitis. The 80-year-old actor was hospitalized in Karlovy Vary, about 70 miles west of Prague, after attending a film festival where he received a lifetime achievement award. He probably will be hospitalized for a week.
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BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Eric Schmidt, the billionaire executive chairman of Google, has bought the Veronique and Gregory Peck estate on L.A.'s Westside for $22 million. Set on 1.3 acres, the 1930s French chateau sits at the end of a long driveway and is surrounded by a flat lawn, mature trees and lush gardens. The neighbors include heiress Petra Ecclestone, White House interior designer Michael Smith and the Playboy Mansion. Designed for grand-scale entertaining, the 9,182 square feet of living space features the original marble-walled foyer, vaulted ceilings, formal dining and living rooms, an office, a bar, four fireplaces, seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
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NEWS
December 18, 1990
Actor Gregory Peck will be the honoree at the ACLU of Southern California Bill of Rights dinner on Jan. 16 at the Bonaventure. Peck will receive the Bill of Rights Award for contributing to the growth and understanding of civil liberties. ACLU Foundation board member Laurie Ostrow will receive the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award, given each year to an individual who has dedicated his or her life to the cause of civil liberties. Tickets are $80 and $150 per person.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2013 | By Susan King
When she was 18 and holding the title Miss Israel, Linor Abargil was crowned Miss World in 1998. But this beauty queen had a horrific story: Just six weeks before, she had been held captive, stabbed repeatedly and brutally raped by her Israeli-born travel agent on her way home from a modeling assignment in Italy. Ten years later, Abargil enrolled in law school and decided it was time to speak out in the hope of helping other women. A new documentary, " Brave Miss World ," directed and co-produced by Cecilia Peck, chronicles Abargil's remarkable journey as an activist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
French-born Veronique Peck, who was the widow of actor Gregory Peck and an ardent supporter of civic and cultural causes in her adopted country, died Friday of heart failure at her Los Angeles home, her family said. She was 80. As a young journalist, Veronique met Peck in 1953 when she interviewed him for a French newspaper. They were married on New Year's Eve 1955, soon after his divorce from his first wife was finalized. "I just participate in everything Greg does. I like it that way. I am not a career woman," Veronique told The Times in 1967 when the newspaper named her Woman of the Year.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 1989 | PAUL ROSENFIELD, Times Staff Writer
It has become a tradition for winners of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award to polish off their evening tribute with a speech that provides a personal perspective of their careers, some highlights, anecdotes and some words of appreciation for the joy the industry has given them. Gregory Peck, who became the 17th recipient of the award Thursday at the Beverly Hilton International Ballroom, did all that, and a little bit more.
NEWS
November 21, 2000 | PATT DIROLL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Gregory Peck, described as one of the Los Angeles Library's great friends, was honored along with his wife, Veronique, at a library foundation gala at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel last Tuesday. To celebrate his efforts, more than 500 library supporters joined some of the most prestigious names in show business at the gala, "a once-in-a-lifetime evening for the library's best friend," said Joni Smith, who chaired the event.
NEWS
September 25, 1987 | United Press International
President Reagan's spokesman, Marlin Fitzwater, denounced actor Gregory Peck today for what he called a "patently outrageous and deliberately untrue" television commercial opposing the nomination of Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court. Fitzwater said he saw the anti-Bork advertisement on television Thursday night for the first time. "To say that Americans will lose their freedoms, as these ads claim, is patently outrageous and deliberately untrue. Gregory Peck ought to be ashamed."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 1988 | PATTI VYZRALEK
Veteran screen actor Gregory Peck will receive the American Film Institute's 1989 Life Achievement Award. In making the announcement Friday at the Beverly Hilton, the new chairman of the board of AFI, Gene Jankowski, said: "As the 17th recipient of this prestigious award, Gregory Peck joins a distinguished group of individuals who have made enormous contributions to American film heritage.
OPINION
November 5, 2000 | Steve Proffitt, Steve Proffitt, a contributing editor to Opinion, is an executive with an e-services consultancy
You hear it time and again: After a lifetime as a movie star, Gregory Peck is a remarkably regular guy. Yes, he clearly enjoys the trappings of success, but he is seemingly unaffected by fame. Now 84, he is polite, engaging and full of humor. These days, Peck describes himself as retired and focuses much of his energy on his role as honorary chair of the Los Angeles Library Foundation, which supports the L.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2013 | STEVE LOPEZ
I was apprehensive about asking Harry Pregerson the specifics of his war injury, but apparently I didn't need to be. Pregerson, the longest-serving justice in the history of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, leveled his gaze at me in a room with several other men. "Well, you know," said His Honor, "some [unprintable] tried to kill me, and he hit me in the legs. " The judge, a U.S. Marine, was talking about what happened on April 1, 1945, when he landed at Okinawa. He stood before us, unbuckled his belt and dropped his pants.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
NBA superstar Kobe Bryant may be focused on bouncing back from his injury, but the Lakers shooting guard is up to more than running on a treadmill. He and his wife, Vanessa, have put one of their houses in Newport Coast up for sale at $8.599 million. Built on a half-acre in 1997, the Mediterranean-influenced home is set behind gates at the end of a cul-de-sac. If the description "highly upgraded custom estate" fails to hint at this having been their primary residence of late, the listing clarifies: "All remodeling was done by the current owners.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
The Veronique and Gregory Peck estate has come on the market in Holmby Hills for $24.995 million. Set on 1.3 acres, the 1932 house sits at the end of a long driveway and features the original marble-walled foyer, vaulted ceilings, five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 9,000 square feet of living space. The updated kitchen, with a separate service kitchen, has French doors that open to the grounds and swimming pool. Peck, who died in 2003 at 87, won an acting Oscar for his starring role as Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962)
NEWS
August 22, 2012 | By Patt Morrison
It stands to reason that Gregory Peck would have been in love with his beautiful, charming and gallant wife, Veronique . For just about anyone else who knew her, it also stands to reason that we were in love with her too. Her admirers fell by the besotted scores, from a Whole Foods manager she befriended to the sachems of L.A.'s charities and whole constellations of film stars. Veronique was a wholly marvelous and admirable woman, and someone I loved as my friend. Even those who had never met her had much to admire about her: Her deeply thoughtful and humane charity work spanned the $50 million she and Greg raised for the American Cancer Society decades ago, an inner-city repertory theater in South Los Angeles, to the Los Angeles public library system, and the hugely popular Gregory Peck reading series at the Central Library, an event to which she did not just lend her name and Greg's, but her presence -- there she was, in the audience, hanging on every word.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
French-born Veronique Peck, who was the widow of actor Gregory Peck and an ardent supporter of civic and cultural causes in her adopted country, died Friday of heart failure at her Los Angeles home, her family said. She was 80. As a young journalist, Veronique met Peck in 1953 when she interviewed him for a French newspaper. They were married on New Year's Eve 1955, soon after his divorce from his first wife was finalized. "I just participate in everything Greg does. I like it that way. I am not a career woman," Veronique told The Times in 1967 when the newspaper named her Woman of the Year.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2011
A postage stamp honoring the late Oscar-winning actor Gregory Peck will be presented Thursday at a ceremony at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The timing seems appropriate, since one of his most popular films, the World War II action adventure "The Guns of Navarone," celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including best picture, director (J. Lee Thompson) and screenplay (Carl Foreman), and winning for special effects. "Guns of Navarone" is based on Alistair MacLean's novel about six men who are sent to the Aegean Sea island of Navarone to destroy a supposedly impenetrable Nazi military operation.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 1997 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Move over, George Bailey; Atticus Finch is joining the ranks of beloved Christmas classics. ABC has decided to air the beloved 1962 drama "To Kill a Mockingbird," starring Gregory Peck as Atticus, Christmas evening and is considering making it an annual holiday event. Atticus, for whose portrayal Peck won a best actor Oscar, is, as in Harper Lee's novel, a widower living in the racially divided town of Macomb County, Ala.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 1992 | JOHN ANDERSON, NEWSDAY
Whether he was playing a demented Captain Ahab or a saintly Atticus Finch, careening through a Dali nightmare or being stalked by a psychopath, Gregory Peck has always made moviegoers feel good--vaguely inferior, perhaps, but always good.
HOME & GARDEN
May 2, 2009 | LAUREN BEALE
Acting couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are the latest owners of a California ranch house in the Pacific Palisades that has been capturing the imagination of A-listers since Gregory Peck bought it in 1947. The pair recently purchased the nearly 8,800-square-foot home from producer Brian Grazer for $17.55 million, according to public records. Built in the late 1930s, the Cliff May-designed low-slung house was innovative for its time and today is considered typical of his trademark designs.
OPINION
February 1, 2006 | David Ehrenstein, DAVID EHRENSTEIN is a freelance film journalist and author.
HOLLYWOOD LIBERAL. To hear it from conservative pundits that's one word, not two. But is the "misguided idealism" of liberals (as the right would have it) truly at one with the multimillion-dollar mainstream fantasies manufactured in Tinseltown? That critique would seem especially apropos after "Brokeback Mountain," the gay cowboy picture (and let's face facts, folks, it is a gay cowboy picture) was nominated Tuesday for eight Oscars, including locks on at least three.
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