CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2013 |
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.
August 23, 2013 |
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.
August 1, 2013 |
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)
August 22, 2012 |
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 |
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.
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.