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April 2, 2012
'American Masters' Where: KOCE When: Margaret Mitchell: 9 p.m.; Harper Lee: 10 p.m. Monday Rating: TV-PG-L (may be unsuitable for young children with an advisory for coarse language)
August 19, 2012 | 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 EveĀ 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.
October 11, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
"To Kill a Mockingbird" will once again be on the freshman reading list at Muskogee High School in Oklahoma. The school board voted to reverse a decision removing Harper Lee's 1960 novel from the list. Principal Terry Saul dropped "Mockingbird" after complaints from black students and parents about racial slurs in the text. Assistant Principal Dan Hattaway said a review of the reading list found that "all the books use some language that shouldn't be used in school.
January 17, 2003
The Beverly Hills Community Theater will present free staged readings of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the City Hall council chamber, 455 N. Rexford Drive in Beverly Hills. The readings are part of the city of Beverly Hills' and Los Angeles magazine's "Read-Around Program" featuring Lee's classic novel. The program also includes a free "Martin Luther King Jr.
August 27, 1989 | CHARLES SOLOMON
Anger hangs like a pall over this brooding story of interracial murder in a small Southern town during the '50s. The coldly amoral Paris Trout feels no remorse when he inadvertently shoots a black teen-ager and wounds her guardian, but his trial releases tensions hidden within the social fabric of Cotton Point, Ga.
April 16, 1985 | Associated Press
Shirley MacLaine may be 51, but the actress' physical fitness has earned her a spot on McCall's magazine's list of the 10 best women's bodies in America. MacLaine was the oldest woman on the list. The rest of the top 10 were model Christie Brinkley, actresses Shari Belafonte-Harper, Jamie Lee Curtis, Daryl Hannah, Marilu Henner, Jaclyn Smith and Kathleen Turner, figure skater Peggy Fleming and singer Tina Turner.
September 26, 1986 | Bob Schwartz
Shel Silverstein's book of nursery rhymes, "A Light in the Attic," is not allowed in some school libraries in Wisconsin because it "encourages children to break dishes so they won't have to dry them." Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" was taken off some school shelves because it "contains profanity and racial slurs; Alice Walker's "The Color Purple," because of its rough language and sexually explicit scenes.
April 18, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Some rare family photos and a collection of Truman Capote's letters to his favorite aunt in Alabama -- on topics including Harper Lee, Tallulah Bankhead and his longing for down-home butter beans -- are going on permanent display in Monroeville, Ala., where the writer spent some of his boyhood. The collection, while apparently containing no riveting new material on his life and times, is a coup for the town that was spun into memorable works by Capote and Lee, his childhood friend and neighbor.
June 4, 2003 | Lee Margulies
Indiana Jones? James Bond? Rocky Balboa? They all took a back seat to Atticus Finch in the American Film Institute's polling for greatest movie hero of all time. Finch is the bigotry-battling attorney and single father played by Gregory Peck to Academy Award-winning perfection in the classic 1962 film "To Kill a Mockingbird," based on the novel by Harper Lee. His selection was announced Tuesday night on "AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Heroes & Villains," a TV special on CBS.
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