Mary Badham


Actor

About

Birth Place
Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Born
October 07, 1952

Biography

With no prior acting experience, Mary Badham won the role of Gregory Peck's tomboy daughter Scout in "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1960) over 2000 other applicants. The novice thespian won praise and earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her naturalistic, unaffected performance. Badham only appeared in two other films, as the narrator who recalls the romantic exploits of her o...

Biography

With no prior acting experience, Mary Badham won the role of Gregory Peck's tomboy daughter Scout in "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1960) over 2000 other applicants. The novice thespian won praise and earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her naturalistic, unaffected performance. Badham only appeared in two other films, as the narrator who recalls the romantic exploits of her older sister (Natalie Wood) in "This Property Is Condemned" and as a girl who assists an heir outwit his murderous relative in and "Let's Kill Uncle" (both 1966). After a few appearances on TV episodes of shows like "Dr. Kildare" and "Twilight Zone," she retired from acting and moved to a Virginia farm. Her older brother is director John Badham.

Life Events

1962

First film as actress, "To Kill a Mockingbird"; earned Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress

1966

Last film, the comedy thriller "Let's Kill Uncle"

Photo Collections

To Kill a Mockingbird - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of lobby cards from Universal Pictures' To Kill a Mockingbird (1963), starring Gregory Peck. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Let's Kill Uncle - Behind-the-Scenes Photo
Here is a photo taken behind the scenes during production of Universal Pictures' Let's Kill Uncle (1966), starring Pat Cardi and Mary Badham and produced and directed by William Castle.

Videos

Movie Clip

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) -- (Movie Clip) Squirrels And Rabbits Young Walter (Steve Condit) is a guest at dinner after a schoolyard scrap with Scout (Mary Badham), Atticus (Gregory Peck) and Jem (Phillip Alford) joining conversation, in To Kill A Mockingbird, 1962, from Harper Lee's novel and Horton Foote's screenplay.
To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) -- (Movie Clip) Don't Go Near That Dog! Atticus (Gregory Peck) with Scout (Mary Badham), then Kim Stanley's narration to the vignette about the mad dog, featuring Caplurnia (Estelle Evans), Jem (Phillip Alford) and Sheriff Tate (Frank Overton), from To Kill A Mockingbird, 1962.
To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) -- (Movie Clip) There's A Pearl Necklace Starting with a famous camera move, Atticus (Gregory Peck) tucking Scout (Mary Badham) into bed, then on the porch hearing her with brother Jem (Phillip Alford) remembering their mother, in To Kill A Mockingbird, 1962.
To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) -- (Movie Clip) A Maniac Lives There Jem (Phillip Alford) and Scout (Mary Badham) in the tree-house, first meet Dill (John Megna), tell him legends of Boo Radley, underlined by Aunt Stephanie (Alice Ghostley), early in To Kill A Mockingbird, 1962, directed by Robert Mulligan.
To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) -- (Movie Clip) Opening, Maycomb Stephen Frankfurt's famous credit sequence and Kim Stanley as the voice of the adult "Scout," reading from Harper Lee's novel, opening To Kill A Mockingbird, 1962, starring Gregory Peck.
To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) -- (Movie Clip) What Kind Of Man Are You? Jem (Phillip Alford), Scout (Mary Badham) and Dill (John Megna) to the courthouse where they observe Atticus (Gregory Peck) in early proceedings, then we see him confronted by Ewell (James Anderson), father of the victim, in To Kill A Mockingbird 1962.
Let's Kill Uncle -- (Movie Clip) I Brought You Fish Pre-teen Chrissie (Mary Badham) getting reacquainted with aunt Justine (Linda Lawson), whom she's come to visit on the island, then meeting Ketchman (Reff Sanchez), in William Castle's Let's Kill Uncle, 1966.
Let's Kill Uncle -- (Movie Clip) A Pool With A Shark In It Barnaby (Pat Cardi), whose mysterious uncle owns the island, showing visitor Chrissie (Mary "Scout" Badham) around the ruins, Ketchman (Reff Sanchez) later rescuing, in William Castle's Let's Kill Uncle, 1966.
Let's Kill Uncle -- (Movie Clip) I'm Gonna Whack You Both! Early expository scene on the boat, as cop Travis (Robert Pickering) wrangles young Chrissie (Mary "Scout" Badham) and Barnaby (Pat Cardi), in producer-director William Castle's Let's Kill Uncle, 1966.

Trailer

Promo

Family

Henry Badham
Father
Former US Air Force general, executive. After retiring from the US Air Force as a general, became president of the Bessemer Coal, Iron and Land Company.
Mary Badham
Mother
English; had acted as an amateur in her youth.
John Badham
Brother
Director, producer. Born August 25, 1939 in Luton, England.

Bibliography