By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Jean Louise Finch is coming to town, but you probably know her better as “Scout.”
At 8 p.m. Sept. 16, there will be a free screening of “To Kill a Mockingbird” at Fairpark.
Mary Badham, who portrayed “Scout” in the 1962 film, will attend the screening. She’ll tell stories about how the movie, as well as Harper Lee’s novel of the same name, affected her life.
“One thing she’ll talk about is that great cast, Gregory Peck and Robert Duvall,” said Lisa Reed of Tupelo. “She remained friends with Gregory Peck. He really was wonderful to her.”
Reed helped arrange Badham’s visit to Tupelo. As children, the pair attended Brooke Hill School in Birmingham, Ala. The school is now known as Altamont School.
During a reunion in July, Reed mentioned the Sept. 16 screening to Badham, who lives in Richmond, Va.
“She’s going all over the country during the 50th anniversary of the book and talking about ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’” Reed said.
In addition to attending the screening, Badham will visit with students at Milam School.
“I’m so glad that she’s going to come. I think it will be fun, and it just worked out,” Reed said. “It gives people a reason to see the movie again or re-read the book.”
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Before Mary Badham comes to town, the movies at Fairpark will feature another actor.
Chris Strompolos, who plays Indiana Jones in “Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation,” will be in town for the movie’s screening at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26. It’s free.
Call (800) 533-0611, or visit www.tupelofilmfestival.net.