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Mary Badham Overview:

Actress, Mary Badham, was born on Oct 7, 1952 in Birmingham, AL. As of December 2019, Mary Badham was 67 years old.



Although Badham was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1962Best Supporting ActressTo Kill a Mockingbird (1962)Scout FinchNominated

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Mary Badham Quotes:

[about Jem]
Scout: You can pet him, Mr. Arthur. He's asleep. Couldn't if he was awake, though; he wouldn't let you. Go ahead.

Scout: I said, 'Hey,' Mr. Cunningham. How's your entailment getting along?
[He turns and looks away]
Scout: Don't you remember me, Mr. Cunningham? I'm Jean Louise Finch. You brought us some hickory nuts one early morning, remember? We had a talk. I went and got my daddy to come out and thank you. I go to school with your boy. I go to school with Walter; he's a nice boy. Tell him 'hey' for me, won't you? You know something, Mr. Cunningham, entailments are bad. Entailments...
[She suddenly becomes self-conscious]
Scout: Atticus, I was just saying to Mr. Cunningham that entailments were bad but not to worry. Takes a long time sometimes...
[to the men who are staring up at her]
Scout: What's the matter? I sure meant no harm, Mr. Cunningham.

Scout: Jem is up in a tree, he said he won't come down until you agree to play football with the Methodists.

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Interviewed in "Growing Up on the Set: Interviews with 39 Former Child Actors of Classic Film and Television" by Tom Goldrup and Jim Goldrup (McFarland, 2002).

Younger sister (by 14 years) of director John Badham.

For a while, she was the youngest nominee for the Best Supporting Actress award (for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)) at the age of ten. Then nine-year-old 'Tatum O'Neal (I)' won for her role on Paper Moon (1973) and now holds the record.

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