Mary Badham Overview:

Actress, Mary Badham, was born on Oct 7, 1952 in Birmingham, AL. As of December 2021, Mary Badham was 69 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:

Atticus Finch: Good Afternoon Miss Dubose... My, you look like a picture this afternoon.
Scout: [hiding behind Atticus whispering to Jem and Dill] He don't say a picture of what.

[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.

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Mary Badham Facts
Lost the "supporting actress" Oscar to another child actress: Patty Duke for The Miracle Worker (1962).

Remained friends with Gregory Peck after the filming of To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and still called him Atticus. after Peck's character in the film). Keeps in touch with Phillip Alford (her screen brother, "Jem") and Brock Peters ("Tom Robinson", the accused).

Had no acting experience prior to getting a role in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). She was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Supporting Actress category.

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