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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.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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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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