Friday, 19 February 2016

Actress Who Played Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird Remembers Harper Lee

Harper Lee and Mary Badham
American novelist Nelle Harper Lee died in her sleep on Friday. She was 89.
Lee wrote only one book, the modern literary classic To Kill a Mockingbird. She never wrote another.
Mary Badham was 10 years old when she met Ms. Lee on the set of the 1962 movie, To Kill a Mockingbird. Badham starred as tomboy Scout Finch. Like Lee, Scout was the daughter of a respected attorney who was committed fighting to racial injustice. They remained friends for 50 years.

“She was a dear friend,” said Badham in an exclusive interview with The NY Daily News.
An emotional Badham recalled her favorite memories of Lee: “The last few times of being together, when we were just laughing and talking,” she said.
To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1060, 3 years after Lee turned in a manuscript with a different title, Go Set a Watchman.
The publishers — the now-defunct J. B. Lippincott Company, made her rewrite the manuscript over and over until, out of frustration, she flung the pages out a window into the snow.
She called her literary agent in tears. Her agent, Tay Hohoff, told her to march outside immediately and pick up every page.
“I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told,” Lee said in 2015.
After 3 years of setbacks, Ms. Lee reshaped Go Set a Watchman intoMockingbird, a novel worthy of publishing. But she didn’t have high hopes.
“I never expected any sort of success with Mockingbird. I was hoping for a quick and merciful death at the hands of the reviewers but, at the same time, I sort of hoped someone would like it enough to give me encouragement,” she told Roy Newquist in a rare interview in 1964.
To Kill a Mockingbird was an immediate bestseller, racking up awards and accolades including a Pulitzer prize.
Of the Oscar award-winning film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, Horton Foote said: “I think it is one of the best translations of a book to film ever made.”
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