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Day 15: Gregory Peck

Thanks to everyone for an excellent tribute to yesterday’s star Bette Davis. Make sure you check out all the wonderful contributions. 

For the next 24 hours we honor Gregory Peck.

Here’s some trivia:

  • Peck had unprecedented control over his career. He refused to sign longterm contracts with any one studio and insisted on handpicking his own projects. This resulted in a unique and diverse filmography for Peck. And he was happy! (NY Times)
  • During the filming of Roman Holiday, Peck met Veronique Passani, the woman who would become his second wife. The two remained together until Peck’s death in 2003. Passani-Peck passed away in 2012. (IMDb)
  • Peck made his Broadway debut in 1942 in The Morning Star (
  • The Keys of the Kingdom (1945) made Gregory Peck a star. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role. (TCMDB)

On to the blogging…

Here at The Fence, we’re honored to have writer/director Theresa Brown as a guest blogger for our tribute to Gregory Peck. She has written a great essay on Peck’s performance in The Macomber Affair.

Our friends at True Classics are back! This time it’s Nikki with a look at one of our personal favorites: The Valley of Decision.

Aurora from Once Upon a Screen put together a post with a few of Peck’s radio performances, including an episode of Suspense!

Travis from Cinemalacrum returns with a piece on Peck’s performance in Hitchcock’s bizarre and beautiful Spellbound.

Kristen from Journeys In Classic Film is back with a look at Peck and costar Ingrid Bergman in Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound.

We welcome back the Metzinger Sisters from Silver Scenes with a look at Captain Horatio Hornblower.

And yours truly has written a piece for The Moviola on why Gregory Peck Always Makes Me Cry

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Jill Blake

Jill Blake is the owner of the classic film website Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence. She is also a co-founder and editor of the film site The Black Maria and film editor at CC2K. In 2012, she was interviewed on-air by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. In 2013, she was a featured guest on the TCM podcast. In her spare time Jill is a stay-at-home mom, wife, fried okra connoisseur, and the neighborhood’s own L.B. Jeffries.


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