Mr. Tall, Dark & Handsome
Happy Birthday to one of my most beloved leading men, Gregory Peck! Talented, intelligent, dashing and kind ~ his honors include the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime humanitarian efforts, the AFI’s Award for Greatest Male Star of All Time, and a place on the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame ~ quel dreamboat!
Born April 5, 1916 in La Jolla, California, this studly smart cookie studied English and pre-med at UC Berkeley, rowed university crew, ran on the track team, and became involved in theater. After graduating from Berkeley, he headed to New York to hone his acting chops and the rest is history (lucky for us!).
He wasn’t just a scholar, athlete and actor, but also a romantic ~ he was married to the love of his life, beautiful French journalist Veronique (Passani) Peck, for 37 years.
Most memorably for moi, his star shined brightest in To Kill a Mockingbird and Roman Holiday ~ two of my all-time favorites. His powerful performances in these classic films were etched in my heart the moment I first saw them, and I’ve adored him ever since.
His portrayal of Southern lawyer Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird won him an Oscar, and our hearts. His strong personal character perfectly fit the role of such a principled man.
As dreamy American reporter Joe Bradley in Roman Holiday, he romanced Audrey Hepburn’s Princess Ann character, and the two icons started a life-long friendship.
He also had a great sense of humor, scaring Audrey in the famous Mouth of Truth scene at via Margutta….
Always the perfect gentleman ~ halfway through filming, Peck suggested that Audrey be given equal billing ~ a gesture unheard-of in Hollywood.
There is only one Gregory Peck ~ so don’t even waste your time, gents ~ nobody will ever fill his suave shoes.
“I have been described as tall, dark and handsome a million times. If it’s true, I’m just lucky.” ~Gregory Peck