Veronique Peck, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Veronique Peck

French-American philanthropist and journalist

Date of Birth: 05-Feb-1932

Place of Birth: Paris, Île-de-France, France

Date of Death: 17-Aug-2012

Profession: journalist

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius


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About Veronique Peck

  • Veronique Peck (née Passani; February 5, 1932 – August 17, 2012) was a French-American arts patron, philanthropist and journalist.
  • She was married to actor, political activist and philanthropist Gregory Peck from 1955 until his death in 2003.She was born in Paris, France; her mother was an artist and writer, while her father was an architect.
  • She began her career as a journalist for France Soir, a French daily newspaper, and met Gregory Peck while conducting an interview for France Soir in 1953.
  • The couple married on December 31, 1955, shortly after Peck's divorce from his first wife, Greta Kukkonen.
  • Veronique Peck became a naturalized U.S.
  • citizen in 1976. Veronique Peck became a well-known philanthropist in Greater Los Angeles.
  • She and her husband raised approximately $50 million for the American Cancer Society during the 1960s.
  • The Los Angeles Times named her "Woman of the Year" in 1967.
  • She also co-founded the Inner City Cultural Center, a theater group composed of members from different ethnic backgrounds, and the Los Angeles Music Center.Shortly after Gregory Peck's death in 2003, Veronique took control of the Gregory Peck Reading Series.
  • The series raises money on behalf of the Los Angeles Public Library through the collaboration of celebrities.
  • Veronique Peck had become friends with author Harper Lee while her husband was filming To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • In 2005, Peck convinced the normally reclusive Lee to accept the Los Angeles Public Library Literary Award in person.
  • Peck and her family attended a private White House screening of To Kill a Mockingbird in 2012 with President Barack Obama to mark what would have been her late husband's 96th birthday.

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