Gregory Peck Stamp
Lest anyone doubt Gregory Peck’s status as a “Legend of Hollywood,” the US Post Office officially recognized the acclaimed actor Apr. 28 by issuing a commemorative stamp in his name.
With longtime family friend Sharon Stone acting as emcee, Senator Chris Dodd, Morgan Freeman, Laura Dern and members of the Peck family took turns at the podium to speak of Peck’s kindness, humanity and similarity to the idealistic, highly-principled characters he portrayed in films. Dodd is chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America.
Celebrities, friends and fans packed the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills for the “First Day of Issue” ceremony and be the first to see the Gregory Peck stamp. Peck’s widow Veronique Peck and children Carey, Anthony and Cecilia welcomed Joanna and Sidney Poitier, Jolene and George Schlatter, Irena and Mike Medavoy, Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Colleen and Bill Bell, Ed Begley, Jr., Sally Kellerman, Joni Smith, Sheila Weisman and Connie Gavin.
The Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard from March Air Reserve Base led off the event with a presentation of colors, followed by Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, singing the national anthem. Dennis Toner of the US Postal Service Board of Governors performed the dedication and in conclusion, the Peck family unveiled the “forever” stamp, meaning it will always be equal in value to a first-class stamp.
Nominated for five Academy Awards, Peck is depicted in the stamp in perhaps his most memorable role, the one that garnered the Academy Award: that of Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Top photo: Constance Gavin, left, with Veronique Peck, right, Gregory Peck’s widow getting ready for the ceremony to unveil the new Gregory Peck stamp
Bottom photo: Chris Dodd and Sharon Stone at the reception.
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Published Aug. 31, 2011 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA