Typed Letter Signed - 1982
Typed Letter Signed by Gregory Peck to playwright Leonard Gershe, dated November 2, 1982, on Peck’s personal stationery, encouraging him on a play Gershe had written. With handsome vintage photograph of Peck. Peck mentions his daughter, Cecilia, who works for his production company, Atticus Corp.—named, of coourse, after his character Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Gregory Peck (1916-2003) was an American actor. One of 20th Century Fox’s most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s, Peck continued to play important roles well into the 1980s. His notable performances include that of Atticus Finch in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird, for which he won an Academy Award. President Lyndon Johnson honored Peck with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969 for his lifetime humanitarian efforts. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Peck among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking at #12.
Leonard Gershe (1922-2002) was an American playwright, screenwriter, and lyricist. Born in New York City, Gershe made his Broadway debut as a lyricist for the 1950 revue Alive and Kicking. He wrote the book for Harold Rome’s musical stage adaptation of Destry Rides Again in 1959, and in 1969 a play, Butterflies are Free. He wrote the lyrics for the “Born in a Trunk” sequence from the Judy Garland/James Mason musical A Star Is Born. In the 1950s, Gershe wrote ten scripts for the Ann Sothern sitcom Private Secretary. He also wrote a number of episodes of The Lucy Show. His screen credits include Funny Face, 40 Carats, and Butterflies Are Free.