Veronique Peck: French-American philanthropist and journalist (1932 - 2012) | Biography
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Veronique Peck
French-American philanthropist and journalist

Veronique Peck

Veronique Peck
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Intro French-American philanthropist and journalist
Was Journalist
From United States of America
Field Journalism
Gender female
Birth 5 February 1932, Paris
Death 17 August 2012, Los Angeles (aged 80 years)
Spouse: Gregory Peck
Children: Cecilia Peck
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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 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.


Veronique Peck died of a heart ailment at her home in Los Angeles, California on August 17, 2012, at the age of 80. She was survived by her daughter filmmaker Cecilia Peck, son Anthony Peck, three grandchildren, and her brother, Cornelius Passani.

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