Gregory Peck’s widow Veronique, an arts supporter, dies at 80

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Veronique Peck and her daughter pose at a screening celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Academy Award winning film "To Kill A Mockingbird" at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Beverly HillsLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Veronique Peck, the widow of screen legend Gregory Peck, has died at age 80 of heart failure at her home in Los Angeles, a spokesman for her family said on Saturday. She passed away on Friday, said her representative Monroe Friedman. Born in Paris as Veronique Passani, she became a reporter for the daily newspaper France Soir and met Peck in 1953 when she interviewed him for a story. They were married on December 31 that year, the day after Peck's divorce from his first wife, Greta Kukkonen, was finalized. Veronique Peck, who became a U.S. …

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