Mary Badham then and now: See Scout from 'To Kill a Mockingbird' today at 65

More than 50 years ago, Mary Badham was just ten years old when she received an Academy Award nomination -- and then she retired from acting.

Not exactly your typical Hollywood story! But Mary, who received critical acclaim for playing Scout Finch in 1962's "To Kill a Mockingbird," wasn't one to follow the rules. She starred in a few more films before stepping away from the limelight in her later teenage years.

But despite her decision to walk away from Hollywood, Mary has never walked away from "To Kill a Mockingbird." Throughout her life, she's traveled the world to share the iconic story and its message of compassion, aiming to inspire generations upon generations of students.

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Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Mary Badham as Scout Finch in the 1962 film version of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. (Photo by ?? John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Gregory Peck standing next to Mary Badham in a scene from the film 'To Kill A Mockingbird', 1962. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images)
Actor Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Mary Badham as Jean Louise 'Scout' Finch in the film 'To Kill a Mockingbird', 1962. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Actor Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, Mary Badham as Jean Louise 'Scout' Finch and Phillip Alford as Jeremy 'Jem' Finch in a publicity still for the film 'To Kill a Mockingbird', 1962. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, UNITED STATES: APRIL 12: Best actor Gregory Peck with his Oscar statuette seated between his wife, Veronique Passani, and actress Mary Badham in movie 'To Kill A Mockingbird' at the 35th Oscar Ceremony at the Civic Center on April 12, 1963 in Santa Monica, United States. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Robert Redford looks on as Mary Badham and Kate Reid laugh in a scene from the Paramount Pictures movie 'This Property Is Condemned' , circa 1966. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Mary Badham holds a doll as she walks on train track in a scene from the Paramount Pictures movie 'This Property Is Condemned' , circa 1966. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 22: Actresses Mary Badham and Beth Grant arrives at the premiere of 'Our Very Own' at the Los Angeles Film Festival at the Director Guild of America on June 22, 2005 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SARASOTA, FL - APRIL 05: Actors Mary Badham and Jason Ritter attend the World Cinema Celebration at the Sarasota Film Festival April 5, 2006 in Sarasota, Florida. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images for the Sarasota Film Festival)
SARASOTA, FL - APRIL 06: (L to R) Actors Mary Badham, Jason Ritter, Richard Jenik and Allison Janney attend the 'Luncheon Under The Banyans' during the Sarasota Film Festival at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens April 6, 2006 in Sarasota, Florida. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images for the Sarasota Film Festival)
Mary Badham during 2006 Twilight Zone Convention Featuring Mickey Rooney in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, United States. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
Mary Badham at the 2007 Twilight Zone Convention, Hilton Hasbrook Heights, Sunday August 5 2007 *** Local Caption ***
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 28: Actress Mary Badham attends the AMPAS and the United States Postal honoring of Gregory Peck with A First-Day-Of-Issue Dedication Ceremony at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on April 28, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
SARASOTA, FL - APRIL 07: Actresses Allison Janney and Mary Badham attend the 'Night Of 1000 Stars' during the Sarasota Film Festival at Michael's On East April 7, 2006 in Sarasota, Florida. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images for the Sarasota Film Festival)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 11: Actress Mary Badham attends The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences Presents The 50th Anniversary Screening Of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on April 11, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Actress Mary Badham attends the AMPAS 50th Anniversary Screening Of 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images)
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Mary stayed close over the years with actor Gregory Peck, who played her father, Atticus Finch, in the classic film. Peck passed away in 2003.

In 2005, Mary was in fact temporarily coaxed out of her retirement from the acting world. Director Cameron Watson was adamant that she was the only actress suited for a part in his film "Our Very Own," and he tracked her down in Alabama to convince her to take the part.

Wish you could hear Mary, now 65, discuss "To Kill a Mockingbird" in person? Her official website includes a contact form for speaking engagements -- maybe a chat is in your future!

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Veronica Cartwright, circa 1960. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Soda Break. Hollywood, California: Four talented young actresses (left to right) Debbie Maldow, Karen Balkin, Veronica Cartwright and Diane Mountford, take a refreshment break between scenes on a schoolroom set of The Children's Hour. Karen Balkin plays the role of Mary Tilford which is considered the best role written for a child and surely one of the most repellent. The film is being produced and directed by William Wyler.
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Promotional headshot of actress Veronica Cartwright, as he appears in the movie 'Alien', 1979. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images)
Actors Sigourney Weaver and Veronica Cartwright in a scene from the movie 'Alien', 1979. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 1: Veronica Cartwright (as Ethel Skakel Kennedy) for the television mini-series, Robert Kennedy and His Times broadcast on CBS over three nights, beginning January 27, 1985. Image dated January 1, 1984. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 1: From left to right, Brad Davis (as Robert Kennedy) and Veronica Cartwright (as Ethel Skakel Kennedy) for the television mini-series, Robert Kennedy and His Times broadcast on CBS over three nights, beginning January 27, 1985. Image dated January 1, 1984. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1985: Actress Veronica Cartwright poses for a portrait in circa 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
PASADENA,CA - SEPTEMBER 7 Actress Veronica Cartwright attends the 1997 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 7, 1997 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Veronica Cartwright attends the Screening of the HBO Original Movie 'The Rat Pack' on August 18, 1998 at Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Homo for the Holidays' Episode 7 -- Air Date 11/25/1999 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Veronica Cartwright as Judith McFarland (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Actress Veronica Cartwright attends the 1999 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on August 28, 1999 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Veronica Cartwright attends the 'Scary Movie' Westwood Premiere on July 2, 2001 at Avco Center Cinemas in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Veronica Cartwright (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 18: Actress Veronica Cartwright poses backstage at the Outfest 2004 Awards Night during the 22nd L.A. Gay and Lesbian Film Festival on July 18, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Veronica Cartwright and Angela Cartwright during Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 60th Anniversary - Inside and Reception at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic for Academy of Television Arts and Sciences)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 26: **EXCLUSIVE** Veronica Cartwright poses at the Hollywood Life Celebrates David Duchovny's Very Good Year Event at the Pacific Design Center on October 26, 2007 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
Veronica Cartwright enter caption here at The Langham Resort on August 8, 2009 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: Actress Veronica Cartwright poses during the arrivals for the opening night performance of 'Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps' at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on April 28, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Tippi Hedren and Veronica Cartwright attend the 'Universal's Legacy Of Horror' hosted by AMPAS, Screening of 'The Birds' at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on October 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/FilmMagic)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Homo for the Holiday' Episode 7 -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Veronica Cartwright as Judith McFarland -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 05: Actress Veronica Cartwright attends The Hollywood Show held at The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel on Saturday October 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 30: Actress Veronica Cartwright attends the Los Angeles premiere of 'The Odd Way Home' at Arena Cinema Hollywood on May 30, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
PARSIPPANY, NJ - OCTOBER 23: Veronica Cartwright attends the Chiller Theatre Expo - Day 1 at Sheraton Parsippany Hotel on October 23, 2015 in Parsippany, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 03: Veronica Cartwright arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Bosch' held at Arclight Hollywood on February 3, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CA - JUNE 28: Veronica Cartwright attends the 43rd Annual Saturn Awards at The Castaway on June 28, 2017 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Justin Baker/FilmMagic)
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