A survey of Queensland's favourite read has chosen Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" as Number 1. And what a wonderful book it is. Who else but Gregory Peck could have played 'Atticus' in the film? Nobody, in my humble opinion, but then I'm a life-long fan of Mr Peck's. He is/was my dream man. I think he is to blame for my never finding my "Mr Right"! Gregory Peck had such charisma about him, even in his latter years. I watched a wonderful documentary on him a few years ago when he was doing talk circuits throughout colleges in the States. His last visit to 'Down Under' was in 1997. I still have the pic of him that was on the front page of the "Courier Mail", taken during his visit. He was in his eighties then, and he still looked great with his 'pepper and salt' beard. I remember showing it to my brother and saying, "Now...is that a man or is that not a man?" He certainly had a style about him. By the way, my brother agreed with me. He, also, was a fan of Mr. Peck. When he died, I pulled out my video copy of "Roman Holiday" and watched it for the hundredth time...and yes, I cried at the end of it, as well! As a by-line...I cry in happy movies, too!
It was also interesting to see that Louisa M. Alcott's "Little Women" came in seventh place. I read all of the March girls' series when I was young, many times over. I still adore those stories...and I still cry over them! I have no idea how many times I've seen each filmed version of "Little Women"...and yes...I cry, even though I know the story by heart!