Veronique Peck (née Passani; 5 February 1932 – 17 August 2012) was a French-American arts patron, philanthropist and journalist. She was married to actor, political activist and philanthropist Gregory Peck from 1955 until his death in 2003.
Veronique Passani 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 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.
Veronique Peck became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1976.
Shortly after Gregory Peck's death in 2003, Veronique Peck 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 and her family attended a private White House screening of To Kill a Mockingbird(the film for which Gregory Peck was awarded Oscar) 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 17 August 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.
Thank you for this article on my elegant mother. Her haute couture collection was presented in an exhibition at the Denver Art Museum in 2021, "From Paris to Hollywood, the Fashion and Influence of Veronique and Gregory Peck." It was curated by Florence Muller, the Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion at the Denver Art Museum.
Hello Cecilia, thank you so much for leaving your comments for our article on your beautiful and elegant mother, it is a shame there is so little information about her to make the article more in depth. About the exhibition you mentioned, yes! We put a link of the exhibitiom below the article but unfortunately there is not much info. there for readers interested in your stylish mother. Please let us know if you have any additional information you would like us to share in the article. Thank you so much!
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