"To Kill a Mockingbird" Author Honored by Obama Tribute

Legendary novelist Harper Lee is touched that President Obama taped an introduction to a special TV showing of the 1962 "Mockingbird" film

Thursday, Apr 5, 2012  |  Updated 9:59 AM CDT
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"To Kill a Mockingbird" Author Honored by Obama Tribute

A still from the legendary 1962 film "To Kill a Mockingbird," starring Gregory Peck (pictured) as crusading lawyer (and beloved father) Atticus Finch.

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Alabama author Harper Lee doesn't speak publicly very often, but she says she's honored President Barack Obama is taping an introduction to a special showing of the movie based on her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird."

USA Network says it will air a fully restored version of the movie Saturday evening. It will include a brief introduction by the president, who recognized Lee at a White House event last year.

Lee lives in the south Alabama town of Monroeville. In a statement released by the network, Lee says she is deeply honored that Obama will introduce the movie to a national audience.

The 50-year-old film features actor Gregory Peck as Alabama attorney Atticus Finch fighting for justice for a black defendant in a small southern town. The character is based on Lee's father.

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