WASHINGTON – NOVEMBER 05: (FILE PHOTO) The 1962 film classic ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ was released 50 years ago on Tuesday, January 31, 2012. The film based on the 1960 novel by Harper Lee which starred Gregory Peck in the role of Atticus Finch for which he later won the Academy Award for Best Actor.
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Pulitzer Prize winner and “To Kill A Mockingbird” author Harper Lee smiles before receiving the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom in the East Room of the White House November 5, 2007 in Washington, DC. The Medal of Freedom is given to those who have made remarkable contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, culture, or other private or public endeavors. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)