The Untold Story Behind To Kill a Mockingbird




Reading To Kill a Mockingbird is something millions of us have in common. In her documentary and book, Mary McDonagh Murphy explores its enduring power and popularity. She interviews Oprah Winfrey, Wally Lamb, James Patterson, Anna Quindlen, James McBride and others.  With rare cooperation from Harper Lee’s family and friends, Murphy tells the story of a novel that became an American classic.

“Completely fascinating!” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird was released theatrically and opened in 20 cities. It was broadcast nationally on PBS American Masters. To see a preview click here:

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Mary McDonagh Murphy

Mary Murphy is an independent film and television writer/producer whose current projects include a documentary about the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. She has recently produced Cry for Help, a PBS program on mental illness in adolescents which aired nationally on April 29, 2009. She is also the producer of Digital Days, narrated by Tom Brokaw: an examination of the Internet’s impact on the newspaper industry (for the Associated Press).

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C-Span Video of Mary McDonagh Murphy on “Scout, Atticus & Boo”

Mary McDonagh Murphy talked about the impact of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, published 50 years ago that month (July 1960). In her book, Scout, Atticus & Boo, Ms. Murphy included reflections on Lee’s novel from Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, Anna Quindlen, Andrew Young, Scott Turow, and others. During this event, part of the […]



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