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Veronique Peck, Actor’s Widow And Arts Patron, Dies

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Veronique Peck attends the AMPAS and the United States Postal honoring of Gregory Peck with A First-Day-Of-Issue Dedication Ceremony at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on April 28, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Veronique Peck attends the AMPAS and the United States Postal honoring of Gregory Peck with A First-Day-Of-Issue Dedication Ceremony at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on April 28, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Veronique Passani Peck, the widow of actor Gregory Peck and a longtime arts patron, has died. She was 80.

Family publicist Monroe Friedman says Veronique Peck died Friday of heart failure at her Los Angeles home.

Born in Paris, Veronique Peck met the actor when she interviewed him for the newspaper France Soir.

At age 23, she moved to the United States and married the movie star. Their marriage lasted 48 years until his death in 2003.

Veronique Peck helped create the Inner City Cultural Center in South Los Angeles, was a founder of the Los Angeles Music Center and a longtime fundraiser for the Los Angeles Public Library.

She is survived by two children, writer/producer Anthony Peck and documentary filmmaker Cecilia Peck Voll, a brother and three grandchildren.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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