The 14th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Earl Warren 1912, J.D. 1914 (left, 1891–1974) brought a divided court together in Brown v. Board of Education, which overturned the infamous “separate but equal” ruling by banning segregated schools. In the 1962 film classic To Kill a Mockingbird, Gregory Peck ’39 (right, 1916–2003) portrayed Atticus Finch, a lawyer who courageously defends a black man wrongfully accused of rape in the Depression-era South. Peck, himself a model of moral integrity, became synonymous with Finch, movie history’s most revered fictional character to fight for racial justice.Connections
Considered the “godfather” of reality-based programming, Ralph Edwards ’35 (left, 1913–2005) is best known as the creator, producer, and host of This Is Your Life, the TV classic that surprised unwitting guests with on-air remembrances by family and friends. Among hundreds of honors, Edwards has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Today’s reigning king of reality TV, Mike Fleiss ’87 (right) has achieved unmatched success as a producer of numerous shows, including The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. He has also dipped into feature films and directed the documentary God Bless Ozzy Osbourne. Follow Fleiss on Twitter @fleissmeister.