“We toured around the country, traveling by train, and visiting every state. Of course, we stayed longer in big cities, like Chicago. They had a beautiful home in Manhattan with a garden overlooking the East River where they often entertained great writers and other interesting people.” “Gregory Peck was a recent graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, and had gotten an engagement with the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. He was so impressed that he asked Gregory to join their theater group. In the earlier days Gregory had been so broke that he had to sleep on a bench in Central Park.
And that’s where Gregory and I first met,” Greta recounts. “My brother Paul and I shared a two bedroom apartment on 39th street. Then he got an offer from RKO studio in Hollywood and asked me to marry him.” It was an intimate wedding ceremony with just a few close friends present. They took the oath in a Methodist Church in Manhattan on the fourth of October 1942 and then flew straight away to Los Angeles.
Tragedy brought them together years later when their first-born son Jonathan committed suicide.
She dedicated her life to her children and to charity and is fondly remembered by those touched by her kindness.
“They held grand parties at their home for a couple of hundred guests – all top actors and actresses, producers and directors.
After a grand five course dinner , there was entertainment and dancing to a live orchestra.” “Due to Greg’s work we were always invited to many events. We traveled often for months in New York and elsewhere. So we were constantly living a full life.” Soon they had two other boys, Stephen and Carey.
The family moved to a mansion in Pacific Palisades with a swimming pool, tennis court, and guest house on three and a half acres. Gregory’s working pace was intense – he filmed a couple of dozen movies during their marriage.