Greta Kukkonen

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Greta Kukkonen
Born (1911-01-25)25 January 1911
Helsinki, Finland
Died 19 January 2008(2008-01-19) (aged 96)
Beverly Hills, California
Spouse(s) Charles Rice
Gregory Peck (1942-1955; divorced); 3 sons
Children Jonathan Peck
Stephen Peck
Carey Peck

Greta Peck (née Eine Matilda Kukkonen; January 25, 1911, Helsinki, Finland – January 19, 2008, Beverly Hills, California) was a Finnish-American real estate broker and first wife of Hollywood actor Gregory Peck.

The Kukkonen family emigrated to the United States in 1913 and she later changed her name from Eine Kukkonen to Greta Konen. Her first husband was Charles Rice. Konen married Peck in 1942, but the couple divorced in 1955. They had three sons: Jonathan, Stephen and Carey. She later owned a beauty salon and an estate agency and was active in charitable causes, raising money for Finnish World War II veterans.[citation needed]

For those activities, she received the Order of the White Rose from the Finnish Government in 1967. She was also a member of the Finnish-American Chamber of Commerce and received an honorary doctorate from Finlandia University in 1994.[citation needed]