Saturday, April 26, 2014
W is for John Wayne
BORN: May 26, 1907
DIED: June 11, 1979
AGED: 72 from cancer
REAL NAME: Marion Michael Morrison...yup Marion
NICKNAME: The Duke-after his boyhood dog the local firemen gave him the nickname since he hung around them with his doggie.
MARRIAGES: 3 times-the 2nd one-ouch!
FAMOUS PARTNERS: John Ford, Ward Bond, Maureen O'Hara
One of My all time Favs and I have to say, in his later life reminded me of my dad. A Great man, Tall, stood by his convictions even when they were not popular. He commanded respect. Conservative in his politics and agreed with the HUAC-not the best thing and a dark time. Staunch anti communist. His 2nd marriage was a disaster as they drank too much and fought and he made the biggest mistake-he let his mother in law move in. Had a terrible time to divorce her (she died of alcoholism soon after). He Loved his Latin women and his tequila and the sea. Contrary to what is now believed he did try to enter WW2 but was declined as he had an old football injury that made him 4F. He tried several times until the higher ups at the government and his studio) said he would better serve by making movies since he also was a family man and older. apparently even John Ford tried to help but to no avail. He was a 4 pack a day smoker-not good. He also made one of the all time worst films called "The Conqueror" (I claim this Tar-Tar woman...) . They filmed on location near atomic bomb testing and there was a lot of dust ups etc... The director, leading lady, supporting actors plus 78 other crew members all died from cancer. He fought the cancer or The Big C as he called it with courage. He wanted to be remembered by a Spanish saying that says "He's Big, He's Ugly But He Had Dignity". When I saw him at the Oscars in 1979 he was so thin, I wept. My dad knew it would not be long before he passed away.
OSCAR: True Grit (sorry Jeff Bridges but John Wayne does it best)
FILMS: Stagecoach, The Flying Tigers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Red River, The Quiet Man, The Searchers, Rio Bravo, The Alamo, Hatari, McLintlock, North To Alaska, Sons of Katie Elder, Chisolm, The Shootist