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John Wayne: the Life, the Legend

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Claire Trevor and John Wayne in 'Stagecoach,' directed by John Ford, 1938 Claire Trevor and John Wayne in "Stagecoach," directed by John Ford, 1938 (From the author’s collection/Courtesy of the author)

John Wayne was one of Hollywood’s most famous and most successful actors, but he was more than that. He became a symbol of America itself. Wayne projected dignity, integrity, and strength in all his films, even when his characters were flawed, and whatever character he played was always prepared to confront injustice in his own way. Scott Eyman discusses John Waye’s life and career. His new biography,John Wayne: The Life and Legend, traces Wayne’s life from his childhood to his stardom in Stagecoach and in some of his other greatest films, among them She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Quiet Man, and The Searchers.

Guests:

Scott Eyman

Comments [7]

David

When John Wayne started his own production company, he named it after his mother. When all of the corporate paperwork and company stationery arrived, the secretary who handled the work for all of it had made a mistake with the spelling of his mother's name. Do you know what Wayne did to that secretary?

Nothing. He didn't want to embarrass her or make her feel bad. He kept the incorrect spelling as his company's name.

Jun. 03 2014 02:02 PM
The Truth from Becky

NOPE, proves his FATHER was not a nurturer.

Jun. 03 2014 01:54 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

I guess Wayne's mother wasn't so nurturing, Becky! Maybe that's why he got all that phony testosterone he displayed in movies but didn't have in real life.

Jun. 03 2014 01:48 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

I guess Wayne's mother wasn't so nurturing! Maybe that's why he got all that phony testosterone he displayed in movies but didn't have in real life.

Jun. 03 2014 01:47 PM
The Truth from Becky

Enough said.

Jun. 03 2014 01:47 PM
john from office

Why did his movies eventually become silly with predictable characters, plots and the eventual predictable bar room fight?? The Searchers was the height of his career.

Before you put him down, remember he was an actor playing a role.

Jun. 03 2014 01:37 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Marion Robert Morrison was as phoney as a $3 dollar bill. He once said himself, “I’ve played the kind of man I’d like to have been.”

Wikipedia-

"Wayne applied to the U.S. Naval Academy, but was not accepted. He instead attended the University of Southern California (USC), majoring in pre-law. He was a member of the Trojan Knights and Sigma Chi fraternities.[17]:30 Wayne also played on the USC football team under coach Howard Jones. A broken collarbone injury curtailed his athletic career; Wayne later noted he was too terrified of Jones's reaction to reveal the actual cause of his injury, a bodysurfing accident.[18] He lost his athletic scholarship and, without funds, had to leave the university.[19][20]"

Unlike Jimmy Stewart who became a real hero as a bombadier pilot in WWII, Wayne stayed out of the war:

Wikipedia
"Wayne toured U.S. bases and hospitals in the South Pacific for three months in 1943 and 1944.[31] By many accounts, Wayne's failure to serve in the military was the most painful experience of his life.[32] His widow later suggested that his patriotism in later decades sprang from guilt, writing: "He would become a 'superpatriot' for the rest of his life trying to atone for staying home."[33]"

Jun. 03 2014 01:20 PM

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