The Young Duke: The Early Life of John Wayne

The Young Duke: The Early Life of John Wayne

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By the time Stagecoach made John Wayne a silver-screen star in 1939, the thirty-one-year-old was already a veteran of more than sixty films, having twirled six-guns and foiled cattle rustlers in B Westerns for five studios. By the 1950s he was Hollywood’s most popular actor—an Academy Award nominee destined to become an American icon. This biography reveals the story of his early life, illustrated with rare archival images.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493034048
Publisher: TwoDot
Publication date: 03/15/2018
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 517,664
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Chris Enss is an award-winning screenwriter and the author or coauthor of more than two dozen books. She lives in Grass Valley, California.

Howard Kazanjian is an award-winning producer and entertainment executive who for three decades has been producing television programs and feature films, including two of the highest grossing films of all time, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. He lives in San Marino, California.

Kazanjian and Enss have coauthored several other books for Two Dot/Globe Pequot Press, including The Trials of Annie Oakley, The Cowboy and the Senorita, Mochi's War, Sam Sixkiller, Death Row All Stars, Happy Trails, Thunder Over the Prairie, and Ma Barker.

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Excerpt from Chapter 7: Private Life Public Chata Bauer frantically paced back and forth across the floor of the massive living room in the home she shared with John Wayne. It was late. She backhanded a wave of silky, black hair out of her eyes and pulled her designer robe tightly around her shapely figure. Her cheeks were stained with tears and the makeup she used to cover the blemishes on her face was streaked. She checked the clock over the fireplace for the millionth time and headed to the bar in the corner of the room. After pouring herself a glass of bourbon and stirring it with her finger, she downed the drink in one swallow. A picture of she and Duke together with their dogs caught her eye. She picked up the photo, cursed Wayne in Spanish, then threw the framed print against the wall. The glass shattered into a million pieces. Several pages of a phone book lay strewn over the coffee table. She had called everyone she could think of looking for her husband. Just as she made her way to the phone, picked up the receiver and started to dial another number, the doorbell rang. Wayne was on the other side trying to get into the house, but the door was locked. He jiggled the handle, rang the bell again and pounded on the wooden frame. He yelled for Chata to let him in, but she refused. She cursed at him, returned to the bar, poured herself another drink, and proceeded down the hallway toward her bedroom. After a few moments, Wayne’s persistent shouts for someone to let him in stopped. All was quiet for a moment and then a few of the glass panes around the door shattered. Wayne’s sturdy fist reached in through the broken window and unlocked the door. He then dragged his weary frame to the couch and plopped down. He could hear Chata and her mother, Esperanza, speaking in hushed, angry tones in the other room. He knew there would be hell to pay for his late arrival home. He was resting his eyes, waiting for the inevitable confrontation when Chata burst into the room carrying a loaded automatic weapon that she pointed at Wayne, threatening to kill him. Esperanza followed and pulled on Chata’s arm, trying to talk some sense into her. Chata jerked away from her mother and trained the barrel of the gun on her husband.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jennifer O'Neill v

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Becoming Duke 1

The Big Trail 23

Home on the Range 45

Stagecoach 61

Married with Children 73

A Reel Cowboy 85

A Private Life Public 103

The Cowboy Is an Actor 121

Civic-Minded Duke 139

For Love of Country 151

Wayne's Alamo 163

Epilogue: Celebrating Duke 174

Filmography 177

Bibliography 188

Index 191

About the Authors 194

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