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Wayne was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the highest civilian honor of the U.S. – My Blog

The roughest, toughest cowboy in Hollywood, John Wayne will forever be remembered for his gunslinging roles. He launched his career during the silent era of the 1920s, and ultimately went on to star in over 170 films and TV productions over the 50 years that followed. But to many, Wayne was more than a movie star—he was an American icon celebrating our nation’s “frontiersman history.” Long after his death in 1979, the American Film Institute named Wayne one of the greatest male stars of classic American cinema, and the actor was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the highest civilian honor of the U.S.—for his lifetime contribution to film.

Today, Wayne is survived by his seven children from three marriages, as well as his many grandchildren. Among those grandchildren is Nashville-based guitarist and singer Jennifer Wayne, who’s now taking the country music world by storm! Read on to see the blonde bombshell now and to find out how her grandfather’s memory has shaped her own career in crucial moments.
Jennifer Wayne looks right at home on stage at country music shows, but she says she found her passion for performing later in life. “I’ve loved music since I was little, but I grew up being a tennis player,” she told Risen Magazine. “With my dad, music wasn’t really an option; it was tennis, tennis, tennis.” When she turned eighteen, she picked up her first guitar and began learning the instrument. Soon after, she joined her then-boyfriend’s family band. “One day [my boyfriend’s] dad said, ‘Jen, you should sing!’” she recalled. “I was so nervous, but I did it! Then we just started going around and singing at little gigs. I was playing guitar and writing the songs, and we’d record the songs on this recorder they had. That was my first kind of band.”
Today, she’s one third of the country trio Runaway June, which has had several hit songs including “Buy My Own Drinks,” “We Were Rich,” “Wild West,” and “Lipstick.” The group toured with Carrie Underwood in 2019 before releasing their first full album later that year.

n addition to her bustling music career, Wayne has also made her big break on the silver screen. “I have a girlfriend that produces movies, and she called me one day and asked me if I wanted to be in a movie,” Wayne explained to Risen. “I said, ‘Yea, that would be awesome!’ I was thinking it was going to be this small, rinky-dink little movie and that it would just be for fun.” Upon arrival she realized it was a full scale production “with trailers and crew members and all of this equipment and stuff.” Her response? “Well shoot, I’ve got to just fake it ’til I make it.”
he singer says she conjured one of her grandfather’s favorite movie quotes to make it through the intimidating shoot: “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway,” she told herself, recalling one of her granddad’s famous onscreen lines. In the end, Wayne says the experience gave her “the acting bug,” and made her want to pursue future film opportunities.
You may also remember Wayne from one of her two appearances on CBS’s The Amazing Race, which she competed on alongside then-bandmate Caroline Cutbirth. After traversing 22 cities in nine countries, Wayne and Cutbirth came in second as the winning team jumped out of a plane just moments before them to secure first prize. “We were four seconds away from being millionaires!” Wayne told the site Reality TV World of their dramatic second-place finish.
In January of this year, Wayne married her sweetheart Austin Moody after a two-week long engagement. According to People, the wedding had a sweet, nostalgic twist that honored her late grandfather: it was cowboy themed. The bride wore a white crepe chiffon dress and cowboy boots, and the groom and guests wore western-style hats. As her “something borrowed,” Wayne also donned her grandmother’s engagement ring, which was given to her by the late movie star.
Wayne tied the knot in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida in front of just 20 of the couple’s closest friends and family. They hope to have a larger gathering in Nashville once they can safely do so without pandemic restrictions, People reports.

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John Wayne’s unexpected reaction to his lung cancer diagnosis. – My Blog

Years before people would take getting checked for cancer seriously, John Wayne actually did and it ended up saving his life.His son Ethan Wayne, in the latest Gritcast, talks with Stacy Mulder, who is vice president of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.In this clip provided by the John Wayne Estate on Instagram, Ethan offers some insight into his father’s reasoning for taking action.

John Wayne also knew that it was possible he might not get insured for future pictures.Take a look and listen as The Duke’s son opens up about this important subject.Fans did not hold back their love and respect for Wayne.One of them writes, “Your Dad was one of a kind!”Another one writes, “I loved and still love and respect the person he was! Not just a wonderful actor and entertainer but a great human being! They don’t make them like him anymore!”

A Wayne fan offers up a simple comment. “Awesome son and father”.Outsiders, we will agree that Ethan has done a stellar job in helping to keep the name of John Wayne in the public eye.While The Duke had that cancerous tumor removed and went on to more movie success, he still had issues with cancer.

Sadly, Wayne died in 1979 from stomach cancer.John Wayne Movie ‘Big Jake’ Might Be Super Flick For This Hollywood ActorSo, who would be a solid fit to play the role that John Wayne made famous in Big Jake?Again, we turn to the Wayne sons for some feedback.Ethan and Patrick Wayne offer up their thoughts on this question.“For a while, I’ve watched […] Gene Hackman, at a certain period of his career he easily could have done it,” one son says.

When someone else asks, “What about Russell Crowe?” Patrick says, “Russell Crowe would be great.” Others say “he’s good in everything he does.”The John Wayne Estate has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of Big Jake, which premiered in 1971. Big Jake happened to be director George Sherman’s final film.The cast included Wayne, Maureen O’Hara , and Richard Boone. Big Jake follows the McCandles family while they are being attacked by the Fain Gang.

Martha McCandles ends up sending for estranged husband Jacob “Big Jake” McCandles to find their kidnapped grandson, Little Jake.Film critics took note of the film’s violence, especially for a Wayne movie.Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune writes, “With a little bit of restraint, the latest John Wayne Western, ‘Big Jake,’ might have been one of the veteran star’s recent best. The most obvious excess and this is unusual for a John Wayne film is violence.”

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Bruce Dern paid homage to Western past as ” Man Who Killed John Wayne ” – My Blog

Over the years, Bruce Dern has made quite a career in film. From acting to producing and just about every facet of the industry. One of his most notable roles, earlier in his career was when he killed John Wayne. That film, 1972’s The Cowboy, came up in his Goliath series.Dern’s series, Goliath features Billy Bob Thornton and others in a legal drama, unlike many others.

Throughout the series, the production crew has tried their best to incorporate some of the film legend’s old material into the show. A man who has worked with everyone from Alfred Hitchcock to John Wayne, Quentin Tarantino and more, has a lot to reflect on.

However, it was how they paid homage to that old John Wayne film that really surprised Dern. During the fourth and final season, Billy McBride has a dream in which Dern appears. Riding a horse and wearing a very familiar outfit.“But what they did that I didn’t know, they went back to Western Custom and got the 1972 exact costume I wore in The Cowboys when I killed John Wayne,” Bruce Dern said.

“They did stuff like that. I was totally surprised. I said, ‘S***, I’ve seen this stuff before.’ And they said, ‘Yeah, you wore it in The Cowboys when you killed John Wayne.’ Oh, my God.’” He continued, “Each day they’d come up with little things like that particularly for me. I really appreciated that. And that is Larry Trilling and big-time Billy Bob Thronton. He’s all about what was there before. I mean, we’re not inventing the wheel, so to speak. We’re trying to find new ways to communicate things. And I enjoyed the opportunity to do that.”Bruce Dern Made a Lot of Enemies Killing John WayneWhile the action was just part of a movie, The Cowboy had quite an influence on how many Western fans viewed Bruce Dern. Taking out The Duke is no small task. It comes with a lot of repercussions. Especially the way his character did it, shooting Wayne in the back after losing a fistfight…in front of a bunch of kids.

While the dramatics of the scene was a perfect example of those old classic Westerns, Dern never really shook the reputation with a certain generation of fans. However, while working with John Wayne, Dern received direct orders to disrespect Wayne on set.“But right at the start, he says to me, ‘I want you to do us a favor.’ He was including himself, [director] Mark Rydell, and the scriptwriters.” Dern explained that during the pep talk, “He [Wayne] gave me carte blanche to just treat him like a turd.” All so the kids acting on set as the cowboys would be scared of the bad guys.

Bruce Dern got into the role and listened to the orders that Wayne gave him. Now, the movie is a Western classic, and infamous in the minds and hearts of John Wayne fans everywhere.

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John Wayne or Jeff Bridges, who plays the role of Rooster Cogburn well? – My Blog

Two movies made 50 years apart, both based on a novel by the same name. Two different iconic actors took turns playing the rough-and-tumble marshal Rooster Cogburn in their respective versions of “True Grit.” John Wayne played him in the 1969 version, Jeff Bridges in 2010. Both were celebrated critically. Now, Duke’s official Instagram account is comparing the performances to see which one did it better.Of course, the question was posed by the John Wayne account. So it’s safe to say the people who responded in the comments were at least slightly biased toward the 1969 version.

Then again, both Rooster Cogburn actors were nominated for Academy Awards for their performances. So it’s really anybody’s game.“John Wayne & Jeff Bridges were both nominated for Oscars for their performance as Rooster Cogburn. Which version of the movie is your favorite, 1969 or 2010?” the Instagram caption read.

In the world of remakes, few movies do as much justice to their original counterparts as the 2010 version of “True Grit” from the Coen Brothers. There was no consensus among fans whatsoever. But some of the most popular sentiments seemed to be that the 1969 “True Grit” with John Wayne as Cogburn featured the more iconic performance. Though, many fans thought the 2010 movie was closer to the source text than the original.

“I have to fall on the side of the Duke. BUT, that’s the BEST remake of a film, I’ve ever seen! Loved them both,” a fan replied to the Instagram post.“2010 Much richer film and truer to the book’s feel. Wayne was robbed of an Oscar for the Searchers and this was a lifetime achievement award,” another added.Two Versions of ‘True Grit,’ Two Very Different Approaches to Character . One of the biggest complaints John Wayne fans had of Jeff Bridges’ approach to Rooster Cogburn was how disheveled he appeared.

“Jeff Bridges was horrible had marbles in house mouth and portrait Roster as a slob,” another fan replied to the post from John Wayne’s estate.But a different fan pointed out that, indeed, the portrayal of Rooster Cogburn in the novel by Charles Portis was one of a slobbish man.This isn’t to say that the Bridges performance is better for accuracy. It’s just that Henry Hathaway, the director of the 1969 “True Grit,” and the Coen brothers took different approaches to their movies. As a result, the actors contrasted greatly in their portrayals of Rooster Cogburn.

At the end of the day, however, the win may have to go to John Wayne on this one. After all, we’re still waiting on Jeff Bridges to reprise the role in a sequel. Duke did it in the 1975 film “Rooster Cogburn.”

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