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John Wayne Parr’s daughter chasing boxing glory after switch from Muay Thai – My Blog

Parr returns to the ring on Saturday for her fourth professional bout, where she hopes to defend her WIBA flyweight title against Brianna Harrison at Southport Sharks on the Gold Coast.

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As she has been throughout her young career, she will be cornered by her father, combat sports icon, “John” Wayne Parr.MORE: What Jermell Charlo vs. Canelo Alvarez means for Tim Tszyu
After growing up on Muay Thai and kickboxing, the 20-year-old Parr said she feels like she’s found a “home” in the boxing ring.“Before my first boxing fight, I didn’t want to fight boxing. That wasn’t a part of the goal at all,” “Jazzy” told Sporting News.“I took the boxing fight because it was a massive opportunity and as soon as I got in the ring, I was like, ‘This feels like home.’ And I knew that was what I wanted to do.”Parr claimed the Australian title in her debut, the same belt her dad had won in 2001.“As soon as I got out of that ring and had that belt, I knew I wanted more and that’s the goal,” she said.“I want to keep going all the way to the top.”Despite a professional boxing record of 11-3, John Wayne Parr made his name in the Muay Thai and kickboxing scene, building a worldwide fanbase and collecting countless honours over a career spanning more than 20 years.Jasmine, the eldest of three children, had her first kickboxing fight aged eight and looked to be following in not only her father’s footsteps but also those of her mother, Angie, herself formerly a world class fighter.While she’s still in the hurt business, Parr said she’s now got her eyes set on boxing glory.“The plan was always that I was going to do Muay Thai and once I’d got a world title or kind of kicked some goals in Muay Thai, I was going to transition to MMA,” she explained.

“Since that boxing fight, I just really want to stick with boxing and I think this is what I’m going to do for hopefully the rest of my career.”Despite reaching the pinnacle of his sport, John Wayne Parr didn’t enjoy the same financial rewards on offer for those at the top in boxing.The 47-year-old is fully supportive of his daughter’s venture down the boxing path.“At this stage, she’s definitely got the taste and the prizemoney is almost triple of her Muay Thai money that she’s made so far,” Parr told Sporting News.“Financially, it’s a wiser career move.“I’ll support her either way. As a father, you’ve got to love your kids for whatever form of violence they like to do to other people.“There’s nothing more rewarding than watching the kids create their own legacy and chase their own dreams.”John Wayne Parr Jazzy Parr

Having been the fighter inside the ropes so often, John Wayne reflected on the challenges of being a trainer, and a father.
“I don’t really get nervous, I get excited. It’s so exciting to walk out behind them and to be in their corners and have them execute the stuff I’m helping them with, seeing the shots that they can’t see,” he said.“And then when they pull it off, we win together, we win as a family. It’s really cool. I’m very lucky and proud of all three kids.“When it’s time to fight, you’ve got to take your father hat off and put your trainer hat on. You can’t get emotional.“Once emotions get in the way of things, then you’re sort of blindsided a little bit.“I try and keep as professional as I can, trying to see the openings and the shots.”In preparation for Saturday’s fight, Jazzy travelled to Thailand for a two-month camp, again treading the same path as her old man.“She trained at the same camp I trained at back in 1996-2000. It’s gone full circle, same camp, same everything,” he said.“It’s really cool having the little baby leave the nest and grow on her own.”As a young fighter with a dream, Parr headed to Thailand to live the Muay Thai life, honing his skills in Spartan conditions.His daughter believes that lifestyle has her primed for a big performance this weekend.
“It was really awesome training at the same camp that my dad trained in,” she said.“That made him the fighter that he is and I can see why. Training eight-hour days is full on – it felt like the army.“You wake up, go run, straight into work for four hours, go to bed, sleep, recover, refuel, then another four hours – that sh*t is hard.“That can make or break you and it’s going to make me, I think.”In Tim Tszyu, Australian boxing has witnessed the rise of its latest superstar, himself grappling with the challenges that come with having a legendary father.While Jasmine Parr isn’t about to ask fans what her “motherf***ing name” is, she can relate to the situation and admits she was probably destined to be a fighter.“I have been in the shadow of my father basically my whole life and I don’t think that’s a bad thing necessarily, but there’s been a lot of pressure my whole career,” she said.“‘She’s only good because of her dad.’ But if I didn’t do the work and I didn’t hustle and I didn’t train my arse off every single day, I wouldn’t be where I am today.“I can have it in my blood too and 100 per cent, I’m going to take that because, why not? I’ve got it in my blood so I’m going to ride that ‘til I die.”

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Rin Tin Tin

When I was very young, my grandfather kept a Rin Tin Tin figurine sitting on his desk. I wanted desperately to play with it, and even more desperately I wanted to have a German shepherd dog of my own, a dog just like the star of “The Adventures of Rin-Tin-Tin”, which debuted on television in 1954. I knew nothing about Rin Tin Tin other than that he was the perfect dog, and that he was a character on television.

When by chance I learned that Rin Tin Tin was a real dog, not just a television character—a real dog with a real life that was extraordinary—I was drawn into the story and eventually to the idea of writing this book. After digging through hundreds of pages of archives and files and photographs, I came to understand that this was not just a story about a dog, or even the many different dogs who make up the Rin Tin Tin legacy; this is a story about a beloved icon who has played a role in decades of American popular culture.

“‘He believed the dog was immortal.’ So begins Susan Orlean’s sweeping, powerfully moving story of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon. From the moment in 1918 when Corporal Lee Duncan discovers Rin Tin Tin on a World War I battlefield, he recognizes something in the pup that he needs to share with the world. Rin Tin Tin’s improbable introduction to Hollywood leads to the dog’s first blockbuster film and over time, the many radio programs, movies, and television shows that follow. The canine hero’s legacy is cemented by Duncan and a small group of others who devote their lives to keeping him and his descendants alive.

“At its heart, Rin Tin Tin is a poignant exploration of the enduring bond between humans and animals. But it is also a richly textured history of twentieth-century entertainment and entrepreneurship and the changing role of dogs in the American family and society. Almost ten years in the making, Susan Orlean’s first original book since The Orchid Thief is a tour de force of history, human interest, and masterful storytelling—the ultimate must—read for anyone who loves great dogs or great yarns.”

Publishers Weekly
“Stirring … A tale of passion and dedication overcoming adversity … Even readers coming to Rin Tin Tin for the first time will find it difficult to refrain from joining Duncan in his hope that Rin Tin Tin’s legacy will ‘go on forever.’”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[Orlean] combines all her skills and passions in this astonishing story … A terrific dog’s tale that will make readers sit up and beg for more.”

Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin and Einstein

“Rin Tin Tin was more than a dog. He embodied the core paradoxes of the American ideal: He was a loner who was also a faithful companion, a brave fighter who was also vulnerable. I was astonished to learn from this delightful book that he has existed for eleven generations over a century. By chronicling his amazing ups and downs, Susan Orlean has produced a hugely entertaining and unforgettable reading experience.”

Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto
“Not only does Susan Orlean give us a fascinating and big-hearted account of all the many incarnations of Rin Tin Tin, she shows us the ever-changing role of American dogs in times of war and peace. This book is for anyone who has ever had a dog or loved a dog or watched a dog on television or thought their dog could be a movie star. In short— everyone.”

Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
“I adored this book. It weaves history, war, show business, humanity, wit, and grace into an incredible story about America, the human-animal bond, and the countless ways we would be lost without dogs by our sides, on our screens, and in our books. This is the story Susan Orlean was born to tell—it’s filled with amazing characters, reporting, and writing.”

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John Wayne ‘punished’ The Longest Day producer for publicly insulting him – My Blog

John Wayne was famous for his tough guy image on and off screen, mostly being known for playing cowboys and military men.By the early 1960s, Duke was in his fifties, struggling with health problems yet continuing to insist on not only doing his own stunts but also playing characters – including historical figures – he was now much older than.

This was especially the case when he was cast in the 1962 D-Day epic The Longest Day, which was released 61 years ago this week.The World War II film featured an incredible all-star cast including Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Sean Connery and Richard Burton. Yet Wayne’s inclusion proved divisive.Incredibly, former President Dwight D Eisenhower almost played himself, but makeup artists couldn’t make him look as young as he did in 1944. Nevertheless, a set decorator with no acting experience with the spitting image of the Supreme Allied Commander was cast.Awkwardly, the real Ike ended up walking out of The Longest Day after just a few minutes, frustrated with all the inaccuracies. Although Eisenhower was considered too old to play his younger self, that didn’t stop Wayne from being cast as 27-year-old Lt Col Benjamin Vandervoort, who was very disappointed to find out he was being portrayed by the overweight 54-year-old Duke.Originally Charlton Heston, who was only a decade older than the real-life paratrooper, had actively sought the part. However, Wayne’s last-minute decision to take on the role blocked him and it came at a huge price to the film’s producer.The Longest Day producer Darryl F Zanuck had managed to negotiate $25,000 fees from his ensemble cast for what was mostly cameos. However, Wayne demanded $250,000 or he’d refused to appear in the movie – a request that was granted.The reason Duke “punished” the producer with this action was because he’d been quoting in an interview calling the Western legend “poor John Wayne” over 1960’s The Alamo.

That blockbuster was produced, directed and largely funded by the star himself. And Zanuck had said he didn’t think much of actors forming their own production companies, citing Wayne’s as an example. Not only was Wayne’s non-negotiable fee request on The Longest Day an act of revenge, but also was a way of him getting a quick payday after all the money he spent on The Alamo.

Aside from being three decades too old for his role in the World War II blockbuster, Duke’s contract also included a clause that made his casting even more controversial.Alongside his whopping $250,000 fee, Wayne insisted on getting separate billing on The Longest Day from the other actors. However, to his dismay, this was got around by having the other stars billed first followed by “and John Wayne”, meaning that Duke’s name appeared last on the credits.Even so, it was highly controversial even then as the Hollywood star did not serve in World War II, something he tried to redeem across his career by acting in very patriotic movies.

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Injured John Wayne struggled to breathe with oxygen mask on movie with Katharine Hepburn – My Blog

After winning the Best Actor Oscar for 1969’s True Grit, John Wayne returned for a sequel with 1975’s Rooster Cogburn – which celebrates its 48th anniversary this week – alongside Katharine Hepburn.However, Duke had serious health issues going back to when he had a cancerous lung removed a decade prior.Earlier in 1974, Wayne headed to London to shoot cop movie Brannigan, but had a severe bout of pneumonia and was diagnosed with heart problems before production began.During filming, Duke met Hepburn who, despite being just two weeks older than him, had never met the Western star let alone starred in a movie with him. She had been filming 1975’s Love Among the Ruins with Sir Laurence Olivier and despite their political differences greatly admired Wayne.The two stars agreed to make True Grit sequel Rooster Cogburn together later that year, although like Brannigan it would not be an easy production.Alongside pneumonia, Wayne had coughed so hard at one point that he damaged a valve in his heart, an issue that wouldn’t be diagnosed until 1978, a year before he died of cancer.Rooster Cogburn’s filming took place in Oregon and Duke had to rely on his oxygen mask for high altitudes, something he tried to keep hidden from the public. In fact, on another movie, he screamed at a photographer and demanded the film that captured the truth of his ailments; desperate to maintain his macho image.If this wasn’t bad enough, the 67-year-old injured himself on the Rooster Cogburn set while teaching his eight-year-old daughter to play golf. But lucky for him, his character’s eye patch covered the mark.rooster cogburn posterRooster Cogburn poster (Image: GETTY)Dealing with all these physical problems took a toll on Wayne’s patience and he would become seriously frustrated with Rooster Cogburn director Stuart Miller’s insistence on doing multiple takes. In one outburst, Duke ranted: “God damn it Stuart, there’s only so many times we can say these awful lines before they stop making any sense at all.”His co-star Hepburn, who largely respected the actor most of the time, would become bemused by his argumentative nature on set and told him at the wrap party: “I’m glad I didn’t know you when you had two lungs, you must have been a real b*****d. Losing a hip has mellowed me, but you!”

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