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John Wayne and Marlon Brando loved the same extraordinary woman and one proposed

The actress herself was dismissive of her looks but aware of the power she had over men: “I knew that my body was provocative, but also that I was not beautiful, although… my physique was different and very sensual.”
Jurado went into her affair with Brando with eyes wide open, intending it to be a swift and fun encounter but it became something far greater.
She said: Marlon called me one night for a date, and I accepted. I knew all about Movita. I knew he had a thing for Rita Moreno. Hell, it was just a date. I didn’t plan to marry him.”

Marlon Brando and Katy Jurado in One-Eyed Jacks

Marlon Brando and Katy Jurado in One-Eyed Jacks (Image: GETTY)

Rod Steiger Katy Jurado and Marlon Brando at the Academy Awards on March 30 1955
Rod Steiger Katy Jurado and Marlon Brando at the Academy Awards on March 30 1955 (Image: GETTY)

In the end, they were together, on and off, for nine years, also overlapping with Jurado’s 1953 fling with Charlton Heston on the set of the Western film Arrowhead.
Their relationship peaked when Brando cast her in his directorial debut One-Eyed Jacks in 1960. His notoriously tumultuous marriage to Anna Kashfi had ended in 1959, but he was also still seeing Castaneda, and married her in 1960.
Jurado, meanwhile had met actor Ernest Borgnine on the set of Vera Cruz in 1954 and they had married in 1959. Like all the relationships in that extended circle, it was an explosive union, with later accounts of verbal and sometimes physical violence.

 Ernest Borgnine and his wife Katy Jurado
Ernest Borgnine and his wife Katy Jurado (Image: GETTY)

Jurado’s career in the 1950s was split between award-winning roles in Mexico, and Hollywood, where she was cast primarily in Westerns as her looks suited both Mexican and American Indian roles. In 1954, she received an Oscar nomination for playing Spencer Tracy’s Comanche wife in Broken arrow.
She also appeared on Broadway in 1956’s The Best House in Naples.
Her relationship with Brando was over by 1963 and her increasingly unhappy marriage to Borgnine ended in 1963. A distressed and disillusioned Jurado returned to Mexico but was tempted back to Hollywood in 1965. Her 1968 role opposite Elvis was part of a career that continued through the next three decades across stage, TV and movies.
Thirty years later, in 1998 she received her second Ariel Award (The Mexican film awards) for El Evangelio de las Maravillas and also cameoed in Stephen Frears’ Hi-Lo Country.
Jurado died at home in Mexico on July 5, 2002. Her star on the Hollywood walk of Fame confirms the extraordinary trailblazing impact she had on the industry – as well as the many men who loved her along the way.

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John Wayne Was Restrained By Six Security Men At The 1973 Oscars

The 2022 Oscars got really awkward when Will Smith marched onstage and slapped Chris Rock over a joke he made about Will’s wife Jada Pinkett-Smith. This was reminiscent of another incident that happened back in 1973 but luckily no one was slapped back then. John Wayne wanted to storm the stage and it took six security men to restrain him so no one got hurt.

During the ’73 Oscars, Marlon Brando won the award for Best Actor for his role in The Godfather. Marlon opted not to go on stage to accept the award. Instead, he had Sacheen Littlefeather, also known as Marie Louise Cruz, go onstage on his behalf. In doing so, she spoke about the mistreatment of N ative Americans in the film industry.

John Wayne wanted to bring Sacheen Littlefeather off the stage at the 1973 Oscars

Marlon also wanted to draw more attention to the Wounded Knee Occupation, which helped to bring attention to the mistreatment of Native Americans by the government. It was a controversial choice to have Littlefeather accept the award and she was reportedly only given a minute to speak or she would be arrested.

John Wayne did not agree with Marlon’s choice and wanted Littlefeather off the stage. At the time, he said, “If [Brando] had something to say, he should have appeared that night and stated his views instead of taking some little unknown girl and dressing her up in an Indian outfit.”

Marlon responded, “I was distressed that people should have booed and whistled and stomped, even though perhaps it was directed at myself. They should have at least had the courtesy to listen to her.”

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Review John Wayne’s Last Speech, The Touching Oscar Speech .

John Wayne was an iconic actor that sadly passed away after several bouts of cancer. His last role was very close to home as he played a gunfighter dying of cancer in The Shootist. His final public appearance was at the 1979 Oscars and he shared a touching speech.

He said, “Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. That’s just about the only medicine a fellow could ever really need. Believe me when I tell you that I’m mighty pleased that I can amble down here tonight.

Well, Oscar and I have something in common. Oscar first came to the Hollywood scene in 1928. So did I. We’re both a little weather-beaten, but we’re still here and plan to be around for a whole lot longer.”

Then, John announced the five nominees for the outstanding picture of the year. That year they were The Deer Hunter, Coming Home, Midnight Express, An Unmarried Woman, and Heaven Can Wait. He announced The Deer Hunter was the winner and helped hand out awards.

Unfortunately, a few months later he eventually died of stomach cancer. He had been bravely going through trials to help scientists work on a vaccine. He was 72 years old at the time of death and was survived by his wife Pilar Pallete and his seven children. The kids now work together on a foundation to help cure cancer.

Watch John’s speech at the Oscars below and relive the moment that happened back in 1979. Then comment and tell us, what was your favorite John Wayne movie?

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John Wayne’s Son Ethan fulfills his late father’s unfinished dreams .

John Wayne was an iconic force during Hollywood’s Golden Age. The actor and filmmaker’s starring roles in western and war movies made him a household name. However, the Duke was a multi-dimensional man with an array of passions outside of acting. One of his passions was liquor, specifically bourbon, according to his son Ethan Wayne. In honor of his late father John Wayne’s unfinished dreams, Ethan is launching a liquor line.

Ethan Wayne joined Fox Business for a chat on Friday to speak about the specialty liquor. Joining him was founder and CEO of Duke Spirits, Chris Ramonski.Ethan explained to Fox Business how he knew the Duke had a passion for spirits. “Well, my father had many different interests, but he was busy,” Wayne said. “He’d make two films, he was gone 6 months per year… Then he’s gotta come back and deal with family. Three wives, and other business.”

Ethan Wayne Says New Liquor Is Timeless

The actor’s son continues, “So, [between] spirits, and mining, and ranching, and farming, he just didn’t have time to get to everything. When we got into our archive…I saw all the bourbons, tequilas, wines and champagnes that had been stored there for 40 years…We looked at it, we knew what he [John Wayne] liked, and we thought it was appropriate to bring something to market that was timeless over trend.”He explains of the newly launched liquor, “I think that’s what you’ll find in this bottle, you’ll have authentic quality spirits. Whether it’s whiskey, or whether it’s tequila.”

Meanwhile, Chris Radomski opened up about the process of recreating John Wayne’s favorite in an authentic way. He tells Fox that when Ethan shared what he had uncovered in the archive, it presented a unique opportunity. Duke spirits was able to taste the spirits that John Wayne himself kept. “There really was a definitive profile, like anything else made 30,40,50 years ago– it’s just done differently,” Ramonski dishes. He adds, “I was in the wine industry a long time and we were able to sort of re-engineer given what we had, and the evidence, to do something a little bit different. I think it’s really reflective in the bottle. I like to drink it.”

Duke Distillery Tequila To Support John Wayne Cancer Foundation

Ethan Wayne later chimed in with a cheeky comment to sell the liquor. “I think you should buy bourbon now, because at the rate that our government is printing money, this bourbon will become more valuable over time,” he jokes. Chris Romanski chuckled in response, adding at the end of the interview, “It’s our pleasure to [fill] the legacy, and do something a little bit different.”The distillery launched a limited line of tequila that supports the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, an organization whose mission is to “bring courage, strength, and grit to the fight against cancer.”

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