Lawmakers have shut down plans to declare 26 May John Wayne Day because of the actor's racist comments.
The Oscar-winner made his name playing cowboys and heroic soldiers in classic Hollywood movies including The Alamo, True Grit and The Green Berets. But in a State Assembly vote legislators lined up to denounce the Hollywood star, and objected to commemorating his birthday due to his "disturbing views towards race".
Republican State Assemblyman Matthew Harper had put forward the proposal to mark the day the actor was born, following a Texas resolution commemorating Wayne's birthday being passed last year (15). The bill, ACR137, failed 35-20 on Thursday (28Apr16) after some intense debate.
Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo of Watsonville denounced Wayne's views on race.
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John Wayne's Daughter Marisa Was Among The Mourners Paying Their Final Respects To Actress Maureen O'hara At Her Funeral In Virginia On Monday (09nov15)
The actress starred in a number of films with Wayne, most notably John Ford's The Quiet Man.
She was buried next to her husband, Air Force Brigadier General Charles Blair, Jr., at Arlington National Cemetery following a mass at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church near Washington, D.C.
Catherine O'Connell sang The Isle of Innisfree from The Quiet Man at O'Hara's graveside and the Shannon Rovers Pipe Band played songs throughout the services.
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Veteran Actor Gregg Palmer Has Passed Away, Aged 88.
Palmer passed away on Saturday (31Oct15) at the Providence Tarzana Medical Center in Los Angeles.
He was a staple in both small and big screen Westerns, and appeared in six films alongside Hollywood icon John Wayne, including Big Jake, The Shootist and The Comancheros.
Palmer also featured in more than 90 TV series throughout his career, most notably in a string of beloved Westerns like Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Lone Ranger, Wagon Train, The Big Valley and The Virginian.
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Legendary singer Frank Sinatra's address book has been sold at auction for $8,960.
Frank Sinatra's little black book has sold at auction for $8,960.
The leather address book of the legendary singer - who died in 1998, aged 82 - read like a who's who of the showbiz world, featuring the names and numbers of friends such as John Wayne and Sidney Poitier, as well as influential political figures, the New York Post reports.
The book, which dates back to the 1970s, was filled with annotated contacts of industry insiders like Jerry Weintraub, who was Elvis Presley's promoter.
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Actor Ralph Taeger Has Died At The Age Of 78.
The 1960s TV star passed away at the Marshall Medical Center in Placerville, California on 11 March (15) following a long illness.
Taeger rose to fame alongside James Coburn in gold rush drama series Klondike in 1960, and went on to work together again the following year (61) in the shortlived adventure series Acapulco.
He also starred in a TV adaptation of John Wayne western Hondo in 1967, but the show was axed after 18 episodes.
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A pair of chaps worn by John Wayne in classic Western Red River is set to fetch more than $26,000 (£16,250) at auction.
The brown leather leg protectors were sported by the veteran actor in his role as a cowboy on a troublesome cattle-drive in the 1948 movie.
After the shoot ended, he gave the chaps to fellow actor Joel MCCrea, who wore them in his own Western later that year, Four Faces West.
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The Irish screen legend will be recognised for her lengthly career today (November 8th).
It’s been a long time coming, but legendary actress Maureen O’Hara will finally receive her first Oscar today, at the academy’s Governors Awards ceremony. The 94 year old actress is being honoured for her lengthly film career which began in 1938.
Screen legend Maureen O'Hara
Born in Dublin, O’Hara went on to star in more than 60 films, acting up until 2000 when her final movie, The Last Dance was completed.
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The former Jag star will portray the Hollywood Western icon in Trumbo, alongside Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, who will take on the titular role.
The film will tell the story of the Oscar-winning screenwriter, who penned 1960 epic Spartacus and Paul Newman's classic Exodus.
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The western actor's heirs are suing the university in an ongoing dispute over using the nickname on alcoholic beverages.
The family of actor John Wayne is suing Duke University over the use of the actor's nickname, "The Duke," in a trademark for alcoholic drinks. John Wayne Enterprises, which is run by the Wayne family, filed for a trademark application last year to use the word on alcoholic drink labels, except for beer, according to USA Today.
Wayne's heirs are taking the university to court over the family's right to market bottles of bourbon branded with the late movie star's nickname, Duke, which was given to the actor when he was growing up.
Although both parties hold trademarks for the name, the university has argued that allowing the Wayne estate to use the name could cause confusion and "diminish, dilute and tarnish" the name's value.
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David Manaway, Zaziwe Dliamini-Manaway and Zwati Dlamini - The Mandela Family honored at The John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary's 29th Annual Odyssey Ball at Beverly Wilshire Hotel - Arrivals - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Saturday 5th April 2014
The singer has made the 30-minute movie, Tropico, to promote a new Ep of the same name and an extended version of her album Born To Die.
Del Rey plays Eve in a kooky adaptation of the Biblical story of sin and redemption, which is set to songs including Gods And Monsters and Body Electric, and features a Jesus character preaching while actors dressed as Monroe, Presley and Wayne dance.
Date of birth
26th May, 1907
Date of death
11th June, 1979