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Marion Michael Morrison, known by most as John Wayne was born May 26, 1907 in Winterset, Iowa. John Wayne starred in over 200 movies in a career that spanned almost five decades. The Duke’s resume includes classics such as The Searchers, Stagecoach and True Grit for which he won the Best Actor Oscar. The Iowa-born Wayne was even named America’s favorite movie star in 1995, 16 years after his death.
John Wayne remains an American icon and Winterset, Iowa is now home to the John Wayne Birthplace Museum. The 2018 John Wayne Birthday Celebration will take place in Winterset on May 25th and 26th. The Birthplace of John Wayne is open 10 AM to 5 PM seven days a week.
To find more images and articles on the Duke, please visit the Ditital Archives of The Winterset Public Library!