Authors: Aissa Wayne,Steve Delsohn
Copyright Â© 1998 by Aissa Wayne and Steve Delsohn
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
John Wayne, my father / Aissa Wayne with Steve Delsohn.
p.Â Â Â cm.
Originally published: London: Robert Hale Limited, c1991.
1. Wayne, John, 1907â1979. 2. Motion picture actors and
actressesâUnited StatesâBiography. I. Delsohn, Steve.
PN2287.W454W38Â Â Â 1998
[B]Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 97â47322
Printed in the United States of America
O MY MOTHER
THE MOST GRACIOUS HUMAN BEING
HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED
O MY FATHER
My thanks to my three beautiful childrenâJennifer, Nicky and Anastasiaâfor their special love and also for once in a while tucking
in at night! Thanks to Mary St. John and Debbie Schweic-kert for reliving part of the past with me. Thanks to Lou Nelson, Frank Weimann, and David Rosenthal for their enthusiasm and support. And a special thanks to Steve Delsohn for being so extraordinarily sensitive and understanding.
My thanks to Mary St. John, Pilar Wayne, and Debbie Doner for sharing their lives and insights; to Lou Nelson and Cheryl Booth for their energetic and expert contributions; to Frank Weimann for his unstinting belief in the book and in me; to Joni Evans for her support and generous spirit.
A special thanks goes to David Rosenthal, my kind and extraordinary editor.
Thanks to my wife, Mary Kay, the best friend I've ever had and forever the love of my life.
Wayne rose every morning before 5.30, wired by energy and caffeine
As a child, Aissa felt a constant need to be near her father (1963)
âJohn Wayne's daughter, Aissa, and $850,000 in Cartier Diamonds'
On the set of
With Wayne and Stuart Whitman on the set of
With one of the wild animals she discovered in Africa (1964)
Wayne and Mitchum, with mothers, on the set of
Wayne after two operations to remove a cancerous lung (1964)
Even while on location, Wayne kept in close contact with his family
John Wayne's unmarked grave in Newport Beach, California (1979)