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JOHN
WAYNE,

MY FATHER

JOHN
WAYNE,

MY FATHER

Aissa Wayne

with

Steve Delsohn

Copyright © 1998 by Aissa Wayne and Steve Delsohn

All rights reserved.

No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any means—including photocopying and electronic reproduction—without written permission from the publisher.

Published by Taylor Trade Publishing
An imprint of The Roman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.
4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200
Lanham, Maryland 20706

Distributed by National Book Network

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Wayne, Aissa.

John Wayne, my father / Aissa Wayne with Steve Delsohn.

p.   cm.

Originally published: London: Robert Hale Limited, c1991.

Includes index.

ISBN 0-87833-959-0

ISBN
: 978-0-87833-959-4

1. Wayne, John, 1907–1979. 2. Motion picture actors and
actresses—United States—Biography. I. Delsohn, Steve.

II. Title.

PN2287.W454W38   1998

791.43'028'092—dc21

[B]                  97–47322

CIP

Printed in the United States of America

T
O MY MOTHER
, P
ILAR
W
AYNE,
THE MOST GRACIOUS HUMAN BEING
I
HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED
.

—A
ISSA
W
AYNE

T
O MY FATHER
, N
ORMAN
D
ELSOHN

—S
TEVE
D
ELSOHN

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

My thanks to my three beautiful children—Jennifer, Nicky and Anastasia—for their special love and also for once in a while tucking
me
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.

—Aissa Wayne

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.

—Steve Delsohn

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Between
pages 54
and
55

1

Aissa in her father's embrace (1961)

2

The show-biz baby (1956)

3

Aissa at six months (1956)

4

Aissa at one year (1957)

5

Aissa at age two (1958)

6

On her second birthday with her father (1958)

7

Aissa and her mother, Pilar, at home in Encino (1958)

8

With Pilar and a new bike, Christmas 1958

9

Wayne rose every morning before 5.30, wired by energy and caffeine

10

Wayne with Aissa in Encino (1961)

11

Wayne, Aissa and Pilar in 1959

12
–
14

Aissa's seventh birthday (1963)

15

A chess match (1963)

16

As a child, Aissa felt a constant need to be near her father (1963)

17

‘John Wayne's daughter, Aissa, and $850,000 in Cartier Diamonds'

18

John Wayne's maternal grandfather

19

His maternal grandmother

20

Wayne attended USC on a football scholarship (1925)

21

He went on to become box office gold (1949)

22

The Sands of Iwo Jima
(1949)

23

Rio Grande
(1950)

24

The Green Berets
(1967)

25

Wayne with first wife, Josephine Saenz

26

Their four children (1951)

27

Wayne with wife number two, Esperanza Bauer (1951)

28

He married Pilar Palette in 1954

29

Wayne and Pilar (1955)

30

Aissa and brother Ethan (1963)

31

Ethan, Pilar and Aissa (1963)

32

Wayne and daughter Marissa (1968)

Between
pages 134
and
135

33

Aissa on the set of
The Alamo
(1959)

34

On the set of
The Alamo
with screen mother Joan O'Brien (1959)

35

With real mother, Pilar (1959)

36

Dancing on her father's feet (1959)

37

With Wayne and Stuart Whitman on the set of
Comancheros
(1961)

38

On the set of
Hatari
, in her father's chair (1964)

39

With one of the wild animals she discovered in Africa (1964)

40

Riding a baby elephant (1965)

41
–
2

The Alamo
, Wayne's first attempt at directing (1959)

43

Wayne and Mitchum, with mothers, on the set of
El Dorado
(1965)

44

Wayne after two operations to remove a cancerous lung (1964)

45

Back in action in
The Sons of Katie Elder
(1965)

46

Wayne in Oscar-winning form in
True Grit
(1970)

47

With Barbra Streisand at the 1970 Academy Awards

48

Wiping away a tear (1970)

49

Pilar and Aissa at home in Encino (1962)

50
–
51

Even while on location, Wayne kept in close contact with his family

52

Waterskiing in Acapulco (1970)

53

The Wayne's home in Newport Beach

54

Wayne, Marissa and Pat Stacy on board the
Wild Goose
(1977)

55

Wayne's seven children in 1982

56

John Wayne's unmarked grave in Newport Beach, California (1979)

JOHN
WAYNE,

MY FATHER

PROLOGUE

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