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Marguerite Churchill

Marguerite Churchill, who starred in early Broadway shows and later played opposite John Wayne in his first starring role, died Jan. 9 of natural causes in Broken Arrow, Okla. She was 89.

Born in New York City, she made her Broadway debut at age 13 and was not yet 20 when she was cast opposite John Wayne in the 1930 Raoul Walsh film “The Big Trail.” Wayne had been doing bit parts until then.

She later appeared with Will Rogers in two films, “Ambassador Bill” and Frank Borzage’s “They Had to See Paris.”

Additional feature credits included “Without Children,” “Penthouse Party,” “The Walking Dead,” “Murder by an Aristocrat” and “Dracula’s Daughter.”

In 1932, she took a break from films to appear in the original Broadway production of “Dinner at Eight” and returned again in 1937 after retiring from the screen.

Her final screen appearance was in 1950.

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