John Wayne: 100-plus

Wayne_johnAlthough she didn’t appear in John Wayne’s 1969 “True Grit,” Angie Dickinson is pleased to attend his belated 100th birthday celebration, Sept.8, in Ouray, Colorado. That’s where he filmed the Henry Hathaway classic, which won him his Oscar. Angie starred in “Rio Bravo” with Wayne 10 years earlier. And she was one of Wayne’s co-stars who participated in the Academy’s tribute to him, which I hosted, May 24.

Angie was invited to participate–and she is happy to tribute him again–by Ouray’s Fred McKnight. He was chief police specialist on the “Police Woman” TV series, which starred…Angie Dickinson. Also attending the weekend Wayne tribute will be Kim Darby, who played the 14 year-old whose father’s death Wayne avenges in “True Grit.” Also attending is cast member Johnny Crawford. Recalling “Rio Bravo,” Angie says the temperature one day on their Old Tucson location hit 127-degrees in the shade. And you know it, there was no shade.      

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