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37 years after John Wayne’s death, his family shares a secret that changes everything

By Karly Carpena
December 1, 2016

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John Wayne was one of Hollywood’s most iconic actors. His legend lives on through his Academy Award-winning performances – like he did in True Grit.

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Marion Robert Morrison who was later known as “Duke” and “John Wayne” was born in Winterset, Iowa on May 26, 1907.

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When a group of local fireman saw his with his huge Airedale Terrier, “Duke”, they started calling him “Little Duke”, which he much preferred to his girly birthname Marion…