young-dukeAt the University of Southern California in 1926, Marion Morrison, a.k.a. John Wayne, studied law and truly hoped to become an All-American football player.

Little did he know that a summer job at Fox Studios and a bit part in a Tom Mix Western would lead to 50-plus years in films and silver screen stardom. This biography covers the Duke’s life from his birth in 1907 to the completion of The Alamo in 1960. Family members and fellow actors reveal the personal side of the man, and old movie posters and photographs enhance the text. The authors both come from the film industry and know how to convey the inside story.



—Cynthia Green

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