Scott Eyman: "John Wayne: The Life and Legend"

John Wayne is pictured here in a still from "Stagecoach" with Claire Trevor.  - From the collection of Scott Eyman

John Wayne is pictured here in a still from "Stagecoach" with Claire Trevor.

From the collection of Scott Eyman

Scott Eyman: "John Wayne: The Life and Legend"

Thirty-five years after his death, John Wayne is still named as one of America's top ten favorite movie stars -- possibly because he became a symbol of the nation itself. Diane and biographer Scott Eyman discuss the life and legend of the actor who once claimed: "I played the kind of man I'd like to have been."

John Wayne was one of the most popular film actors of the twentieth century. Between 1926 and 1976 he appeared in more than 170 films – including some of the best westerns ever made. Wayne often portrayed lonely and flawed men of dignity and strength searching for justice. But over the course of his five-decade career John Wayne became something much greater than a movie star: he became a symbol of America itself. But while many Americans viewed Wayne as a hero, others vilified him for his controversial political causes. Diane and her guest explore the life and legend of John Wayne.

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Scott Eyman

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See John Wayne in character in these movie trailers.

Stagecoach (1939)

McLintock! (1963)

The Alamo (1960)

Green Berets (1968)

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"John Wayne: The Life and Legend"

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