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John Wayne, 1907-1979
One of the archetypal heroic figures of twentieth-century film, John Wayne conveyed a decisive, solitary, reverent screen persona that reflected traditional American values. Wayne’s collaboration with director John Ford led to such classics as Stagecoach (1939), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), and The Quiet Man (1952). During World War II, Wayne starred in several morale-boosting movies, including Flying Tigers (1942) and Back to Bataan (1945). He finally won an Oscar for his portrayal of Rooster Cogburn in True Grit (1969). This was Wayne’s second appearance on a Time cover—the first was on March 3, 1952, when he appeared looking dapper in a suit and tie.
Harry Jackson, 1969
Time cover, August 8, 1969
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