John Wayne

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1971 Racist Comments Again Have Airport's Name in Play

John Wayne advocated white supremacy in interview

(Newser) - "I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility," actor John Wayne said in a 1971 interview. Those views—and quite a few others—are catching up to him. The Democratic Party of Orange County wants Wayne's name removed from the... More »

John Wayne's Son Defends Dad Over Shocking Interview

Wayne managed to denigrate millions of people in one conversation

(Newser) - John Wayne's son is crying foul over a call to have his father's name removed from a California airport, CNN reports. Ethan Wayne appeared on Smerconish Saturday after an old Playboy interview re-emerged with the iconic actor—who put down blacks, gays, and Native Americans in the same... More »

'John Wayne Day' Rejected Over Actor's Racist Statements

California legislators couldn't get behind the idea

(Newser) - What a California lawmaker intended as a benign resolution honoring a late, world-renowned movie icon exploded into an emotional debate over decades-old racist comments, the AP reports. In a 35-20 vote the state Assembly defeated the official ode to John Wayne Thursday after several legislators described statements he made about... More »

John Wayne Heirs, Duke Fight to Lasso His Nickname

University doesn't want Wayne estate using 'Duke' on its bourbon bottles

(Newser) - John Wayne’s family and Duke University are riding a litigious path into the sunset. The American icon's heirs have sued the academic institution for the right to market bottles of bourbon using the word "Duke," the late legend’s famous nickname, reports the AP . The bottles... More »

John Wayne Treasures Ride Off to Auction

Costumes, awards, personal papers for sale in LA

(Newser) - Saddle up, Pilgrim. A whole passel of personal John Wayne memorabilia is about to hit the auction block in Los Angeles. The Duke's eye patch from his last movie, True Grit, as well as the Golden Globe he won for Best Actor in the film will be part of... More »

Bachmann Mixes Up John Wayne, John Wayne Gacy

Kicks off presidential campaign with historic blunder

(Newser) - John Wayne once said, "Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much." It's advice Michele Bachmann might've been wise to heed today. The Tea Party congresswoman kicked off her presidential campaign today in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, with an emphasis on her roots.... More »

9 Celebs' Real Names

Apparently 'Flavor Flav' suited William Drayton more

(Newser) - What if celebrities actually went by their given names? Ross Luippold imagines that alternate universe on the Huffington Post :
  • Flavor Flav: William Drayton just doesn’t have the same ring to it.
  • Jon Stewart: He would be hosting The Daily Show With Jon Leibowitz.
  • Larry King: Lawrence Zeiger Live? Not
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Clint Eastwood America's Favorite Movie Star

Men prefer Clint, women like Johnny Depp in Harris poll

(Newser) - Americans love Clint Eastwood—he's the nation's favorite movie star for the fourth time in the annual Harris poll. Eastwood topped the men's list, as well being the favorite of Republicans and Independents. Democrats preferred Denzel Washington, while women liked Johnny Depp. The overall winners, not broken down by gender... More »

On the Waterfront Writer Schulberg Dead at 95

(Newser) - Legendary Hollywood screenwriter Budd Schulberg has died, the New York Times reports. He was 95. Schulberg, who won an Oscar for On the Waterfront in 1955, was the son of a movie mogul and grew up as a Hollywood insider. His 1941 novel What Makes Sammy Run?, a scathing look... More »

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