Natalie Gravenor | Tuesday, der 26. May 2015
While Elvis has Graceland and a new Johnny Cash museum has replaced the „House of Cash“ which burned to the ground, that other American icon, John Wayne, has not had a permanent exhibition devoted to his life and legacy. Until this Memorial Day Weekend, when the John Wayne Birthplace Museum in Winterset, Iowa, opened its doors to the public. The building, about 30 meters from Wayne’s actual birthplace (his family moved with him to Southern California when he was nine), has attracted over a million visitors since 1982, yet it has taken 33 years to amass the huge collection of Duke memorabilia now on display.
The 6,100-square-foot museum holds such artifacts as Wayne’s rifle from „The Alamo“ (1960) and the saddle he used in „The Cowboys“ (1972). Other highlights include original props from the film set and a bloody shirt worn by the actor in his last ever movie scene in „The Shootist“ (1976). A theater screens highlights of the Duke’s film career.
realeyz features a selection of Wayne’s early Westerns, including his breakthrough film, John Ford’s STAGECOACH, that show him already displaying the core traits of his star persona: courage, resolve, decency while also highlighting his transformation from a youthful pretty boy to the steely cowboy. Read more about Wayne and the evolution of his icon status on the realeyz blog.