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John Wayne's relationship with Pilar Palette ended when John Wayne died on June 11, 1979. They had been married for 24.6 years.

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John Wayne

Entertainment - Actor

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Age: 72 (5/26/1907 - 6/11/1979)

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Pilar Palette

Entertainment - Actress

Why Famous: Ex-Wife of John Wayne

Age: 81 (b. 9/3/1936)

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Event Start Date Length
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Engaged n/a --
Married 11/1/1954 24.6 years
Deceased 6/11/1979 --
 Total24.6 years*

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Children of this Relationship

Name Born Age Gender Type
Aissa Maria3/31/195662 yrs.FemaleBiological
John Ethan 'Ethan'2/22/196256 yrs.MaleBiological
Marisa Carmela2/22/196652 yrs.FemaleBiological

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Where and/or how did John Wayne and Pilar Palette meet?

Wayne was introduced to Richard J. Weldy, a professional big game trapper and owner of Amazon Adventure Tours, when he visited Lima, Peru in 1952 while scouting possible movie locations. Over dinner, Weldy introduced him to his wife, Pilar. Wayne and Pilar ultimately fell in love and later in 1952, Wayne initiated divorce proceedings from his then wife, Chata and Pilar started proceedings for her divorce from Weldy.

Why did John Wayne and Pilar Palette break up?

Wayne enjoyed his family on his movie locations and wanted them with him whenever possible. His wife, Pilar, did not want to travel to those locations any longer and in 1973 she left him and initiated a separation which remained until his death in 1979. He, meanwhile, became romantically involved with and moved in with Pat Stacy, his former assistant. She enjoyed traveling with him. They remained together until his death in 1979. She was with him at the hospital when he died.

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