- An original copy of John Wayne's 1933 marriage certificate to his first wife Josephine Saenz
John Wayne (1907-1979) was an American film actor, director and producer, known to many simply as 'Duke'.
He appeared in more than 170 films over the course of a 50 year career, including 83 westerns, cementing his reputation as one of the most iconic leading men of all time.
His most famous films included The Searchers, Rio Bravo, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Shootist, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and True Grit – for which he won the 1970 Academy Award for Best Actor.
John Wayne personified the ultimate American hero, a rugged cowboy who survives amongst outlaws in the wilderness, and his timeless masculinity means he remains highly popular almost 40 years after his death.
An original copy of John Wayne's official marriage certificate to his first wife Josephine Saenz, dated June 24, 1933.
The document is signed by Wayne in black fountain pen ink "Marion Mitchell Morrison".
Further signatures include those of actress Loretta Young, who served as witness and maid of honor, and who hosted the wedding at her home.
Document is in fine condition, with two verticle fold creases and slight yellowing of the paper due to age.
A significant piece of personal memorabilia from one of the most iconic figures in Hollywood history.
Provenance: Heritage Auctions
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