30 July 2015

John Wayne's personal favs

In 1977, 'The People's Almanac' sent out letters to all living Academy Award winning actors concerning a poll it was holding. For this poll the actors were asked to name their all-time favourite actors and films. One of the actors to receive such a letter was John Wayne, who had won the Academy Award for his leading role in "True Grit" (1969). Shown below are part of The People's Almanac's letter as well as John Wayne's lists of personal favourites. Amongst his favourite films were two John Ford pictures in which Wayne himself had played the lead roles ("The Searchers" and "The Quiet Man"), and "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse", i.e. the 1921 silent version by Rex Ingram, not the 1962 remake by Vincente Minnelli [via].

Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

Transcript:

July 8, 1977,

Mr. John Wayne
c/o Screen Actors Guild
7750 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90046

Dear Mr. Wayne:

We are undertaking an exclusive poll of all living Academy Award winning actors -- individuals who know the most about film acting-- on their opinion on who were and are the 5 best motion picture actors of all time. We are also asking the Academy Award winning actors to vote on the 5 pictures they feel are the best motion pictures of all time. The results of this limited poll will be featured in The People's Almanac II and you will be noted among the contributors to a poll that will be referred to and quoted for years to come.

Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

Transcript:

MY CHOICE OF THE 5 BEST MOTION PICTURE ACTORS OF ALL TIME:

1. Spencer Tracy
2. Elizabeth Taylor
3. Kathrine [sic] Hepburn
4. Laurence Olivier
5. Lionel Barrymore

Signed: John Wayne

Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

Transcript:

MY CHOICE OF THE 5 BEST MOTION PICTURES OF ALL TIME:

1. A Man For All Seasons
2. Gone with the Wind
3. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
4. The Searchers
5. The Quiet Man

Signed: John Wayne

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