Josephine Wayne

Josephine Wayne

Wife of John Wayne
Born May 13, 1908

Josephine S. Wayne was the first wife of American film actor John Wayne. She had four children including film producer Michael Wayne and actor Patrick Wayne.

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1908 Birth Born on May 13, 1908 as per the Social Security Death Index, and died under the name Josephine Wayne.


1933 25 Years Old After courting for seven years, Wayne's financial status improved considerably due to his success at the box office, and he was able to convince her family to allow the marriage. The couple married on June 24, 1933, in a garden ceremony at actress Loretta Young's home. … Read More


1943 35 Years Old In 1943 they separated and eventually divorced in 1945.


1996 88 Years Old She also found great happiness in 1996 when she married Cyril Nigg, a well known Los Angeles businessman, who shared her love of service to the community.
2003 95 Years Old Josephine Saenz died in 2003, at age 95, from cancer, having been predeceased by two of her children, Michael and Toni.
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