Josephine Wayne
wife of John Wayne
Josephine Wayne
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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  • 2003
    Age 94
    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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  • 1996
    Age 87
    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.
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  • 1943
    Age 34
    In 1943 they separated and eventually divorced in 1945.
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  • 1933
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had four children: Michael Wayne (film producer, November 23, 1934 - April 2, 2003), Mary Antonia "Toni" Morrison LaCava (February 25, 1936 - December 6, 2000), Patrick Wayne (born July 15, 1939) and Melinda Morrison Munoz (born December 3, 1940). After a few years, the marriage was in trouble. Wayne worked long hours at his career and was always surrounded by associates from the film world. The couple also had differences of opinion about how their children should be raised.
  • 1908
    Born on May 13, 1908 as per the Social Security Death Index, and died under the name Josephine Wayne.
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