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John Wayne’s film career spanned a magnificent 50 years and 2006 marks the 80th anniversary of his screen debut. From that uncredited debut as a Yale football player in Brown of Harvard* to his final appearance in The Shootist, Wayne thrilled audiences the world over.

Born Marion Robert Morrison and nicknamed The Duke, John Wayne starred in over 170** films and is ultimately remembered for his classic Westerns. These included The Searchers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Quiet Man (famously shot on location in Eire), Rio Grande, Fort Apache, The Alamo, The Shootist and True Grit, for which he won his only Oscar in 1969.

Upon his death in 1979, President Reagan commented ‘he gave the whole world the image of what an American should be.’ He, however, wanted to be remembered as ‘Feo, Fuerte y Formal’, ugly, strong and dignified.

To commemorate this momentous anniversary, De Agostini – the world’s leading partwork publisher – is launching The Classic John Wayne Collection.

The fortnightly DVD series brings together John Wayne’s greatest films together with a film companion featuring:

• In-depth profiles of Wayne’s co-stars. directors and producers

• The making of the films: from developing plots and raising budgets to casting and on-set stories and gossip

• Exclusive behind the scenes pictures, trivia, classic quotations and movie facts

Issue one, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, is on sale now at a special launch price of £2.99. Issue two, The Quiet Man, is available from 13 September at £7.99.

The Classic John Wayne Collection is available from all leading retailers*** or via direct subscription from


Notes to editors:

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*** De Agostini partworks are sold in over 34,000 retail outlets across the UK and Republic of Ireland and via direct subscriptions from the company’s website

• De Agostini is the largest partwork publisher in the UK with almost a quarter of a million active subscribers.

• De Agostini is pronounced ‘Day Agg-oss-teeny’

For further information please contact REDPEAR:

Kevin Redfern / Emma Diggory
T. +44 (0)20 7033 9990 T. +44 (0)208 673 2065
E. E.

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