Video shows John Wayne’s granddaughter paying emotional tribute to late actor
Jennifer Wayne, John Wayne's granddaughter, wrote a beautiful song as a tribute to the iconic actor. The lyrics of the song glorifies the most beloved actor of the country.
The timeless legend of actor John Wayne was celebrated with a tribute by his granddaughter Jennifer Wayne who wrote a song titled God Bless John Wayne.
The song was written by Jennifer in honor of Wayne's 100th birthday in 2007. She discussed in the song what Wayne meant to her as well as his immense fanbase.
The song started off with glorifying lyrics like 'He comes in with two guns blazing / the only man with true grit / he saves the day / he gets the girl / and rides off into the sunset.'
The song then got deeper and highlighted the meaningful lessons taught by the American icon through his work.
For instance, waking up early, not wasting time through the day, differentiating between right and wrong and loving your family.
Jennifer showcased her talent as a singer and a songwriter through her performance at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Her uncle, Patrick Wayne introduced her before her performance at the gala.
Wayne's popularity was one of its kind as seen in the history of American show business. He won an Academy Award for his role in True Grit in 1969 for the Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Wayne's award came 20 years later since he entered the entertainment industry. It was his only second nomination throughout his career until that point in time.
He received his first Academy Award nomination in 1949 for Sands of Iowa Jima. He lost the award to Broderick Crawford for his performance in All The King's Men.
Crawford's role in All The King's Men was initially offered to Wayne but he refused to play it believing that the script was un-American.
Wayne was part of the highest grossing films in box office for almost three decades. He was also responsible for giving the country one of its most patriotic songs, America, Why I Love Her.
The popular actor was born in Winterset, Iowa, on May 26, 1907. He grew up in Southern California. Wayne lost his life to stomach cancer on June 11, 1972, at the age of 72, leaving a timeless legacy in the industry.