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O’Hara to attend John Wayne birthday celebration

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 10:18 a.m. CDT

WINTERSET — Irish-American screen legend Maureen O’Hara and her family will be at the annual John Wayne Birthday Celebration May 24 and 25 in Winterset.

O’Hara, who starred with Wayne in “Rio Grande,” “The Quiet Man,” “The Wings of Eagles,” “McLintock!” and “Big Jake,” considered Duke her best friend and, in this public farewell to her legions of fans, she’ll discuss their life-long friendship.

The two-day event will feature all aspects of Wayne’s film career, including the U.S. Cavalry, cowboys, World War II and Ireland.

In tribute to O’Hara, this year’s dinner gala will reprise many of the highlights of last year’s Quiet Man celebration; music from the classic film performed by Irish songstress Catherine O’Connell, Chicago’s Shannon Rovers Pipes and Drums and Irish dancers and the Fabulous McKay Sisters.

The website www.johnwaynebirthplace.org will be updated regularly as more details are available. 

For further information contact, Brian Downes, director of John Wayne Birthplace, at 515-462-5817.

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