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JOHN WAYNE AS CULTURAL ICON

JOHN WAYNE, AMERICAN

"John Wayne's cult is unlike most others.

"Most celebrity cults are for rebellious, youth-doomed figures (Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, James Dean).

"But Wayne is a symbol of sober, industrious responsibility--which is normally dull, irrelevant or dim...yet he makes it vivid, personal and dramatic. He makes conservative values sexy and exciting."

-Garry Wills, biographer
"John Wayne: The Politics of Celebrity"

(This quote was partially edited by me for wordiness. -Nick P)

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