For whatever reason, having never seen too much about it in previous years, I found myself flooded with notices of John Wayne’s birthday yesterday.
Not that I ever mind being reminded mind you (try saying that three times fast with a John Wayne drawl!), but by far the most entertaining thing I read related to the great man’s birthday was this, from the set of Hellfighters (not one of his greatest to put it mildly).
When asked to comment on the film during production, actress Katharine Ross replied, “It’s the biggest piece of crap I’ve ever done!” Then the reporter asked Vera Miles to respond to Ross’s comment. She thought for a moment and said, “Well, it’s not the biggest piece of crap I’VE ever done!”
Vera will be 89 in August. I might just decide to celebrate her birthday.
(And, for the record, she and Wayne have one great scene in Hellfighters…and it’s as great as any scene in any movie. She was like that….As John Wayne knew better than anyone.)