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Josephine Wayne

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Nationality  American, Spanish
Parents  Jose Saenz
Role  John Wayne's ex-wife
Name  Josephine Wayne
Religion  Roman Catholic

Josephine Wayne gorgeous smile while wearing black dress

Full Name  Josephine Alicia Saenz
Born  May 13, 1908 (1908-05-13) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Children  Patrick Wayne, Michael Wayne, Mary Antonia Wayne LaCava, Melinda Wayne Munoz
Spouse  Cyril Nigg (m. 1996–2003), John Wayne (m. 1933–1945)
Grandchildren  Brendan Wayne, Kevin LaCava, Maria Wayne
Similar People  John Wayne, Patrick Wayne, Esperanza Baur, Michael Wayne, Mary Antonia Wayne L
Died  June 24, 2003 (aged 95), California, United States

Josephine S. Wayne (born Josephine Alicia Saenz; May 13, 1908 – June 24, 2003) was the first wife of American film actor John Wayne. She had four children including film producer Michael Wayne and actor Patrick Wayne.


Josephine Wayne and John Wayne with a woman besides them

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John Wayne with his first wife, Josephine Wayne & their first child Michael

Josephine Alicia "Josie" Saenz was born May 13, 1908 to the Consul General of Panama in the United States, José Saenz, a wealthy businessman who lived in Los Angeles, California. Her parents were born in Madrid, Spain. Aged 15 or 16 when she met John Wayne, an actor in college still named Marion Morrison, while at a beach party in Balboa, California. Their relationship met with considerable resistance from her Catholic family because he was a Presbyterian.


John Wayne and Josephine Wayne while carrying their baby

After courting for seven years, Wayne's financial status improved considerably due to his success at the box office, and he was able to convince her family to allow the marriage. The couple married on June 24, 1933, in a garden ceremony at actress Loretta Young's home.

The couple had four children: Michael Wayne (film producer, November 23, 1934 – April 2, 2003), Mary Antonia "Toni" Morrison-LaCava (February 25, 1936 – December 6, 2000), Patrick Wayne (born July 15, 1939) and Melinda Morrison-Muñoz (born December 3, 1940).

Josephine Wayne in her white dress while holding her purse

After a few years, the marriage was in trouble. Wayne worked long hours at his career and was always surrounded by associates from the film world. The couple also had differences of opinion about how their children should be raised. In 1943 they separated and eventually divorced in 1945. She remarried in 1996 to Cyril Nigg, a Los Angeles businessman, who died in 1999.


Josephine Saenz died in 2003, at age 95, from cancer, having been predeceased by two of her children, Mary Antonia "Toni" Morrison (died 2000 from lung cancer) and Michael Morrison (who died of heart failure in April 2003, two months before Saenz Nigg's own death).


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