When it comes to movie stars and USC alumni, it doesn’t get much bigger than John Wayne. More hero than man, the American legend captured the interest of moviegoers in more than 140 films, forever earning himself a place in cinematic history.
On June 20, the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) cemented Wayne’s legacy at the university through the dedication of the Wayne Collection. Curated by Wayne’s late son, Michael, and donated by his daughter-in-law Gretchen Wayne, the collection is comprised of movie posters, memorabilia, awards and personal correspondence. It is a permanent exhibition within the SCA complex.
“It’s been a great experience for me to go through all of these items and realize the love and care that Michael had, not only as a son, but as a businessman and as his father’s confidant,” Gretchen Wayne said. “This has been an endeavor of love.”
Dean Elizabeth M. Daley said: “We are honored and humbled to have John Wayne’s legacy and the Wayne family name at the School of Cinematic Arts. None of this would have been possible without the work and dedication of Gretchen Wayne, whose kindness and generosity will live at the school for generations to come.”
Guests at the dedication ceremony included Gretchen Wayne’s children Josie, Christopher, Teresa, Alicia and Maria, sons-in-law Jim McFarlane and Lance King, grandchildren Patrick and Kathryn McFarland, as well as Iron Mountain’s Jeff Anthony, Guy Abrahams and Amy Helbring, who help maintain the John Wayne archives.
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