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    John Wayne -- the Hollywood legend who seldom lost a fight in more than two hundred films -- died on Monday night (11 June) after a fifteen-year battle with cancer.

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    SV INTERIOR Los Angeles medical practitioner talking at news conference

    1970: LV ZOOM INTO SV INTERIOR John Wayne walks onto platform as photographers take photos (2 shots)

    SCU Wayne, holding Oscar statue, and speaking

    GV PAN EXTERIOR Signs outside theatre including one "The Alamo"

    SV & MV Wayne arriving at theatre and audience in foyer (Black and white) (3 shots)

    SV Princess Margaret arrives, greets Wayne CU Saddle PAN UP TO Wayne and Princess Margaret (Black and white) (2 shots)

    SV Wayne and james Stewart in film "The Shootist", talking in English (3 shots)

    1974: MV Wayne arriving at Harvard University on personnel carrier with students (2 shots)

    1974: MV Wayne down steps of aircraft

    1978: LV & SV Wayne leaving plane at Orange County, California, surrounded by photographers (2 shots)

    SCU Wayne interviewed by photographers (2 shots)

    HOSPITAL SPOKESMAN: "John Wayne died tonight from complications due to cancer. His children were with him. The family inform me that funeral arrangements and internment will be private and further the family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations by sent to the U.C.L.A. Hospital, care of the John Wayne Memorial Cancer Fund".

    WAYNE: "Well, it means I have been honoured by my colleagues which I think is quite important and...you know, I really ... I didn't think I was going to get excited about this thing, but we get all..... ...gooey. Hi, your honour. Huh? I got a mantel at home -- I've got a room with a lot of memories, I'll put it in there."

    JIMMY STEWART: "I've been practising medicine for twenty-nine years and I still don't know how to do it well."

    WAYNE: "Why don't you just say it flat out?"

    STEWART: "Right. You have a cancer -- advanced."

    WAYNE: "You know, about two weeks ago they were sawing me up and ... two guys were cutting around and putting a new valve in my heart. So I'm not exactly jumping with joy right (indistinct) off that plane."

    REPORTER: "What kind of plans do you have now Mr. Wayne?"

    WAYNE: "What kind of plans? I'm going to get in that car and go to my house and lie down for a couple of days and then start to work on a script."

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    Background: John Wayne -- the Hollywood legend who seldom lost a fight in more than two hundred films -- died on Monday night (11 June) after a fifteen-year battle with cancer. Although the film world knew that the slow-speaking hero of war and western films was dying, it was still shaken by the news of his death. Wayne entered hospital in the American film capital, Los Angles, three weeks ago to have an intestinal blockage removed. But doctors found more cancer cells in his intestines and the seventy-two year-old star never returned home. His death was announced by a hospital spokesman late on Monday night.

    SYNOPSIS: Wayne came to the film scene in 1928 and quickly became Hollywood's biggest box office draw. He finally won an Oscar in 1970 for his role as an ageing sheriff in the film "True Grit".

    Wayne also formed his own film company and he produced more than a dozen movies. One of the most famous was "The Alamo" -- which he also directed. Know to his friends as "The Duke", he was recognised in Hollywood as its uncrowned king. He could count royalty among his fans -- including Britain's Princess Margaret. His last film, "The Shootist", has an ironic twist. In it, he portrayed a gunfighter dying of cancer.

    Politically, Wayne was a staunch conservative and he stoutly defended United States policy in Vietnam. Many fans were angered when he starred in "The Green Berets" -- a film which appeared to wholeheartedly support the American role in the Vietnam War. In real life--as ......on the screen -- Wayne was tough-talking but soft-hearted. He was also a super-patriot, always professing his love for America."
    Last year, part of his heart was removed and replaced by a valve from a pig. He returned home, ready as always, to go back to work.

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