All About John Wayne’s Top Leading Ladies

Over the course of his three-decade career, John Wayne starred in over 140 films, many of which were westerns. While he was the star and box office draw, the movies wouldn’t have been as successful if they didn’t also feature some remarkable leading ladies.

Some of these actresses are very well known, while others have had less high-profile careers. Either way, they all made an impact due to their beauty and charisma while they appeared alongside one of America’s greatest western heroes.

Redheaded Beauty Maureen O’Hara Was Close Friends With Wayne

Pretty redhead Maureen O’Hara played many heroines in westerns and adventure films and collaborated frequently with director John Ford and John Wayne, who was a very good friend of hers. She played the Duke’s estranged wife in several films, including Rio Grande, The Wings of Eagles, Big Jake, and McLintock.

John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara stand over a baby in a crib in a scene from the film 'The Wings Of Eagles
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She’s probably best known for her role as Mary Kate Danaher in The Quiet Man. The chemistry between her and Wayne was palpable. O’Hara died at age 95 in 2015 and was one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood.