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| THE QUIET MAN
"Most published sources refer to John Wayne's birth name as
Marion Michael Morrison. Wayne's birth certificate, however, gives his
original name as Marion Robert Morrison. According to Wayne's own statements,
after the birth of his younger brother in 1911, Wayne's parents named the
newborn Robert Emmett and changed Wayne's name from Marion Robert to Marion
Michael. It has also been suggested by several of Wayne's biographers that
Wayne's parents actually changed his birth name from Marion Robert to Marion
Mitchell. In Duke: The Life and Times of John Wayne, (1985) Donald Shepherd
and Robert Slatzer state that when Wayne's younger brother was born, "the
Duke's middle name was changed from Robert to Mitchell. . . . After he
gained celebrity, Duke deliberately confused biographers and others by
claiming Michael as his middle name, a claim that had no basis in fact."
"-- encyc britannica online.
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