John Wayne's Third Wife Pilar Pallete with Whom He Shared 3 Children — Get to Know Her

John Wayne was legally married to his third wife, Pilar Pallete, for 25 years until his passing. The couple shared three children — John Ethan, Marisa, and Aissa.

Wayne and Pallete separated in 1973. When he passed away in 1979, the legendary actor left an estate worth $6.85 million, as reported by The New York Times.

However, none of it went to Pallete, according to Wayne's will. In spite of the fact that Pallete was excluded from his will, she was granted for in the separation agreement, according to Wayne's lawyer, John S. Warren.

John Wayne in a studio portrait, circa 1970. | Photo: Getty Images

John Wayne in a studio portrait, circa 1970. | Photo: Getty Images

WAYNE'S INFIDELITY

Pallete was a young actress from Peru, as reported by Daily Mail. She was the daughter of a Peruvian senator. She had a hard time adjusting her life in Hollywood.

During their marriage, her husband continued with his relationship with actress Maureen O'Hara. Wayne and O'Hara initially met in 1941. A friend once shared:

"They would meet in Arizona, at the ranch he owned with a friend. It went on for years, before and during his marriage to Pilar."

Photo of John Wayne and Pilar Palette in 1956. | Photo: Getty Images

Photo of John Wayne and Pilar Palette in 1956. | Photo: Getty Images

THEY EVENTUALLY CALLED IT QUITS

In 1973, Pallete moved out of their home. They, however, were never legally separated or divorced. Wayne was first married to Josephine Alicia Saenz. His second wife was Esperanza Baur.

On June 11, 1979, the award-winning actor died because of cancer. He was 72. Wayne was normally private and gracious. He performed the action-man who could be timid with ladies on screen.

Although Wayne may have embodied tough manliness in his roles, he also had a feminine side.

John Wayne and Pilar Palette pose with their three children, John Ethan, Marisa, and Aissa in 1969. | Photo: Getty Images

John Wayne and Pilar Palette pose with their three children, John Ethan, Marisa, and Aissa in 1969. | Photo: Getty Images

THE REAL WAYNE

However, there was a different story behind the cameras, according to biographer Scott Eyman's book "John Wayne: The Life And Legend."

During a night of heavy drinking, a dear companion asked Wayne about his most noteworthy sexual adventure.

To which the actor reportedly replied: "Rome. The Excelsior Hotel. Dietrich. I took her on the staircase." Wayne starred in three movies with actress Marlene Dietrich. They were in relationship for three years.

John Wayne and Pilar Palette on July 22 1961 at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

John Wayne and Pilar Palette on July 22 1961 at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

The notorious cowboy of Hollywood was frequently accused for simply playing himself. In any case, that was not entirely true.

The real Wayne was a pleasant and humble man whose hot temper was normally held for directors who crossed him.

Wayne was not perfect, but none of these shortcomings bothered him. He once said that the real stain on his character was his failure to fight in World War II.

John Wayne and Pilar Palette at a movie premiere in Los Angeles, California in 1971. | Photo: Getty Images

John Wayne and Pilar Palette at a movie premiere in Los Angeles, California in 1971. | Photo: Getty Images

Although Wayne may have embodied tough manliness in his roles, he also had a feminine side. He could figure a lady's dress size on sight.

The actor's preferred reading matter were catalogs about the works of Winston Churchill and Arthur Conan Doyle.

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