Destination, Hollywood

Destination, Hollywood

Delve into the art and magic of moviemaking at the sprawling new Academy Museum—and take a fresh look at one of John Wayne’s most notable films, The Searchers. Written by Constance Dunn The Wizard of Oz (1939) made history for its ground-breaking technical prowess,...
The Western Imagination

The Western Imagination

“The Western,” courtesy of the Library of America A writer, an award and John Wayne—sounds like a pretty good story. Written by Jenn Thornton In 1967, the Western Writers of America (WWA) awarded John Wayne with the Saddleman Award for his “Outstanding Contributions...
Two for the Show

Two for the Show

John Wayne (Rooster Cogburn) with Kim Darby on the set of True Grit (1969) in Ridgway, CO. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s new exhibit comparing two eras of True Grit is−like the film itself−a classic. Written by Jenn Thornton It’s been 50 years...
A Big Production

A Big Production

John Wayne on the set of True Grit in Ridgway, Colorado To Honor the 50-Year Anniversary of True Grit, Old West Fest brings another classic to town. Written by Constance Dunn In 1968, a movie crew working on a new John Wayne film transformed the town of Ridgway—a...
A Glittering Talent

A Glittering Talent

Tailor Nudie Cohn, famous designer and style icon widely known for inventing the Nudie Suit, embellishing with everything from fringe and rhinestones to feathers and pearl snap buttons. Nudie Cohn’s vibrant rodeo fashions and warm friendship made stars like John Wayne...