Esperanza Baur

Esperanza Baur Díaz (born Esperanza Díaz Ceballos; c. 1924/1926 – March 11, 1961) was a Mexican actress, and was the second wife of John Wayne.

Esperanza Baur Díaz
Esperanza with John Wayne
Esperanza Díaz Ceballos

c. 1924/1926
DiedMarch 11, 1961(1961-03-11) (aged 36–37)
Mexico City, Mexico
Years active1937–1943
John Wayne
(m. 1946; div. 1954)


Born Esperanza Díaz Ceballos, nicknamed "Chata", she appeared in a small number of Spanish language films, both in leading and supporting roles.

Esperanza met John Wayne in 1941 in Mexico City while he was vacationing there.[1] At the time, he was still married to his first wife, Josephine Alicia Saenz but that marriage ended December 25, 1945. Esperanza and John were married on January 17, 1946, in Long Beach, California.[1][2]

Their marriage was rocky and volatile from the start because she was reportedly jealous of his devotion to his work and to his four children; they had no children of their own. "Our marriage was like shaking two volatile chemicals in a jar," Wayne said. Esperanza accused Wayne of having an affair with Gail Russell, his leading lady in Angel and the Badman, which he denied. There were charges and counter-charges of unfaithfulness, drunken violence, emotional cruelty, and "clobbering." Wayne described his wife as a "drunken partygoer who would fall down and then accuse him of pushing her."[1] Esperanza was accused of having an affair with hotel heir Nicky Hilton during divorce proceedings.[3] They separated in May 1952,[4] and the marriage lasted eight years, coming to an end on November 1, 1954.[5]

Esperanza died of a heart attack in 1961.[5]



  1. Levy, Emanuell. - "John Wayne on Women, Marriage, and Family" Archived 2018-08-13 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Milestones. - TIME. - January 28, 1946.
  3. "John Wayne as the Last Hero". Time. August 8, 1969.
  4. Tracey, Grant. - The Trouble in Trouble Along the Way. - Images Journal
  5. Biography for Esperanza Baur on IMDb
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