Pilar Pallete

Pilar Pallete (born September 3, 1928) is a Peruvian actress and the widow of the American actor John Wayne.

Pilar Pallete
Wayne and Pallete in 1971
Born (1928-09-03) September 3, 1928
Paita, Peru
Years active1960–present
Richard Weldy
(m. 1948; div. 1953)

John Wayne
(m. 1954; died 1979)

Stephen Stewart
(m. 1984; div. 1997)

Jesse L. Upchurch
(m. 1998; div. 2010)
Children3, including Ethan Wayne


Pallete was born as the daughter of a Peruvian senator in the Paita Port (northern Peru). She married and divorced professional big-game hunter Richard Weldy.[1] She met John Wayne, 21 years her senior, in Tingo María, Peru, in 1953, while still married to Weldy. Wayne was in Peru scouting locations for The Alamo.[2]

In 1953, Pallete came to Los Angeles to dub a film in English, when she ran into John Wayne for the second time. A year later on November 1, 1954,[3] they married in Kona, Hawaii, the same day Wayne's divorce became final. Pallete retired from her motion picture career to be a wife and mother to their three children: Aissa, Ethan, and Marisa.[2]

During the next 10 years of their marriage, they traveled extensively, usually on location for John Wayne's many films. In 1965, they moved to Newport Beach, California.[2] She rented a studio inside the Fernleaf Courtyard, in Corona Del Mar, California, where she would entertain her clients outdoors with coffee and finger sandwiches and found herself, one year later, with a full-time restaurant.

Personal life

She married Wayne in 1954, and they remained married until his death in 1979. In 1973 she moved out of their house, however they were never legally separated, nor divorced. She has always made sure to let everyone know that they remained married until his death.[4]

In 1984, 5 years after Wayne's death, she married Stephen Stewart, a municipal court judge. The marriage was brief, with Pallete later describing the relationship as a "two-week mistake."[5] In 1998, Pallete married Jesse Upchurch, a travel company executive.


  • The Alamo - unknown (uncredited) (1960)
  • Hollywood Greats - episode - "John Wayne" - herself (1984)
  • John Wayne Standing Tall - TV movie/documentary - herself (1989)
  • Biography - episode - "John Wayne: The Unquiet Man" - herself (1998)
  • Biography - episode - "John Wayne: American Legend" - herself (1998)
  • The Duke at Fox - documentary short - herself (2011)
  • The Personal Property of John Wayne - herself (2011)


  1. Communications, Emmis (September 1984). Orange Coast Magazine. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
  2. Castillo, Gabriela Machuca (June 6, 2019). "La historia de cómo la estrella John Wayne se enamoró de la piurana Pilar Palette". El Comercio (in Spanish). Somos. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  3. "Interview - John Wayne on Women, Marriage, and Family". Emanuellevy.com. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
  4. McLellan, Dennis (5 November 1987). "Good Times, Bad Times : John Wayne's Wife Pilar Says She Wrote Book to Protect an Image, Tell Children Real Story". Los Anegels Times.
  5. McLellan, Dennis (5 November 1987). "Good Times, Bad Times : John Wayne's Wife Pilar Says She Wrote Book to Protect an Image, Tell Children Real Story". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
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