2019 John Wayne Birthday Celebration:
Saluting 50 Years of True Grit
While the John Wayne Birthplace has celebrated film anniversaries in the past, we, of course, have not acknowledged them all. But the 50th anniversary of the monumental True Grit is one we dare not neglect. Over the weekend of May 24 & 25, in the rural Iowa community where John Wayne’s story began, we’ll salute the occasion with multiple screenings of the Oscar-winning classic at Winterset’s Iowa Theater along with a parade, a rollicking benefit dinner and auction and, as always, special guest stars. Already confirmed is musical headliner Ashley Campbell, the acclaimed singer, songwriter and instrumentalist who, by the way, is also the daughter of True Grit co-star Glen Campbell.
(Shhh, also invited — though not confirmed — is actress Kim Darby who memorably portrayed the young heroine Mattie Ross in the film.)
Due to the remarkable popularity of True Grit, early reservations are recommended.