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Esperanza Wayne was born 1926 in Mexico and died 1961 in Mexico City, Mexico of heart attack. She married John Wayne (1907-1979) 17 January 1946 in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California, United States.


Esperanza Baur Díaz Wayne (born Esperanza Díaz Ceballos) was a Mexican actress, and was the second wife of John Wayne (1907-1979).

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

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]

Marriage and Family

Esperanza met John Wayne in 1941 in Mexico City while he was vacationing there. 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.

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.



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