The Duke Gets His Own Postage Stamp

April 4th, 2004

He was a cowboy, a Green Beret, a jet pilot and a detective during his long acting career. Now, John Wayne will grace a postage stamp.

The United States Postal Service unveiled its annual "Legends of Hollywood" commemorative postage stamp Saturday night at a private fund-raiser.

The fund-raiser was for the John Wayne Cancer Institute and was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

This is not the first time Wayne's likeness has appeared on a stamp. In 1990, he was pictured on one of four 25-cent U.S. commemorative postage stamps honoring classic films released in 1939. The stamp featured Wayne as the Ringo Kid in "Stagecoach."

Previous honorees in the "Legends of Hollywood" series including Marilyn Monroe (1995), James Dean (1996), Humphrey Bogart (1997), Alfred Hitchcock (1998), James Cagney (1999), Edward G. Robinson (2000), Lucille Ball (2001), Cary Grant (2002) and Audrey Hepburn (2003).

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