Pilar Pallete

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Pilar Pallete
Wayne and Pallete in 1971
Born (1928-09-03) September 3, 1928 (age 86)
Paita, Peru
Spouse(s) Richard Weldy (1948–53)
John Wayne (1954–79)
Stephen Stewart (1984–97)
Jesse L. Upchurch (1998—)

Pilar Pallete (Paita, Peru September 3, 1928) is a former Peruvian actress and third wife of the American film star John Wayne.


Pallete was born into an upper-class family, 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 Lima, Peru, in 1953, while still married to Richard 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,[2] they married in Kona, Hawaii, the very 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.

During the next ten years of their marriage, they traveled extensively, usually on location for John Wayne's many films. In 1965, they moved to Newport Beach, California. 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.

Pallete has created among other works of art, a collection of still nature and beautiful ladies, Belly Dancers called "Glamour Girls", as well as group images from the Hollywood world.

In 1973, she and Wayne separated and he died of stomach cancer on June 11, 1979.

In 1984 she married Stephen Stewart, a municipal court judge. They were later divorced.

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. ^ Orange Coast Magazine. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  2. ^ a b "Interview - John Wayne on Women, Marriage, and Family". Emanuellevy.com. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 

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