Pilar Upchurch (Pallete) MP

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Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Lima, Provincia de Lima, Departamento de Lima, Peru
Occupation: Peruvian Actress
Managed by: Natalie Tan
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About Pilar Upchurch (Pallete)

Pilar Pallete is a former Peruvian actress and third wife of the American film star John Wayne.

Pilar was born into an upper class family, the daughter of a Peruvian senator. She married and divorced professional big-game hunter Richard Weldy.

She met John Wayne, 29 years her senior, in Lima, Peru in 1953, while he was scouting locations for ”The Alamo." In 1953, Pilar 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, they married in Kona, Hawaii, the same very day as Wayne's divorce became final. Pilar 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 and Wayne separated in 1976. She rented a studio inside the Fernleaf Courtyard, in Corona Del Mar, California. She would entertain her clients outdoors with coffee and finger sandwiches and found herself, one year later, with a full-time restaurant. After a long and painful illness, John Wayne died on June 11, 1979.

In 1998, Pilar married Jesse Upchurch, a travel company executive. Pilar 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.

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Pilar Pallete's Timeline

September 3, 1936
Lima, Provincia de Lima, Departamento de Lima, Peru
November 1, 1954
Age 18
Kona District, Hawaii County, Hawaii Territory, United States