Information From IMDb
Date of Birth
3 September 1928, Peru
Jesse L. Upchurch (November 1998 - present)
John Wayne (1 November 1954 - 11 June 1979) (his death) 3 children
Mother of Ethan Wayne, Aissa Wayne and Marisa Wayne.
Alternate Names: Pilar Palette
Born into an upper class family, the daughter of a Peruvian senator,
Pilar wanted to pursue acting. 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, the very day Wayne's divorce became final,
at sunset in Kona, Hawaii, they exchanged their vows and became husband and wife.
Pilar retired from her motion picture career to dedicate herself completely to being
a wife and mother to their three children: Aissa, Ethan, and Marisa.
During the next ten years of their marriage,
they traveled extensively to practically every corner of the world,
usually on location for John Wayne's many films.
In 1965, they decided they wanted to live near the ocean and close to their yacht,
"The Wild Goose." They moved to Newport Beach, California.
John Wayne kept up his hectic schedule with making movies.
Pilar found it increasingly difficult to travel with him,
and at the same time take care of the home and children.
The children grew up fast, and Pilar decided to do something
she had always had a great love for—interior designing.
She found it necessary to find a location to work from,
and rented a studio inside the Fernleaf Courtyard,
in Corona Del Mar, California.
The place was so charming that she could entertain her clients
outdoors with coffee and finger sanwiches and found herself,
one year later, with a full-time, elegant restaurant.
John Wayne was proud of her undertaking. After a long and painful illness,
John Wayne passed away on June 11, 1979.
In 1998, Pilar married Jesse Upchurch, a travel company executive.
Pilar followed her passion of painting and 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.
Information From Wikipedia
1. The Alamo (1960) (uncredited)
1. "Biography" (acknowledgment) (1 episode, 1998)
- John Wayne: American Legend (1998) TV episode (acknowledgment)
1. "Biography" .... Herself (1 episode, 1998)
- John Wayne: American Legend (1998) TV episode .... Herself
2. John Wayne Standing Tall (1989) (TV) .... Herself
"John Wayne: My Life with the Duke." New York: McGraw-Hill, 1987.