2. Esperanza Baur

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    • 2. Esperanza Baur

      vm3o6cw4hecbbc4.jpgESPERANZA BAUR

      Date of Birth
      c. 1926, Mexico

      Date of Death
      March 11, 1961
      Mexico City, Mexico (heart attack)

      Birth Name
      Esperanza Diaz Ceballos

      Also known as
      Esperanza Baur Diaz


      John Wayne ( 1946 - November 1, 1954) (divorced)


      Born Esperanza Diaz Ceballos, nicknamed “Chata”,
      was a Mexican actress who was the second wife
      of American film actor John Wayne.
      She appeared in a small number of Spanish language films,
      both in leading and supporting roles.

      Esperanza met Duke in 1941 in Mexico City while he was vacationing there,
      with Ward Bond, Ray Milland, and Frank MacMurray.
      Milland introduced Chata, to Duke, who claimed to be an actress.
      In fact she was a high-class call girl, who's had a bit part
      in a Mexican film..Milland was one of her clients.
      Pilar Wayne, later maintained!

      Voluptuous and vivacious, she exuded sex appeal, in sharp contest
      to Joesephine.
      Milland warned Duke, that she had grown up in the slums of Mexico,
      and had dubious morals.
      Duke turned a deaf ear, and they became inseparable.
      On his return home, Duke pressurised Herbert Yates,
      to give Chata, a screen test in order to get her to the States.

      At the time, he was still married to his first wife,
      Josephine Alicia Saenz but that marriage ended December 25, 1945.
      Esperanza and Duke were married on January 17, 1946, in California

      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,
      Duke said.

      Esperanza accused Duke 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".
      Duke described his wife as a
      drunken partygoer who would fall down and then accuse him of pushing her

      Matters were made worse when Chata's mother moved in,
      Duke than had two drunken, bickering women, to contend with!
      Chata, was still convinced of Duke's affair,
      and with him constantly on location, she felt neglected.
      Duke finally snapped and shipped his Mother-In-Law,
      back to Mexico.

      She accompanied him to the set of the film The Quiet Man.,
      but did not respond well to John Ford.
      She got on well with Maureen O'Hara, and although
      Michael and Toni had gone with her to Ireland,
      she was resentful of the four children, and the time
      and devotion, Duke gave to them.

      Whilst filming Big Jim McLain Chata accompanied Duke to Hawaii,
      where Esperanza was accused of having an affair with hotel heir Nicky Hilton
      The marriage was doomed from then on.
      They separated in May 1952 and the marriage lasted seven years,
      coming to an end in 1953.
      After the divorce, Chata moved back to Mexico, living in a small hotel,
      following the death of her mother..
      She became a recluse, drank heavily, and seldom ate.
      She died of a heart attack, late in 1954,
      her room strewn with empty liquor bottles.

      Esperanza was just 38 years old at the time

      Written by ethanedwards

      1. Guadalajara (1943) .... Hortensia
      2. Conde de Montecristo, El (1942)
      ... aka The Count of Monte Cristo (USA)
      3. Luz en mi camino, Una (1939)
      4. Valentina, La (1938) .... Valentina
      5. Jalisco nunca pierde (1937)
      ... aka Jalisco Never Loses

      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Duke's Wives- Esperanza Baur

      From all my reading, this marriage was a big mistake in Duke's life. She would get drunk at parties adn he would have a heck of a time getting her to leave. She also had her Mom move in with them and her mother was a drunk also. Poor Duke. I read in Pilar's book where she had asked Duke why Chata and he never had children? Duke told her that Chata was too evil to concieve. Harsh words indeed.

      "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "
    • Re: Duke's Wives- Esperanza Baur

      This gal was so jealous of everything Duke did that did not involve her, not the least of which were the imagined romances he had with other women. It amazes me how durable Duke was in keeping his sanity during his life with Chata.
      Cheers - Jay:beer:
      "Not hardly!!!"
    • Re: Duke's Wives- Esperanza Baur

      According to his biography John Wayne: American, she had scratched his face on occassions when they fought while he was shooting a picture that he had to have heavy makeup to cover the scratches.

      She was not only jealous of Duke, but that he was making pictures and she wasn't.

      Cheer :cool:

      "When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it"
      - John Wayne quote
    • Re: Duke's Wives- Esperanza Baur

      It reminds me of the line in McLintock, where JW is about to leave the hotel room where Maureen O'Hara has secluded herself, and her turns to her and says (along the lines of) "Of all the women in the world, why is it that you're the one that stirs my blood?" Then he "hauls off" and kisses her passionately.

      That was Duke. He was (again, not a direct quote) a hugger, a kisser, a baby picker-upper, a lover of life and all it had to give. In THAT regard at least, life sometimes imitated art - based on some of his roles of the time.
    • Re: Duke's Wives-2. Esperanza Baur

      Lt. Brannigan wrote:

      She was a feisty battle axe and I still don't don't know what Duke saw in her.

      I,am guessing. But I think it had to do with a three letter word. The first letter begins with a S.
      ''baby sister i was born game and intend to go out that way.''

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