Maybe Stalin wasn't that bad
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Thu Jul 31 17:32:24 MDT 2003
Stalin plotted to kill John Wayne
Book says dictator angered by Dukes anti-communist stance
According to a new biography of Joseph Stalin, the Soviet dictator plotted
to have actor, and fervent anti-Communist, John Wayne, left, killed.
LONDON, July 31 Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin was so outraged at the
anti-communism of film star John Wayne that he plotted to have him
murdered, according to a new biography of the American icon.
JOHN WAYNE THE man behind the myth by British writer and actor Michael
Munn says there were several attempts in the late 1940s and early 1950s to
kill the man known to audiences around the world as Duke.
In the first attempt, two Russian assassins posing as FBI agents tried to
kill Wayne born Marion Morrison on May 26, 1907 in his office at Warner
Brothers studios in Hollywood.
But the plot was uncovered and the would-be killers captured, the book
says, citing several sources including director Orson Welles.
The book says the Soviet plots were cancelled after Stalins death in 1953,
by his successor Nikita Krushchev, who was a fan of the larger-than-life
star of more than 100 films.
That was a decision of Stalin during his last five mad years. When Stalin
died I rescinded that order, the book quotes Krushchev as telling Wayne
during a private meeting in 1958.
But it says American communist groups took up the cudgels against Wayne who
was a supporter of the anti-communist witch-hunt led by Senator Joseph
McCarthy, citing an attempt in Mexico on the set of the film Hondo.
Wayne survived these attempts and another by a sniper during a trip to
visit American troops in Vietnam in 1966. He eventually died of cancer in 1979.
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