John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara had an on-screen chemistry and off-screen friendship rarely seen in Hollywood. While the pair were never married, they did star in five films together and brought us some of the big screen’s greatest love stories.
Wayne and O’Hara became the best of friends during the 39 years they knew each other. In fact, O’Hara spent three days with Duke prior to his death from cancer in 1979. According to the Irish Times, both knew that Wayne’s time was running out and O’Hara tried to put on a brave face and cheer up the actor who was so distraught by his condition that he contemplated suicide.