"Dooley: I have to say Maureen O'hara is so beautiful in those screen grabs."
Agreed and very intelligent also, strong willed, a perfect combination for her red hair and to play opposite duke in those pictures. She also went to Congress and got Duke a medal when he was dying.
"I am happy, thrilled and delighted, and very proud to be here. In my lifetime I have been very privileged to have known and to have met, perhaps with my connections with the motion picture industry, many great and famous men all over the world, starting with my beloved father and then my husband, Charlie Blair, and John Wayne. I think they are perhaps the three greatest men I have ever been privileged to know. I have known John Wayne for 39 years, and in those 39 years I have called him my dearest friend, my best friend. I cannot tell you the kind of man he is.
You have listened this morning to many eloquent speeches about Duke. But it is the man that you really don't know about. I can speak to you here as an immigrant to the United States, because I am. I can speak for the people of the world outside of the United States. And, since I am now an American citizen, I can speak for the people of the United States. I hope they will grant me permission to do that. I think they will.
To the people of the world, John Wayne is not just an actor and a very fine actor, John Wayne is the United States of America. He is what they believe it to be. He is what they hope it will be. And he is what they hope it will always be.
It is every person's dream that the United States will be like John Wayne and always like him."
Found at http://www.users.qwest.net/~aknot/congress.htm
You can't have a better friend then Maureen was to Duke.