𝗝𝗼𝗵𝗻𝗪𝗮𝘆𝗻𝗲: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝗠𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗛𝗲 𝗥𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗱
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John Wayne lived his life exactly the way he saw fit, right down till the very end. It’s why his tombstone features an odd, but honest message.
In 1979, Wayne’s days were unfortunately numbered. He had last appeared in a film three years prior in The Shootist, and after overcoming lung cancer in the mid-1960s, his bout with stomach cancer was proving to be his ultimate killer.
When making final preparations, John Wayne requested a specific phrase in Spanish to be engraved on his tombstone. The tombstone, to this day, reads, “Feo, Fuerte y Formal.”
The phrase means “ugly, strong, and dignified.” We couldn’t think of anything that better fits John Wayne if we tried.
However, that isn’t the only thing that’s transcribed on the acting legend’s tombstone. In 1999, the grave was marked with a quote:
“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”