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Published on Apr 30, 2013
John Wayne's secretary and girlfriend, Pat Stacy, participates in the only available video interview unearthed so far of her years spent with Duke. The video quality drops considerably in quality as it progresses; however, the audio is perfect.
Hired after Duke's longtime secretary, Mary St. John, retired in 1972, Stacy & the legendary actor became a couple while on location for McQ in June 1973. She remained by his side until his death from stomach cancer six years later.
Stacy is asked some tough questions by Connie Martinson, a local San Diego television personality, on July 21, 1983, shortly after the publication of her book, "Duke: A Love Story."
Candid to a fault, Stacy discusses her actual paycheck, the Wild Goose (Duke's beloved boat), Duke's family, the man behind the image, Pilar Wayne, their relationship, his valiant battle against cancer and inexplicable attempt to end his life, and much more.
Sadly, Stacy would pass away 12 years later in 1995 of lung cancer. She is rarely mentioned in recent projects authorized by the Wayne estate, but she was definitely a major part of his life. Her memoir is available on Amazon or eBay in used copies only.
The video is for educational purposes only. No copyright infringement is intended, and it is courtesy of the Drucker Institute via Claremont Colleges Library.