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Esperanza Baur Díaz
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Esperanza with John Wayne
Born Esperanza Díaz Ceballos
c. 1924
Mexico City, Mexico
Died March 11, 1961 (aged c. 37)
Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) John Wayne

Esperanza Baur Díaz (born Esperanza Díaz Ceballos; c. 1924 – March 11, 1961) was a Mexican actress, and was the second wife of John Wayne.


Born Esperanza Díaz Ceballos, nicknamed "Chata", she appeared in a small number of Spanish language films, both in leading and supporting roles.

Esperanza met John Wayne in 1941 in Mexico City while he was vacationing there.[1] At the time, he was still married to his first wife, Josephine Alicia Saenz but that marriage ended December 25, 1945. Esperanza and John were married on January 17, 1946, in Long Beach, California.[1][2]

Their marriage was rocky and volatile from the start because she was reportedly jealous of his devotion to his work and to his four children; they had no children of their own. "Our marriage was like shaking two volatile chemicals in a jar," Wayne said. Esperanza accused Wayne of having an affair with Gail Russell, his leading lady in Angel and the Badman, which he denied. There were charges and counter-charges of unfaithfulness, drunken violence, emotional cruelty, and "clobbering." Wayne described his wife as a "drunken partygoer who would fall down and then accuse him of pushing her."[1] Esperanza was accused of having an affair with hotel heir Nicky Hilton during divorce proceedings.[3] They separated in May 1952,[4] and the marriage lasted eight years, coming to an end on November 1, 1954.[5]

Esperanza died of a heart attack in 1961.[5]



  1. ^ a b c Levy, Emanuell. - "John Wayne on Women, Marriage, and Family"
  2. ^ Milestones. - TIME. - January 28, 1946.
  3. ^ John Wayne as the Last Hero. - TIME
  4. ^ Tracey, Grant. - The Trouble in Trouble Along the Way. - Images Journal
  5. ^ a b Biography for Esperanza Baur at the Internet Movie Database

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Daily Mail

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Mon, 02 Feb 2015 12:28:30 -0800

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Deseret News

Deseret News
Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:15:23 -0700

In 1946, the famous actor married his second wife, Esperanza Baur, according to his marriage license in the California, County Marriages, 1850-1952 collection. Beyond the 1 billion, FamilySearch has also partnered with other websites to offer access to ...


Fri, 10 Jul 2015 21:59:25 -0700

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La Voz de Michoacán

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Fri, 16 Jan 2015 22:09:45 -0800

El actor estadunidense John Wayne, considerado uno de los grandes mitos e iconos del cine por su presencia ineludible, se casa con Esperanza Baur, quien se convierte en su segunda esposa pero se separaran en 1954. 1948. – Nace el guitarrista inglés ...


Sat, 03 May 2014 14:56:15 -0700

Esperanza, una mexicana. Su segunda mujer, Esperanza Baur, era una mexicana culta de gran personalidad. Con ella fue feliz, aunque él no dejó de frecuentar a sus amigos, irse de acampada o navegar con su yate. Predicaba las bondades de la familia, ...
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