Saddle-up, Pilgrim, for 'Ten Decades of 'The Duke': The Official John Wayne Centennial Celebration'

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Newport Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau is pleased to welcome the Official John Wayne Centennial Celebration, a highlighted feature of the 8th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival.

The Official John Wayne Centennial Celebration, a highlighted feature of the 8th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival, (April 19-29, 2007) will pay homage to the larger-than-life figure who would turn 100 this year.

In honor of its famed native son, city of Newport Beach, along with Wayne Enterprises and the Newport Beach Film Festival, will commemorate the Duke’s 100th year with screenings of the movies that made him a star, including “The Sands of Iwo Jima” (1949), “Rio Bravo” (1959), and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962).

Newport Beach Film Festival

The internationally recognized Newport Beach Film Festival hosted the world debut of Oscar-winning “Crash” in 2005 and has more than 350 films from around the world scheduled in this year’s line up. Glamorous premiers, star-studded galas and yacht parties surround a variety of feature films, shorts, documentaries and animations, complemented by screening of some of John Wayne’s most famous films

Newport Beach Film Festival Hotel Packages

The AAA Five Diamond Island Hotel is offering travel packages to festival-goers that include: accommodations and four general screening tickets per night for $295 per room, per night.*

The elegant Balboa Bay Club and Resort. The Resort will offer a Newport Beach Film Festival Bed and Breakfast Package that includes breakfast for two and valet parking.**

The Radisson Hotel in Newport Beach will offer a Friday-Saturday rate of $109.00 and Monday-Thursday rate of $139.00.

The Fairmont Newport Beach will offer a Junior Suite with private balcony, welcome amenities and access to Fairmont Gold Lounge for $299 plus taxes.

About Newport Beach

Sparkling with 25 square miles of water, seven pristine beaches and endless attractions, Newport Beach claims responsibility for Wayne’s stellar film career. As a youth, Marion Morrison was injured bodysurfing at the infamous “Wedge” off Balboa Pier, forced to quit his USC football career, and later chose to pursue a career in acting. Soon John Wayne became a globally recognized icon. Wayne called Newport Beach his home for years and indeed his yacht Wild Goose, a former minesweeper, is still moored in the city to this day.

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Jessica Roswell

Newport Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau



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