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Marisa Wayne, daughter of John Wayne (inset) and Dan Ford, grandson of John Ford, at the John Ford Ireland Symposium at the Savoy cinema in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron

Marisa Wayne, daughter of John Wayne (inset) and Dan Ford, grandson of John Ford, at the John Ford Ireland Symposium at the Savoy cinema in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron

Marisa Wayne, daughter of John Wayne (inset) and Dan Ford, grandson of John Ford, at the John Ford Ireland Symposium at the Savoy cinema in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron

THE daughter of Hollywood legend John Wayne still "chokes up" every time she watches her father in 1952 film 'The Quiet Man'.

Marisa Wayne said she found listening to her father's distinctive drawl particularly evocative.

"It is very emotional watching my father in 'The Quiet Man,'" she said.

"It was one of his favourite films to work on and it's my favourite because I know how much he enjoyed it.

"I've seen the movie hundreds of times but every time I hear and watch it – it chokes me up. I love his voice. I feel very fortunate to have his voice still around."

John Wayne promised to bring his youngest daughter to Ireland but passed away when she was just 13-years-old.

"He used to say 'I'm going to take you there'. It's unfortunate but in a way he has brought me over quite a few times," she said.

Ms Wayne said she was still getting used to her father's global fame and was surprised his movies had remained so popular 35 years after his death.

Ms Wayne is in Dublin this weekend for the third annual John Ford Film Symposium. Ford and Wayne had a close relationship.

The symposium celebrates Wayne's relationship with the legendary director and opened last night with a gala screening of 'Stagecoach' – arguably the film that launched both Ford and Wayne's careers.

Other events over the weekend include a very special 'Ford at War' day, commemorating Ford's involvement in the Second World War, at Collins Barracks on Sunday.

John Wayne's grandson Dan Ford will be on hand to discuss his grandfather's role in the Field Photographic Unit in the US Navy and filming of the D-Day landings.

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