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updated 04/21/2004 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 12/29/1997 12:00AM

Marguerite Churchill, 89, who was John Wayne's very first leading lady, died Sunday in Broken Arrow, Okla. She was not yet 20 when she was cast opposite Wayne in 1930's "The Big Trail." Wayne had been doing largely bit parts until then. She also made movies with Will Rogers.

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