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Cowgirl Recalls Work, Friendship with 'The Duke'

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Cowgirl Recalls Work, Friendship with 'The Duke'

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Cowgirl Recalls Work, Friendship with 'The Duke'

Cowgirl Recalls Work, Friendship with 'The Duke'

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P.J. Murphey lives in the small town of Springerville, Arizona, far away from Hollywood. But the 71-year-old woman once made movies with John Wayne — as a stunt rider, an unconventional career for a young woman at the time. The cowgirl made a handful of movies with the Duke, but their friendship lasted a lifetime. John Wayne would have celebrated his 100th birthday Saturday.

Gillian Ferris Kohl of member station KNAU in Arizona reports.