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    Sacheen Littlefeather, Who Declined Marlon Brando’s Oscar On His Behalf, Passes Away At 75


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    oi-Madhuri V

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    Actress
    and
    Native
    American
    activist
    Sacheen
    Littlefeather
    passed
    away
    at
    the
    age
    of
    75
    on
    Sunday
    (October
    2,
    2022)
    in
    the
    Northern
    California
    city
    of
    Novato.
    She
    was
    suffering
    from
    stage
    4
    breast
    cancer.

    Sacheen Littlefeather, Who Declined Marlon Brando’s Oscar On His Behalf, Passes Away At 75

    In
    March
    2018,
    Littlefeather
    had
    disclosed
    about
    her
    breast
    cancer
    diagnosis,
    which
    had
    metastasized
    in
    recent
    years.
    For
    the
    unversed,
    she
    was
    famously
    known
    for
    delivering
    Marlon
    Brando’s
    Oscar
    rejection
    speech
    for
    his
    acclaimed
    film
    Godfather.

    According
    to
    an
    article
    in
    Hollywood
    Reporter,
    in
    the
    1973
    Oscars,
    Littlefeather
    had
    taken
    to
    the
    stage
    on
    the
    late
    actor’s
    behalf
    where
    she
    was
    given
    60
    seconds
    to
    read
    her
    speech
    on
    Native
    American
    rights.

    On
    reaching
    the
    stage,
    she
    had
    told
    the
    audience,
    “He
    (Brando)
    very
    regretfully
    cannot
    accept
    this
    very
    generous
    award.
    And
    the
    reasons
    for
    this
    being
    are
    the
    treatment
    of
    American
    Indians
    today
    by
    the
    film
    industry…
    and
    on
    television
    in
    movie
    reruns,
    and
    also
    with
    recent
    happenings
    at
    Wounded
    Knee.” Following
    this,
    she
    was
    escorted
    off
    the
    stage
    with
    a
    mixed
    reaction
    from
    the
    audience.


    Have
    a
    look
    at
    the
    video

    Back
    then,
    actors
    like
    Raquel
    Welch,
    Clint
    Eastwood
    and
    Oscar
    co-host
    Michael
    Caine
    had
    criticised
    Littlefeather
    for
    disrupting
    the
    prestigious
    ceremony.
    Littlefeather
    was
    later
    allowed
    to
    read
    her
    full
    speech
    at
    a
    press
    conference.

    sacheen

    Two
    weeks
    ago,
    the
    Academy
    of
    Motion
    Pictures
    Arts
    and
    Sciences
    had
    issued
    an
    apology
    to
    Littlefeather
    for
    the
    1973
    Oscars
    incident
    after
    nearly
    50
    years
    and
    had
    even
    hosted
    an
    apology
    in
    her
    honour.

    Born
    Marie
    Louise
    Cruz
    in
    Salinas,
    California
    to
    a
    Native
    American
    father
    (Apache
    and
    Yaqui)
    and
    European
    American
    mother
    in
    1946,
    Littlefeather
    began
    exploring
    her
    native
    identity
    at
    California
    State
    University
    in
    Hayward.
    She
    even
    participated
    in
    the
    Native
    occupation
    to
    attempt
    to
    reclaim
    Alcatraz
    Island
    in
    1969.

    Later,
    Littlefeather
    received
    a
    full
    scholarship
    to
    study
    acting
    at
    San
    Francisco’s
    American
    Conservatory
    Theater.
    She
    also
    worked
    in
    radio
    and
    TV
    ads.

    Story first published: Monday, October 3, 2022, 11:23 [IST]

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