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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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