Sacheen Littlefeather Dies at 75

Sacheen Littlefeather, Who Delivered Marlon Brando’s Oscar Rejection Speech

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Sacheen Littlefeather, the Native American actress and activist who took the stage at the 1973 Academy Awards to reveal that Marlon Brando would not accept his Oscar for The Godfather.

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Littlefeather disclosed in March 2018 that she had been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer

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Brando had decided to boycott the March 1973 Oscars in protest of the way Native Americans were portrayed on screen, as well as to pay tribute to the ongoing occupation at Wounded Knee, which involved 200 members of the American Indian Movement.

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Littlefeather's remarks were greeted in the building with boos and applause, but public sentiment immediately following his appearance was largely negative.

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Last month in September, the Academy of Motion Picture Museum in Los Angeles held an event with Littlefeather to recognize the impact he had on the history of the film industry.