Sacheen Littlefeather, who declined Marlon Brando’s Oscar for “The Godfather” on his behalf at the 1973 Academy Awards, died Sunday, the Academy of Motion Pictures said. https://t.co/oPMlq3Ify8 pic.twitter.com/4S74L4XXb2— Variety (@Variety) October 3, 2022
- Sacheen Littlefeather, the activist for Native Americans who declined Marlon Brando’s Oscar for “The Godfather” on his behalf at the 1973 Academy Awards, died Sunday at 75, the Academy of Motion Pictures said. She had been suffering from breast cancer.
- In June, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences apologized to Littlefeather for her treatment at the Oscars that night. Littlefeather attended an in-person presentation of the apology at the Academy Museum on Sept. 17.
- At the Oscars in 1973, she was only given 60 seconds to read her speech on Native American rights, and was then escorted off the stage with some audience members booing. She was also almost assaulted by John Wayne - who was reportedly so incensed at her speech, "he had to be restrained by 6 security staff backstage".
- She closed her speech at the Oscars with the hope that “in the future, our hearts and our understandings will meet with love and generosity.”.