Sacheen Littlefeather, known for 1973 Oscar Academy Awards, dies

Her death comes months after the Academy issued an official apology to Littlefeather nearly 50 years after she took the stage.

WASHINGTON – Sacheen Littlefeather, known for taking the stage at the 1973 Academy Awards in place of Marlon Brando, has died aged 75.

The Academy confirmed Littlefeather’s death on Twitter On Sunday night.

Her death comes months after the Academy issued an official apology to Littlefeather nearly 50 years after she took the stage.

When Brando won best actor for “The Godfather,” Littlefeather, wearing a deerskin dress and moccasins, stepped onto the stage, becoming the first Native American woman to do so at the Ceremony. award the Oscars. In her 60-second speech, she explained that Brando could not accept the award because of “the film industry’s treatment of American Indians today.”

Some in the audience booed her. John Wayne, who was backstage at the time, is said to be furious. The 1973 Academy Awards ceremony was held during the two-month run of the Injured Knee American Indian Movement in South Dakota. In the years since, Littlefeather said she has been mocked, discriminated against and personally attacked for her brief appearance at the Oscars.

To make the announcement of the great time, the Academy Museum shared a letter to Littlefeather June 18 by David Rubin, the academy’s president, about the iconic Oscars moment. Rubin called Littlefeather’s speech “a powerful statement that continues to remind us of the need for respect and the importance of human dignity.”

Rubin wrote: “The abuse you have suffered because of this claim is unfounded and unsubstantiated. “The emotional burden you’ve gone through and the price you’ve paid for your own career in our industry is irreparable. It’s been too long since the bravery you showed has gone unrecognized. For this, we extend our deepest apologies and sincere admiration. “

Littlefeather, in a statement, said it was “a profound joy to see how much I’ve changed since I didn’t receive an Academy Award 50 years ago”.

“As for the Academy’s apology to me, we Indians are very patient people – only 50 years old!” Littlefeather said. “We need to keep a sense of humor about this at all times. That is our method of survival. “

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Edmund DeMarche

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