LOS ANGELES — Sacheen LIttlefeather, the Native American activist who turned down an Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando, has died just months after the academy apologized for her treatment during the incident.
Brando won the 1973 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in The Godfather. But he skipped the ceremony and instead asked Littlefeather to appear on stage to decline the award on his behalf, in protest at Hollywood’s treatment of Native Americans. It remains one of the most infamous incidents in Oscar television show history.
She received backlash from other Academy members, with some boos during the ceremony, and she said John Wayne had to be stopped from even attacking her on stage.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced her death at the age of 75 on Sunday, but gave no other details.
Nearly 50 years later, this summer, the academy formally apologized to Littlefeather for her mistreatment during the speech and in the years that followed.
“The abuse you suffered as a result of that statement was unjustified and unjustified,” former Academy President David Rubin wrote in a letter to Littlefeather. “The emotional toll you have endured and the cost of your own career in our industry is beyond repair. For too long the courage you have shown has not been recognised. For this we offer both our deepest apologies and our sincere admiration.”
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