A Marlon Brando Academy Award Rejection Letter, 1973.
four-page document typed by Alice Marchak [Brando's longtime
personal assistant], being the actor's 'file copy' of a speech he
co-wrote with Sacheen Littlefeather which was intended to be read
by her (as his proxy) at the 1973 Academy Awards ceremony when she
memorably went up to the podium at the event to announce that
"...(Brando) has asked me to tell you in a very long speech which I
cannot share with you presently because of time...that he very
regretfully cannot accept this very generous award" [which was the
'Best Actor in a Leading Role' Oscar for "The Godfather"]; excerpts
of this now infamous speech read in part "What kind of moral
schizophrenia is it that allows us to shout at the top of our
national voice for all the world to hear that we live up to our
commitments...(when) lives of the American Indians contradicts that
and "...what the hell has all this got to do with the
Academy Awards. Why is this woman standing up here ruining our
evening; invading our lives with things that don't concern us...I
think the answer...is that the motion picture community has been as
responsible as any for degrading the Indian and making a mockery of
also included is a one-page typed note
stapled to the speech, dated "March 28, 1973"
(the day after
the Academy Awards), meant for the press, it reads in part
"Inasmuch as Miss Littlefeather, who represented me at the
Academy Awards, was not allowed...to read my statement, I felt that
perhaps I might enlist your help in having it
overall, a compelling
document related to this somewhat bizarre incident (among countless
bizarre incidents) in Brando's life.
11" x 8 1/2"
Included with a "Letter of Authenticity" signed by Alice
Marchak, Marlon Brando's longtime personal assistant.
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