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A Marlon Brando Academy Award Rejection Letter, 1973....

2013 March 30 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas #7074

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Auction Ended On: Mar 30, 2013
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Dallas, TX 75219

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A Marlon Brando Academy Award Rejection Letter, 1973. A 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 voice" 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 his character...;" 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 published...Marlon Brando;" 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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