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    Marlon Brando's 1973 Academy Awards Programs and Other Items. Always one to defy convention, Marlon Brando turned down the Academy Award he won for his performance as Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather, the second actor to refuse an Oscar (the first being George C. Scott for Patton). Instead, Brando boycotted the March 27, 1973 awards ceremony and sent his longtime assistant Alice Marchak instead with little-known actress Sacheen Littlefeather to state his reasons, which were based on his objections to the depiction of Native Americans by Hollywood and television. There was later much controversy when it emerged Littlefeather was not a Native American at all, but a Mexican actress named Maria Cruz. Included in this lot are two program books from the event (in Excellent condition with very light wear and tanning), two ticket stubs from the ceremony (Excellent), two unused tickets to the Board of Governors Ball held after the event (Excellent), and a collection of newspaper clippings regarding Littlefeather's "acceptance speech" (Fine with heavy tanning). Included is a handwritten letter of authenticity from Marchak. From the collection of Marlon Brando.

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    October, 2006
    6th-7th Friday-Saturday
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