Sacheen Littlefeather Dies at 75: Native American Actress and Activist Passes Away Just Days After She Formally Accepted Apology From Academy for 1973 Oscars Protest Speech on Behalf of Marlon Brando

The activist Sacheen Littlefeather has died at the age of 75, weeks after she received an apology from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for the organization’s treatment of her at the 1973 Oscars when she declined an Academy award on Marlon Brando’s behalf.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said that Littlefeather died at her home in Novato, California on Sunday, per her caretaker.

The organization had held an event in Littlefeather’s honor two weeks ago for an evening of ‘conversation, healing and celebration.’

When Brando won best actor for The Godfather in 1973, Littlefeather, wearing buckskin dress and moccasins, took the stage, becoming the first Native American woman ever to do so at the Academy Awards.

When she appeared on Brando’s behalf in 1973, Littlefeather, then 26, said she was instructed by Brando not to touch the Oscar statuette; and by show producer Howard Koch to restrict her remarks to 60 seconds, under threat of arrest if she went over time, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Source: Daily Mail