Sacheen Littlefeather She formally accepted the Academy’s apology for the hostile reception she received during the 45th Academy Awards in 1973 when she appeared on behalf of winner Marlon Brando.
The actress and activist was honored Saturday during an event called “An Evening with Sacheen Littlefeather” at the Academic Museum of the Moving Image in Los Angeles. There, Littlefeather, 75, also shared a conversation with producer Bird Runningwater, co-chair of the Academy’s Indigenous Alliance.
In response to a letter of apology issued by then-Academy President David Rubin in June, she said, “I am here to accept this apology. Not just for me, but as an acknowledgment, knowing that it was not only mine but all of our nations who should hear and deserve this apology tonight” .
She continued, “Now, I would like all the Indian people to stand in this audience. Look at our people, look at each other and be proud that we were all alive.”
“Please, when I am gone, always remember that whenever you stand up for your truth, you will keep my voice and the voices of our nations and people alive,” she concluded. “I’m still Sacheen Littlefeather. Thank you.”
In 1973, Littlefeather . stood Oscar Awards Ceremony stage on behalf of Marlon Brando To decline the Best Actor award for his performance in The GodfatherAnd the using speech To invoke the film industry’s abuse of Native Americans.
The protest was met with a mixed reaction from the audience, with boos from the television audience being heard. She said it later John Wayne He was tied up behind the scenes for trying to break into the theater at the time of her speaking.
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“I remember the faces in the crowd,” Littlefeather . remembers Three decades after the event. “John Wayne, backstage, should have been stopped by six men from coming to get me off the stage.”
In an interview with diverse published on Tuesday, Littlefeather recalled, “I heard a disturbance behind me while I was speaking on the stage. I discovered that [Wayne] Six security men were preventing me from assaulting me on that platform.”
Little Feather said she was told by a security guard about what was going on behind the scenes, noting “but it was never announced” and that Wayne “never warned the academy.”
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She said after appearing at the Oscars diverse She was “interrupted by the FBI,” adding, “They’ve been going around Hollywood and telling people not to hire me. If they do that, they’ll stop making their films.”
In addition, other people on talk shows like Johnny CarsonAnd the Merv GriffinAnd other popular talk shows. They could go in there and talk about me, but I was never allowed to go with them and represent myself.”
In one of his first pictures interviews after, after Oscar Awards Ceremony Stunt, Brando told Dick Cavett that he was sad, but was not shocked by the audience’s reaction. “You destroy our imaginations by intruding on a little fact,” he said of how he interrupted the room’s cry.
Littlefeather was in disbelief upon receiving an apology from the academy in June, saying The Hollywood Reporter She was “amazing”.
“I never thought I would live to see the day when I would hear this, and suffer from it. When I was on the podium in 1973, I stood there on my own,” she added.
In the letter, Robin wrote in part: “The abuse I was subjected to because of this statement was unwarranted and unjustified. The emotional burden you have lived through and the cost of your career in our industry is irreparable. For too long, the courage you have shown has not been recognized. For this, We offer our deepest apologies and sincere admiration.”