Sacheen Littlefeather, Booed at 1973 Oscar Ceremony, Gets In-Person Apology

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Actress-activist Sacheen Littlefeather’s place in Oscar history came full circle as she participated in a “healing event” at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, nearly 50 years after she was booed as she read a statement from Marlon Brando in 1973 while declining his Best Actor statue for “The Godfather.”

“The abuse you endured because of this statement was unwarranted and unjustified,” former Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president David Rubin told Littlefeather Saturday, reading from a letter he sent to her on June 18. “”You are forever, respectfully, ingrained in our history.”

Brando sent the then 26-year-old aspiring actress to protest the treatment of American Indians by the film industry but she was interrupted by boos, heckling and insults from the audience.

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