, 2022-10-22 02:00:00,
Native American actress and activist Sacheen Littlefeather, who died earlier this month at the age of 75, has been exposed as an ethnic fraud by her two Hispanic sisters.
The model-turned-activist gained instant notoriety in 1973, when she took the stage at the Academy Awards in place of Marlon Brando. The actor, who had won the best actor statue for his role in ‘The Godfather,’ allowed Littlefeather to speak in his stead about the way Native Americans were treated in Hollywood.
Claiming to be a descendent of the Apache nation, Littlefeather spoke about the way Native American’s plight in Hollywood. The audience booed her, and she faced racist backlash for years.
Nearly 50 years after that moment on stage, Sacheen was issued a letter of apology by The Academy and agreed to appear at an in-person event to formally accept the apology in mid-September.
The only problem with Littlefeather’s heretofore unquestioned life story was that not an ounce of it was true, according to her siblings.
In a recent interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Littlefeather’s two biological sisters – Rosalind Cruz and Trudy Orlandi – pull the curtains back on their sibling’s half-century long fraud.
In March of 1973, Sacheen Littlefeather, posing as a Native American delivered a speech about the way ‘her people’ were treated in Hollywood in lieu of Marlon Brando accepting his best actor award
Littlefeather refused the Academy Award for Best Actor on behalf of Marlon Brando who…
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