Learn More About The Woman Who Refused an Oscar


Photo Credit: Stephanie Rausser

In retrospect, it’s hard to tell whether Roger Moore and Liv Ullmann knew ahead of time that the 45th Academy Awards ceremony was about to get turned upside down. They certainly looked nervous as they announced that Marlon Brando had won the Oscar for best actor, for his role in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather. They glanced warily toward the audience as a young Native American woman, Sacheen Littlefeather, stood up and made her way to the stage. Brando was nowhere in sight. He was, ostensibly, watching from home. In his place was this very beautiful, very serious-looking woman in traditional Apache dress and long black ponytails. As Littlefeather approached the podium, Moore offered her the statuette. She raised a hand, palm toward the Oscar, and turned purposefully toward the microphone.


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