Born In: Salinas, California, United States
Sacheen Littlefeather was an American actress and activist for Native American rights. She is best known for representing Oscar-nominated actor Marlon Brando at the 45th Academy Awards in 1973 while protesting against the stereotypical portrayal of Native Americans in the entertainment industry. After the Academy Awards speech, she continued her activism, actively working to solve a number of Native American issues. Sacheen Littlefeather was born Marie Louise Cruz in Salinas, California, to a leather stamper mother and a saddlemaker father. Following her graduation from California State College at Hayward, Littlefeather joined Indians of All Tribes and later participated in the 1969 occupation of Alcatraz. After changing her first name to Sacheen, she picked up radio and television commercials before eventually landing roles in films. In 2018, she was found to have developed stage 4 breast cancer. She died in 2022.
Also Known As: Marie Louise Cruz
Died At Age: 75
Born Country: United States
place of death: Novato, California, U.S.
U.S. State: California
Sacheen Littlefeather was born as Marie Louise Cruz on November 14, 1946, in Salinas, California, USA. Her mother was of French, German, and Dutch descent and her father was of Mexican descent. She had two sisters.
She attended California State College (present day - California State University). She later studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater.
In March 2018, it was reported that Sacheen Littlefeather had developed breast cancer. She died on October 2, 2022, at her home in Novato, California
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