The actor won an Oscar for his performance in The Godfather but he boycotted the ceremony, sending Sacheen Littlefeather instead to give a speech about the treatment and portrayal of Native Americans in Hollywood.
But Littlefeather, now 63, is convinced the incident put an end to her acting career - and nearly cost her her life.
Speaking at a documentary presentation on Thursday (05Aug10), Littlefeather recalled how bullets were fired at Brando's front door when she went to visit him after the awards.
She also accused government officials of asking top movie bosses to avoid casting her in their projects - in a bid to quash American Indian activism, reports the Associated Press.
Late, great movie icon Marlon Brando is to be honored by his friends and peers as part of a new two-part documentary to air on TV in May.
James Caan, Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese, Angie Dickinson, Edward Norton and Dennis Hopper will join family and friends to reminisce and pay tribute to the On the Waterfront star in Brando.
The revealing documentary will also feature never-before-seen footage of Brando at work and play, and a series of rarely seen in-depth interviews with the actor.
It will also look at Brando's involvement in civil rights and features interviews with Native American leaders and Black Panther officials, whom the movie legend worked with and befriended.
But the real highlight of the documentary, which will air on the Turner Classic Movies network on May 1 and 2, will be an interview with Sacheen Littlefeather, the Native American actress who took the stage at the 1973 Academy Awards to reject Brando's Oscar for The Godfather.
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