Marlon Brando‘s third wife Tarita Teriipaia has exposed secrets from their
ten-year marriage in her memoirs, including how the late acting legend turned
his back on their mentally-disturbed daughter Cheyenne.
The 63-year-old former actress claimed she wrote Marlon, My Love, My
Suffering–which hit bookstores in France Jan. 31–to get over
her turbulent past.
Teriipaia says, “We lived terrible tragedies and we all suffered a lot.
Marlon never spoke about it. I wanted our children, all our grand-children to
know our history.”
In the tome, Teriipaia describes how Brando switched from begging her to have
a child to urging her to have an abortion when she fell pregnant with Teihotu.
Teriipaia claims Brando withdrew from his once-beloved daughter Cheyenne when
she began to have violent fits, explaining, “When she started being ill, he
stopped coming here, to Tahiti, and no longer called.”
Cheyenne’s half-brother Christian, whose mother was Welsh actress Anna
Kashfi, was jailed in 1990 for the murder of Cheyenne’s boyfriend. Sadly,
Cheyenne committed suicide in 1995, aged 25.
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Decades after their 1972 divorce, Cheyenne’s untimely death brought Brando
and Teriipaia back together.
Teriipaia laments, “He attracted me and at the same time he scared me. He
gives me everything. With him I feel protected, he watches over me, he gives me
everything I want.
“(The book) allowed me to understand that despite everything, we loved each
other. It was probably an impossible love, but it was our love.”
Brando died in Los Angeles in last July from pulmonary fibrosis.
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