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    Then there is Brando's political activism, highlighted by his defiant gesture of declining the Oscar in 1973 to register a statement regarding the plight of Native Americans. Sacheen Littlefeather, who famously appeared on his behalf, says John Wayne nearly had to be physically restrained backstage from rushing out to remove her.

    John Wayne was backstage, and had to be restrained from storming onto the stage and forcefully removing her.

    Little Feather had a longer speech that Brando wanted read, but she was told by Oscar staff backstage that if she did, she would be arrested. She was intimidated by the ridiculous threat, so instead, she spoke the above words.

    Brando wasn't at the ceremony. He was up in Wounded Knee, South Dakota, supporting the American Indian movement as they occupied the small town as a statement of what they had been going through.

    Dammit. The images of John Wayne wrestling a pretty Indian maiden off the stage would have been priceless.  I wish he had broke loose.

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