Marlon Brando
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Marlon Brando
Birth Name: Marlon Brando Jr.
Nickname: Bud, Bran flakes
Date of birth: April 3, 1924
Date of death: July 1, 2004
Birth Place: Omaha, NE USA
Height: 5' 10"

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    Courtney Love still thinks Marlon Brando is her grandfather

    Courtney Love is sad that her estranged grandmother author Paula Fox died last week at 93 without revealing who Love’s grandfather was.

    Kurt Cobain’s widow has long suspected she is the descendant of Marlon Brando, based on the fact that both Brando and Fox were living with acting guru Stella Adler in 1943 when Love’s mother, Linda Carroll, was conceived.

    “She [Fox] went to her grave still not telling me and my brothers and sisters who is grandpa . . . I’m sticking with Brando. It’s very probable,” Love posted on Facebook.

    “I once asked Warren [Beatty] to ask Marlon to tell me. I’ll save the results of that interaction for my memoir.”

    Love’s protracted investigation evidently irked Fox, who told the Observer in 2013: “She’s awful, she’s awful. She’s terrible! I met with her for an hour, and the hour was like an hour in the devil’s pocket, for both of us.”

    Love said at the time, “Paula’s absolute dislike of me is shocking and inexplicable.”

    I asked Love, now in Vancouver starring as Kitty Menendez in Lifetime’s “The Menendez Brothers,” for more details.

    Her reply, via e-mail: “Oh lord. No comment.”

    But Love has previously said, “If you look at me before my first nose job, I kind of look like Marlon Brando.”

    Marlon Brando -- Son Defends 'Last Tango' Scene ... He Did NOT Plan a Rape!

    Marlon Brando's son is coming to his late father's defense, saying there's no way his father would ever have plotted to sexually violate his "Last Tango in Paris" co-star.

    Marlon's oldest living son, Miko Brando, tackled the controversial confession from the film's director, Bernardo Bertolucci. A video recently surfaced of Bertolucci saying, in 2013, he and Brando planned at the last minute to use a stick of butter on Maria Schneider during the sex scene, and never gave her any forewarning.

    In the vid, Bertolucci says he wanted an authentic reaction to rape ... not acting. Schneider, who died in 2011, has said no intercourse took place, but she was shocked and strongly objected to the way things went down.

    Miko calls the story pure crap, and says, "That's not the human being" my father was. He has a theory about why Bertolucci ever made the comment.

    Celebs like Jessica Chastain, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick and Ava DuVernay have expressed outrage at Brando and Bertolucci for essentially plotting to rape a woman -- but Miko's just not buying it.

    Bernardo Bertolucci Says ‘Last Tango In Paris’ Rape Scene Backlash A “Ridiculous Misunderstanding”

    Bernardo Bertolucci has responded to reports that surfaced over the weekend alleging the rape scene in Last Tango In Paris with Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider was not consensual, labeling it a “ridiculous misunderstanding.”

    The Italian director issued a statement Monday that said: “I would like for the last time to clear up a ridiculous misunderstanding that continues to generate press reports about ‘Last Tango in Paris’ around the world. Several years ago, at the Cinematheque Francaise, someone asked me for details on the famous butter scene. I specified, but perhaps was not clear, that I decided with Marlon Brando not to inform Maria that we would [use] butter.

    “We wanted her spontaneous reaction to that improper use [of butter]. This is where the misunderstanding lies. Somebody thought, and thinks, that Maria had not been informed about the violence on her. That is false.”

    The director added that “Maria knew everything because she had read the script, where it was all described. The only novelty was the idea of the butter.”

    Over the weekend, a three-year-old video surfaced that suggested the film’s most controversial moment – a rape scene between Brando’s character and Schneider – was shot without her full consent. In the video, Bertolucci talks about the scene in which Brando’s character uses a stick of butter as a lubricant before simulating raping her. He said that they didn’t tell Schneider, who was 19 at the time, about the butter before filming. “We were having, with Marlon [Brando], breakfast on the floor of the flat where I was shooting. There was a baguette, there was butter and we looked at each other and, without saying anything, we knew what we wanted.”

    He added that he had been “horrible to Maria because I didn’t tell her what was going on.”

    The news sparked outrage, with several actors and public figures taking to Twitter to express their disgust. Jessica Chastain said “I feel sick” while Chris Evans said it was “beyond disgusting.”

    Bertolucci Admits He Conspired to Shoot a Non-Consensual Rape Scene in 'Last Tango in Paris'

    It's known as one of the most infamous rape scenes in Hollywood history—but Last Tango in Paris director Bernardo Bertolucci admitted in a recently surfaced video that star Maria Schneider never consented to it.

    Instead, Bertolucci confessed in the 2013 clip that he and Marlon Brando came up with the idea to shoot the assault scene in which Brando's character uses a stick of butter to rape Schneider on screen. At the time, Brando was 48. Schneider was just 19.

    "The sequence of the butter is an idea that I had with Marlon in the morning before shooting," Bertulocci said in an event held at La Cinémathèque Française in Paris in 2013. He added that he felt horrible "in a way" for his treatment of Schneider but defended himself, explaining that he "wanted her reaction as a girl, not as an actress."

    "I wanted her to react humiliated," he said. "I think she hated me and also Marlon because we didn't tell her." Even so, Bertolucci clarified that he didn't "regret" how he decided to direct the scene.

    "To obtain something I think you have to be completely free," he said. "I didn't want Maria to act her humiliation her rage, I wanted her to Maria to feel...the rage and humiliation. Then she hated me for all of her life."

    After Last Tango in Paris, Schneider never shot another nude scene. She struggled with drug addiction and depression following the attention the movie brought her. In an exclusive to the Daily Mail in 2007, Schneider wrote that she had felt violated by the experience.

    "I felt humiliated and to be honest, I felt a little raped, both by Marlon and by Bertolucci," she said. "After the scene, Marlon didn't console me or [apologize]. Thankfully, there was just one take."

    For confidential and free support about rape or sexual assault, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline 24/7 at 800.656.HOPE. You can also IM anonymously at online.rainn.org.

    Marlon Brando’s exes speak out about his sex addiction

    “Our sensual life was unbelievable,” longtime Marlon Brando flame Rita Moreno has revealed of the “Godfather” legend in a new profile of his love life.

    Closer Weekly also reports that Brando’s first wife, recently deceased Anna Kashfi, said, “He was a man of vast sexual appetites that couldn’t be contained.”

    However, Brando’s constant philandering caused both women heartbreak. The “On the Waterfront” star began cheating on Kashfi less than a year after they married, and Moreno attempted suicide due to his infidelities, which she wrote about in her 2013 memoir.

    “I tried to kill myself out of self-hatred, because I was like, ‘How could you allow yourself to let somebody treat you so badly?’” she told Closer.

    With Brando’s fame came an unending supply of lovers.

    “He ... always said he was looking for love, but he was addicted to sex,” Brando biographer Susan L. Mizruchi dished to Closer. “He was an incomparable artist and an incomparably miserable man,” adds Peter Manso, author of “Brando: The Biography.” Brando fathered 16 children with several women.

    2015 IDA Documentary Awards: Winners

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    Listen to Me Marlon
    Written by: Stevan Riley
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    Marlon Brando's First Wife -- War Over Final Resting Place

    The first wife of Marlon Brando is turning over in her grave because her dying wish -- to be buried side-by-side with her son, Christian Brando -- was denied by Christian's first wife.

    Anna Kashfi was laid to rest Wednesday in Kalama, WA after succumbing to breast and colon cancer. What friends planning her funeral didn't realize ... is that Mary Brando had snatched the prime real estate next to Christian's grave -- even though they'd divorced 21 years before his death.

    Funeral organizers went to plan B, and instead buried Anna in the plot directly above Christian -- so they're now head-to-head.

    Mary is still alive ... and Brando family sources tell us Anna's estate contacted her to try to buy back the prized plot, but she refused. That's more bad blood than a T. Swizzle video.

    Marlon Brando's First Wife Anna Kashfi Dead -- British Actress Dies at 80

    Anna Kashfi, mother of Marlon Brando's first son, has died in Washington state.

    Kashfi married Brando in 1957, not too long after meeting at the commissary at Paramount Studios. She gave birth to Christian Brando in 1958. The next year she and Marlon divorced -- they fought for custody of Christian ... with Marlon eventually winning.

    Kashfi said she was born in India, and raised in Great Britain. In the early '50s, she starred in movies with Rock Hudson ("Battle Hymn") and Spencer Tracy ("The Mountain").

    She wrote a tell-all book about her life with Marlon in 1979 called, "Brando for Breakfast."

    Christian, you may recall, shot and killed his sister's boyfriend, pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and served 6 years in prison. He died in 2008, and was buried in Kalama, Washington ... the same town where Anna lived.

    Showtime Unwraps Slate Of Documentaries On Jimi Hendrix, Marlon Brando, Barney Frank & Others

    Showtime said earlier today at the TCA Summer Press Tour that its inside-the-CIA documentary The Spymasters will bow in November, now it has released info on its docu slate for the rest of 2015 and into the spring. Projects from the likes of Antoine Fuqua, Amy Berg and Stevan Riley tackle subjects ranging from rock’s ultimate guitar god to a fallen rap mogul to one of the 20th century’s greatest actors and the infamous polygamist who still lords over his cult from behind bars. Other topics include iconoclastic legislator Barney Frank, future Hall of Fame football star Tony Gonzalez and the woman who Dreamcatcher Foundation fights to end human trafficking and to prevent the sexual exploitation of at-risk youth. For the first time in Showtime history, three of the docus — Listen To Me Marlon, Dreamcatcher and Prophet’s Prey — are being released theatrically before they bow on the premium network.

    LISTEN TO ME MARLON
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    Under the SHOWTIME DOCUMENTARY FILMS banner, LISTEN TO ME MARLON is the definitive Marlon Brando cinema documentary. Described as “revelatory” by the Los Angeles Times, “a masterpiece” by theVillage Voice, and “the greatest, most searching documentary” by New York Magazine, LISTEN TO ME MARLON was created using Brando’s vast personal audio archive, allowing him to tell the story in his own words. For the first time, Brando’s personal audio recordings come to life, charting his exceptional career as an actor and his extraordinary life away from the stage and screen. The film reveals the complexities and contradictions that were Marlon Brando, guiding us into the padlocked recesses of his own memory and through the story of his life. LISTEN TO ME MARLON is written, edited and directed by Stevan Riley (Fire in Babylon) and produced by Academy Award®-winning producer John Battsek (Searching for Sugar Man, Restrepo, The Tillman Story, One Day In September), Emmy® winner R.J. Cutler (THE WORLD ACCORDING TO DICK CHENEY, The September Issue) and Emmy Award nominee George Chignell (Ali). Simon Chinn serves as the executive producer. LISTEN TO ME MARLON is a Passion Pictures production in association with Red Box Films and co-produced by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group.

    Marlon Brando's Harley Is for Sale

    (Pic, Pic2) Want to truly feel like The Wild One?

    Marlon Brando's 1969 personally owned Harley-Davidson is for sale.

    The motorcycle of the Oscar-winning actor – whose iconic portrayal of motorcycle gang leader Johnny Strabler in the 1953 film is considered to be the original outlaw biker – hits the auction block June 27 in Beverly Hills.

    The Harley Davidson FLH Electra-Glide motorcycle was purchased by Brando in 1970 and the auction house states the bike – which is estimated to be worth between $200,000-$400,000 – "could be the only Brando motorcycle available."

    "My father was bigger than life and everything he did was often celebrated by fans around the globe," Miko Brando, the actor's son, tells PEOPLE exclusively. "My hope is that many of the items coming up for auction this weekend at Julien's Auctions will offer a small glimpse into the life of my father, who happened to also be one of the world's most loved and famous actors of our time."

    According to Julien's, which is conducting the highly anticipated Hollywood Legends Auction, Brando once said, "It still pleases me to be awake during the dark, early hours before morning when everyone else is still asleep. I've been that way since I first moved to New York. I do my best thinking and writing then."

    Continued Brando, who would also ride the bike for hours on desert roads in the American Southwest: "During those early years in New York, I often got on my motorcycle in the middle of the night and went for a ride anyplace. There wasn't much crime in the city then, and if you owned a motorcycle, you left it outside your apartment and in the morning it was still there. It was wonderful on summer nights to cruise around the city at one, two, three a.m. wearing jeans and a just a T-shirt with a girl on the seat behind me. If I didn't start out with one, I'd find one."

    Marilyn Monroe dress could fetch $500K at auction

    (Pic) A dress worn by Marilyn Monroe, a Harley-Davidson owned by Marlon Brando and slices of British royal wedding cakes will go under the hammer this week at an annual two-day sale of memorabilia in Beverly Hills, California.

    Julien’s Auctions holds its annual Hollywood Legends Auction on June 26-27, which this year showcases a floral silk crepe dress worn by Monroe, expected to fetch $300,000 to $500,000.

    The Hollywood actress wore the figure-hugging dress during the making of her last unfinished film, “Something’s Got to Give,” before her death in August 1962.

    “It’s the last dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in her last movie, her last career-worn dress,” Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions, told Reuters.

    “The image of Marilyn wearing that dress was used by all of the national newspapers when they announced (her) tragic and untimely passing.”

    Fans of the British monarchy will have the chance to get their hands on several royal pieces, including an embellished Versace dress worn by the late Princess Diana as well as royal wedding cake slices, estimated in the $400 to $600 range per piece.

    The cake slices from the weddings of Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Charles and Prince William are no longer edible, but are coveted by the royal family’s fans nonetheless, Nolan said.

    Other items on offer include tunics worn by “Star Trek” cast members and a 1969 Harley-Davidson once owned by Brando, which is estimated at between $200,000 and $400,000.

    Jackie Collins had a 'dream affair' with Marlon Brando

    Art imitates life.

    Jackie Collins visited Page Six on Wednesday and revealed that her real life is just as exciting as her novels.

    Art imitates life.

    Jackie Collins visited Page Six on Wednesday and revealed that her real life is just as exciting as her novels.

    “If you could have an affair with anyone in history, literature or animation, who would it be?” a user asked during the #AskJackieCollins Twitter chat.

    Collins, 77, answered, “I think I had my dream affair and that was with Marlon Brando.”

    In other Brando related news, “The Santangelos” author also revealed that one of her favorite books is “The Godfather.”

    Sundance premieres doc of lost Marlon Brando footage

    One of the unlikely stars at Sundance was Marlon Brando, after the premiere of a documentary that uses lost tapes made by the legend to narrate a film about his life.

    “Listen to Me Marlon” by Stevan Riley and Showtime includes unseen footage of the famously reclusive actor. But producers also unearthed “hundreds of hours” of unheard audio of Brando.

    As a result, the film’s entirely narrated by the “Godfather” star. “Brando had a huge audio diary, which his estate kept under wraps until now,” explained one of the film’s reps.

    Revealing how he got his most famous role, Brando says, “Francis [Ford] Coppola wanted me for the part of ‘The Godfather,’ but the studio was fighting it. It was demeaning to do a screen test, but I needed a part at the time. I wasn’t sure I could play that part either.”

    He recalls how he landed the role by putting cotton balls in his mouth. “The first thing you know, I’m talkin’ like .?.?. I took a shot in the throat or something. I mumbled my way through it.” He adds, “You have to look at the camera .?.?. at the producer .?.?. and say, ‘I don’t give a f?-??-?k about any of you.”

    The project was particularly popular at Sundance with actors: James Franco, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda all saw it.

    'Listen To Me Marlon' Reveals Intimate Brando, In His Own Words - Sundance

    (Video) Documentary filmmaker Stevan Riley (Blue Blood, Fire In Babylon) got the chance of a lifetime when he was granted access to over 200 hours of audio tapes Marlon Brando made over the course of his life, a personal archive of never-before-heard musings, acting studies, self-hypnosis, and insights the enigmatic Oscar-winner had hoped to turn into an autobiographical film before his death in 2004.

    With the blessing of Brando’s estate and help from Searching For Sugar Man’s John Battsek (who produced alongside George Chignell and R.J. Cutler), Riley put Brando’s own intimate thoughts on Brando to film in Listen To Me Marlon, which premieres in competition Saturday in Sundance’s World Cinema Documentary program.

    The film takes its title from a self-hypnosis session Brando recorded in 1996: “Listen to me Marlon… This is one part of yourself speaking to another part of yourself. Listen to the sound of my voice and trust me. You know I have your interests at heart… Just relax, relax, relax. I’m going to help you change in a way that will make you feel happier, more useful… I want you to accept what I say as true. What I tell you here and now is true.”

    Riley’s layered portrait of Brando, guided by the film legend’s own complex thoughts on his career, life, and celebrity, includes a digitally animated 3D rendering based on facial scans Brando made with VFX pro Scott Billups in the 1980s. Riley considers the stylized representation a final performance of sorts by Brando.

    In Deadline’s exclusive clip above, the Godfather and On The Waterfront Oscar-winner reflects on the time he spent in Tahiti, a paradise that became Brando’s escape from Hollywood where welcoming locals cared little about his celebrity. He became an owner of the island Teti’aroa after falling in love with its beauty while filming Mutiny On The Bounty: “If I’d come close to a sense of peace, it would be there.”

    Listen To Me Marlon is executive produced by Brando Enterprises’ Avra Douglas, who will be in attendance at Sundance with Riley, the producers, and Brando’s daughter Rebecca Brando. The Passion Pictures film was produced and developed by Showtime for their SHO: CLOSE UP banner. Co-producer Nicole Stott is handling sales for Passion Pictures out of Park City.

    Brando doc resurfaces almost 50 years after it was made

    Albert Maysles and his brother, the late David Maysles, are responsible for some of the best documentaries ever made, including Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter.

    One of their early films has been hard to find, but I was delighted to see that next month it will be available online via Fandor. Shot in 1965, Meet Marlon Brando shows the legendary actor being interviewed by fawning members of the press. It only lasts about 30 minutes, but that's long enough to illustrate a) Brando's intelligence and star power; and b) the silliness of the media.

    In this video, Albert tells how he and his brother were assigned to shoot Brando at the New York press junket for the film Morituri.

    "Almost immediately upon starting to film the interviews, we thought as we looked to one another, 'Oh, my goodness. We could put these together and have a film of our own," he says.

    The film pops up on YouTube from time to time but is often removed. You can see the official trailer over at the Maysles' site, which contains more flirtatious reporters, as well as the actor's tongue-in-cheek conversation. ("You're one of the prettiest interviewers that I, uh ...")

    At different points in the movie, Brando speaks French and German, and he also talks earnestly about civil rights.

    They don't make 'em like this anymore, do they? Meet Marlon Brando goes on demand Nov. 15 via Fandor's site and app.

    R.J. Cutler Inks First-Look Deal At Showtime, Will Produce Marlon Brando Documentary

    On the heels of the premiere of R.J. Cutler‘s well-received documentary The World According To Dick Cheney on Showtime, the pay cable network has signed a two-year, first-look deal with the Emmy-winning filmmaker for him to produce and direct new documentaries. The first film under the pact will be a profile of legendary actor Marlon Brando, which Cutler will executive produce, along with executive producer John Battsek (Searching For Sugarman) and director Stevan Riley (Fire In Babylon).

    Cutler’s documentary credits include the Oscar-nominated The War Room, Emmy-nominated A Perfect Candidate, The September Issue and Emmy-winning series American High. On the scripted side, Cutler, repped by CAA and attorney Jeanne Newman, has a first-look deal with Lionsgate TV and executive produces/directs the studio’s ABC drama series Nashville, and just directed the CBS drama pilot The Ordained. The World According To Dick Cheney examined the pivotal role Cheney played in the George W. Bush administration and in the formation of domestic and foreign policy in a post-September 11th world.

    Madonna "Vogue" Suit: Singer Settles With Marlon Brando's Estate Over Use of Star's Image

    Madonna is getting into the settlement groove.

    The Material Girl has tentatively resolved a lawsuit filed by Marlon Brando's estate over her use of the late Hollywood star's iconic mug in video accompanying her performance of her 1990 hit "Vogue," whose lyrics reference Brando.

    Per The Hollywood Reporter, the screen legend's heirs sued Madonna last fall claiming the Queen of Pop only licensed Brando's publicity rights for her halftime performance at last year's Super Bowl, not for her current MDNA tour.

    The lawsuit came in response to legal action originally taken by CMG Worldwide, a company tasked with clearing all intellectual property rights for Madonna's shows.

    In a complaint filed in July, CMG claimed that it reached agreements with the estates of other dead celebrities mentioned in the famous song, including those of Ginger Rogers, James Dean and Jean Harlow, that saw the singer pay $5,000 for use of their image. The firm asked for a court declaration acknowledging that it had an equivalent enforceable deal with Brando's reps.

    Not so according to the estate.

    Brando Enterprises hit back with a countersuit in September demanding Madonna pay it $20,000 for the rights. Consequently, because of a "most favored nation" clause with each party, the hitmaker would have been forced to shell out the same to the other estates, making "Vogue" inherently too expensive to perform live as she initially envisioned when crooning, "Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean/on the cover of a magazine."

    Now per THR, both parties have told the court that they've hammered out a settlement in principle, but need more time to execute it. No word on the terms.

    Lawyers for Madonna and Brando's estate were unavailable for comment.

    Madonna sued for flashing Marlon Brando in concert

    The owner of Marlon Brando's trademark rights say that Madonna made them an offer that they refused - and now they're suing the "Hard Candy" singer for ignoring their refusal.

    Brando Enterprises filed suit in U.S. District Court in Central California against Madonna, along with Bhakti Touring, Inc., on Thursday, alleging that the Material Mom has been using the "Apocalypse Now" actor's image on tour without permission - in fact, according to Brando Enterprises, their representatives "expressly refused to grant such rights to the Defendants" when they were approached.

    According to the suit, which claims misappropriation of right of publicity and federal trademark infringement, among other charges, Madonna's people first approached Brand Sense Partners, which represents Brando Enterprises, about licensing Brando's image for her Super Bowl halftime performance this year, and was granted the rights for onetime use. (Madonna's 1990 song makes reference to numerous celebrities, including Brando.)

    After that, Madonna's camp once again approached Brand Sense Partners about using Brando's image for the current tour. During negotiations, Brand Sense was offered slightly more than the fee that it received for the one-time Super Bowl use, and the two parties didn't come to terms, the suit says.

    However, that hasn't stopped Madonna from using Brando's image on the tour anyway.

    A spokeswoman for the singer has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment.

    The suit is the latest development in an ongoing legal saga over the singer's use of Brando's image on her tour. In September, CMG Worldwide Inc., which handles trademark rights for numerous celebrities and attempted to negotiate the rights to Brando's image for Madonna's tour, sued Brand Sense, claiming that Brand Sense agreed to license the image for the tour for $5,000, then jacked up the price to $20,000.

    Brando Enterprises is seeking general and special damages, as well as revenues and profits received as a result of using Brando's image, plus treble damages, statutory damages, attorney's fees and costs.

    They also want an injunction barring Madonna from using Brando's image in the future.

    Marlon Brando estate sues Harley-Davidson over boots

    The estate of famed actor Marlon Brando has filed a lawsuit against Harley-Davidson Motor Company for allegedly selling a line of boots called "The Brando."

    Brando Enterprises says in a lawsuit filed in California that the "Brando" boots misappropriate the late actor's likeness. It wants an injunction to stop the motorcycle giant from continuing to sell and marketing the footwear.

    We've heard of all sorts of claims by celebrities over their publicity rights: image, name, voice, etc. Last year, the estate of Humphrey Bogart went to war over a couch called the "Bogart" that was said to confuse the public. So it's probably not a shocker that boots have now made the list of alleged infringements.

    According to the lawsuit, the boots look similar to a pair that Brando wore in the 1953 classic, "The Wild One."

    In announcing the lawsuit, Jeffrey Abrams, the lawyer for the estate, pointed out that Harley-Davidson has been aggressive in its own right on the trademark front.

    "It is interesting that Harley-Davidson -- a company that is vigorously protective of its own brand -- would seek to exploit an iconic property without benefit of a licensing agreement," said Abrams. "The flagrant disregard for the law by Harley-Davidson cannot be tolerated. It is our mission to protect the Marlon Brando name and we will pursue any company or individual who infringes on these rights meant to benefit the Brando family."

    Harley Davidson hasn't yet responded to a request for comment.

    Which Hollywood Legend's Grandson Is a Male Model?

    (Photo) Like grandfather, like grandson.

    Not only does this young man share the same last name as that of arguably the greatest actor to ever have walked the planet, but he also seems to have inherited his chiseled good looks as well.

    And he's definitely working the latter in this new ad for TechnoMarine watches.

    So who is the guy behind the creatively-placed timepiece?

    It's Marlon Brando's 20-year-old grandson, Tuki Brando!

    But despite his famous lineage, Tuki's life growing up was anything but a streetcar named desire. His uncle, Christian Brando, killed Tuki's father before he was born; and his mother later took her own life when he was only five. What's more, Tuki was completely left out of his grandfather's will when he died in 2004.

    As for modeling, this isn't Tuki's first gig, having already done some work for Versace.

    Whether he continues to strike a pose remains to be seen, especially given the fact that he's currently studying medicine. Guess, er, time, will tell!

    Belafonte: Brando helped inspire documentary film

    U.S. civil rights activist and singer Harry Belafonte says Marlon Brando's death was one trigger for his decision to make a documentary reflecting the events of his own life.

    The 83-year-old Belafonte presented the film, "Sing Your Song," at the Berlin film festival on Saturday. It is directed by Susanne Rostock and co-produced by his daughter, Gina.

    Belafonte was close in his youth to Brando, who died in 2004.

    He says that little is known about the actor's work as a social activist, and when Brando died he was saddened not just at losing a friend and a great artist "but that also the history books had lost a story."

    Belafonte says his daughter also was pressing him to make a film about his life and document the people with whom he has shared it.

    'Godfather' house up for sale

    A house used as the home of Marlon Brando's Vito Corleone character in The Godfather has gone on sale for almost $3 million.

    The eight-bedroom, four-bathroom property on Staten Island, New York featured in Francis Ford Coppola's gangster epic as the base of mob boss Corleone.

    Its grounds were used for the 1972 movie's famous wedding scene, and interior shots of the crime dynasty eating meals and holding family meetings were filmed inside the property.

    The home is set in 7,000 square metres (24,000 square feet) of land and includes a swimming pool and a garage big enough for four cars. It even has a bar in the basement.

    The elderly owner of the house died last month, and the property has since been put on the market for $2.9 million.

    A neighbour, Elaine Albert, tells the New York Daily News, "I remember when they filmed the wedding in the backyard. People know it. Japanese tourists come here to take pictures."

    Legal fight over Brando's ashes

    Marlon Brando's ex-wife Anna Kashfi has launched an extraordinary legal battle over the movie icon's ashes - claiming her son's former girlfriend is refusing to hand them back to her.

    The Wild One star's remains were divided up among members of his family following his death from respiratory failure in 2004.

    Brando's son Christian received some of the ashes, and following his death in 2008 they were allegedly kept by his then-girlfriend Donna Lopez Geon.

    Now Christian's mother Kashfi, who divorced Brando in 1959, wants them back - she's filed legal papers at Los Angeles County Superior Court demanding Geon returns "a portion of the cremated remains of Marlon Brando."

    Kashfi also claims Geon has her son's St. Christopher's medal, but Geon tells TMZ.com, "Christian wasn't close with his family and wouldn't have wanted his mother or anyone else to have his property when he died... When I found out they were coming after the property, I took some of the ashes I have and spread them in Franklin Canyon (Los Angeles)... Marlon loved that place."

    Brando's 1973 Oscar stand-in recounts fallout

    Sacheen Littlefeather says she paid a price when she decried Hollywood's stereotyped portrayal of American Indians at the 1973 Oscars.

    Littlefeather, who was sent by Marlon Brando to decline his best-actor award for "The Godfather," says her high-profile advocacy put her life at risk and cut her acting career short.

    She says when she visited Brando after the ceremony, bullets were fired at his front door. No one was injured.

    Littlefeather, who went on to appear in just a handful of films, also claims the U.S. government encouraged the entertainment industry to avoid hiring her as part of its effort to quash American Indian activism.

    She spoke Thursday during a presentation to TV critics on "Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian," a documentary airing in November on the "Independent Lens" series.

    Brando, Quinn exhibit to tour world

    Late movie greats Marlon Brando and Anthony Quinn are joining forces from beyond the grave to feature in a new exhibition of rare and unseen photographs.

    Officials of the estate of photographer Sam Shaw have teamed up with Brando Enterprises and the Anthony Quinn Foundation to present The Rebels: Marlon Brando and Anthony Quinn at the Museo Nazionale del Cinema in Turin, Italy.

    The exhibition will feature over 100 images of the iconic film actors captured by Shaw.

    Brando Enterprises boss Larry Dressler says, "We are delighted to join the Shaw and Quinn families to present this stunning collection of work. Mr. Shaw's contribution to Hollywood's golden era and Marlon's legacy is one that we are truly thankful for."

    The show opens in Turin later this month and runs until Sept. 19, when it will then begin a tour.

    Brando's ex sues over son's death

    Marlon Brando's ex-wife Anna Kashfi is taking legal action against a Los Angeles hospital over the death of their son Christian Brando.

    Kashfi, who was married to the late Hollywood star for two years until 1959, has filed suit against bosses at the CHA Health System, the company which runs the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, where Christian died in 2008 following a battle with pneumonia.

    The suit alleges the doctor who treated the 49 year old was "reckless in providing medical care and monitoring Christian," according to papers obtained by TMZ.com.

    Brando's former wife is also suing two of the star's other children, Teihotu and Rebecca, who he had with previous partners, for allegedly interfering with Kashfi's right to dispose of Christian's remains.

    Kashfi filed the papers on Friday. She is suing for unspecified damages.

    JACKIE ONASSIS SEDUCED MARLON BRANDO

    MARLON Brando enjoyed two nights of passionate sex with Jacqueline Kennedy and wanted to bare the intimate details to the world, a new book reveals.

    In "Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story," which details a purported post-JFK assassination affair between Jackie and Robert F. Kennedy, C. David Heymann has obtained passages from Brando's account of how he hooked up with Jackie in 1964. They were in the first draft of the Oscar winner's 1994 memoir, "Songs My Mother Taught Me," until an editor friend of Jackie (by then also the widow of Aristotle Onassis) at Random House insisted they be cut, Heymann writes.

    The first time, "according to Brando, [their] three-hour meal included a good deal of drinking . . . Jackie and the actor danced and drank. During their dance, Jackie, deeply attracted to Brando, 'pressed her thighs' suggestively into his. They danced again, then sat down and began to 'make out,' " according to Heymann.

    He relates: "In Brando's words, 'From all I'd read and heard about her, Jacqueline Kennedy seemed coquettish and sensual but not particularly sexual. If anything, I pictured her as more voyeur than player. But that wasn't the case. She kept waiting for me to try to get her into bed. When I failed to make a move, she took matters into her own hands and popped the magic question. 'Would you like to spend the night?' And I said, 'I thought you'd never ask.' "

    A week later, Jackie again hooked up with Brando at a Sutton Place apartment he borrowed from a friend. Commenting on Jackie's "boyish hips" and "muscular frame," Brando said, "I'm not sure she knew what she was doing sexually, but she did it well."

    But Jackie then ended it. Heymann writes: "Having twice consummated her relationship with Brando, Jackie showed no interest in pursuing him further."

    The book from Atria is due next month.

    Brando 'daughter' Doubted

    ANOTHER alleged Marlon Brando love child has surfaced, but her authenticity is in serious doubt. Pop singer Rachel Anjel Brando, 30, claims Brando impregnated her Polynesian mom, who sent her off to boarding school at age 3. "I understand my father wanted me far from the US for fear of someone finding out he once again had a child out of wedlock," she claims on a Web site for the Marlon Brando Association, which purports to be a charity group of which she's honorary president. "I was a bastard, fruit of a short-lived story between my mother and my father. For her it was the big love of her life, for him, just another girl he wanted to seduce amongst so many others." But movie producer Mike Medavoy, the executor of Brando's estate, told us she has no affiliation with the family: "I have no idea who she is or what she's doing. I'm just afraid she's using the name to raise money." An e-mail sent to Rachel was not answered.

    Son of Marlon Brando died of pneumonia -coroner

    The Los Angeles County Coroner's office has determined that pneumonia was the cause of death for Christian Brando, son of Hollywood star Marlon Brando, a spokesman for the agency said on Friday.

    Brando, eldest son of the Oscar-winning actor, died at a Los Angeles hospital in January at the age of 49 and medical examiners investigated the death at his family's request. An autopsy was conducted at the time but results were held pending return of toxicology tests.

    "He died of pneumonia," Ed Winter, assistant chief of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, told Reuters.

    Winter said there were no drugs or medication of consequence found in Brando's system and that he was not aware of any other contributing factors.

    Brando, son of Marlon Brando and Welsh actress Anna Kashfi, had been hospitalized at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center for about two weeks before his death. His ex-wife, Deborah, told People magazine he had been comatose and on a respirator.

    Brando made international headlines when he fatally shot Dag Drollet, 26, on May 16, 1990, after his sister Cheyenne told him that Drollet, her boyfriend, had been beating her.

    His arrest and the subsequent legal proceedings fueled Marlon Brando's tearful plea for leniency on his son's behalf in a California courtroom. Christian Brando pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and spent nearly five years in prison.

    Christian Brando also figured in the murder trial of actor Robert Blake, who was acquitted in the May 4, 2001, shooting death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley.

    He had briefly dated Bakley, and the defense suggested he could have been the killer. He was never arrested or charged in the case and police cleared him of involvement.

    Marlon Brando, considered one of the greatest actors of his generation, won Academy Awards for roles in "On the Waterfront" and "The Godfather." He died in 2004 at the age of 80.

    Kin Battle Over Brando Body

    IT'S war over the body of Christian Brando, who died Saturday in Los Angeles, as authorities try to figure out what killed the son of the late legend Marlon Brando. An autopsy yesterday listed the cause of death as deferred, pending toxicology tests to find out if he had prescription or other drugs in his system - and whether a medical condition was involved. The autopsy was requested "based on his past drug history," the LA county coroner said. Christian's estranged mom, Anna Kashfi, requested it.

    Meanwhile, his ex-wife has teamed up with Kashfi to battle Christian's girlfriend and adopted siblings over who will get his remains and what will be done with them.

    The ex, Debra Presley, married him in 2004 - for all of three months - and claims to be the illegitimate daughter of Elvis.

    "These two want to take the remains to Washington and have him buried because he used to live there," said Keith Fink, a lawyer for Donna Geon, Brando's girlfriend of three years.

    "They don't want his girlfriend or the siblings to even see the body, for no reason at all."

    But Geon says Christian's wishes were to be cremated and have his ashes spread in Franklin Park in Los Angeles, the same place his father had some of his ashes spread.

    Christian's half-sister, Rebecca Brando, and half-brother, Teihotu Brando, along with Geon, hired Fink to assist them in getting rights to the body.

    Fink plans to file a motion in LA Superior Court on the trio's behalf to have the corpse released to them once it leaves the county coroner's office.

    "Their grievance is that they're the ones who loved Christian. They want his remains to stay in California and they want to do what he wished," said Fink.

    "Meanwhile, the mortuary complained to me that Anna ignored them when they explained how the body should be properly clothed and cared for. They are just being petty, vindictive, small people who border on loony toons."

    A family spokeswoman for Kashfi and Presley did not return calls.

    No immediate results in Brando autopsy

    An autopsy on the body of Christian Brando did not immediately determine what killed the son of the late actor Marlon Brando, authorities said Tuesday.

    Christian Brando died Saturday at a Los Angeles hospital. The cause of death was listed as deferred, pending results of toxicology tests that may determine whether Brando had prescription or other drugs in his system and whether a medical condition was involved, Los Angeles County coroner's official Ed Winter said.

    Results should be available in six to eight weeks.

    The autopsy was requested "based on his past drug history," Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Fred Corral said Monday.

    An attorney for Marlon Brando's estate said the 49-year-old died of pneumonia.

    Lawyer David J. Seeley said that Christian Brando's mother, Anna Kashfi, requested the autopsy and that neither the estate nor its beneficiaries were involved in the decision.

    "At this point, we have no reason to question the hospital's actions and the cause of death," Seeley said.

    Christian Brando was one of nine children named as beneficiaries of Marlon Brando's trust. The Oscar winner noted in his will, released after his death in 2004, that he had 11 children, including daughter Cheyenne, who committed suicide in 1995, and an adopted daughter who was not a beneficiary.

    Kashfi and Marlon Brando divorced after a year of marriage.

    Christian Brando's former attorney, Benjamin Brin, said Tuesday that Brando's longtime girlfriend, Donna Goans, had been making funeral arrangements when the mother demanded the autopsy.

    Mother and son were estranged for 20 years, Brin said. He called the situation "very sad" and dismissed the value of an autopsy.

    "We all know 49-year-old people aren't supposed to die," Brin said. "We're going to find out what was different about him. There'll be some explanation. It may be his, you know, partying ways in the past. It may be even something more recent that some people will find pruriently interesting. It won't bring him back."

    Christian Brando's ex-wife Deborah sued the executors of Marlon Brando's estate Monday, claiming she is a victim of professional negligence, fraud and deceit.

    She claims that as part of a February 2007 settlement with Christian Brando in a domestic violence case, she would become assignee of her ex-husband's rights and claims in the estate.

    Deborah Brando accused producer Mike Medavoy and fellow executors Larry J. Dressler and Avra Douglas of executing a forged codicil to Brando's will days before the actor's death on July 1, 2004.

    "The will was forged ... designed to separate and alienate (Deborah Brando) from others in Marlon Brando's close and extended family, friends, and business acquaintances, and to keep them from challenging the will or trust," the lawsuit said.

    The estate will "vigorously defend" against the lawsuit, Seeley said.

    Brando's family asks for an autopsy

    An autopsy was scheduled Tuesday on the body of Christian Brando at the request of his family, the coroner's office said.

    Brando, the troubled son of the late Marlon Brando, died Saturday at a Los Angeles hospital. An attorney representing Marlon Brando's estate said the 49-year-old died from pneumonia.

    His family requested the autopsy "based on his past drug history," Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Fred Corral said Monday.

    Corral said the autopsy would include a toxicology analysis.

    Christian Brando's ex-wife Deborah sued the executors of Marlon Brando's estate Monday, claiming she is a victim of professional negligence, fraud and deceit.

    She claims that as part of a February 2007 settlement with Christian Brando in a domestic violence case, she would become assignee of her ex-husband's rights and claims in the estate.

    After-hours calls to David J. Seeley, an attorney representing Brando's estate, and Brando's personal attorney, Benjamin Brin, weren't immediately returned Monday.

    Deborah Brando accused producer Mike Medavoy and fellow executors Larry J. Dressler and Avra Douglas of executing a forged codicil to Brando's will days before the actor's death July 1, 2004.

    "The will was forged ... designed to separate and alienate (Deborah Brando) from others in Marlon Brando's close and extended family, friends, and business acquaintances, and to keep them from challenging the will or trust," the lawsuit said.

    Brando Son Christian Dies

    Christian Brando, the troubled eldest son of Marlon Brando, has died. He was 49.

    "This is a sad and difficult time for the family," said David Seeley, an attorney for Marlon Brando's estate.

    Brando was hospitalized for pneumonia on Jan. 11, Seeley said. He was reportedly in a coma and on a ventilator at the time of his death early Saturday.

    "His body was totally compromised," his ex-wife, Deborah Brando told People. "He'd lived hard...This is just so sad."

    No funeral plans had been announced.

    Born May 11, 1958, Brando was the result of an affair between his actor father and actress Anna Kashfi. The pair married in 1958 and divorced a year after their son's birth.

    Marlon later won custody of Christian, but reportedly had very little to do with raising him, leaving his care in the hands of various household staffers.

    In 1990, Brando was convicted of manslaughter for killing his sister's boyfriend, Dag Drollet. As a result of the crime, he spent five years in prison.

    He was later implicated in the 2001 death of Robert Blake's wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley, with Blake claiming Brando had sufficient motive to want Bakley dead in the wake of an affair gone wrong. However, no link between Brando and the murder was ever established.

    In October 2004, Brando tied the knot with Deborah Presley (who claims to be the illegitimate daughter of Elvis Presley) in Las Vegas.

    The following year, he was charged with spousal abuse and pleaded guilty to two counts of battery. He was sentenced to three years' probation and ordered to undergo drug and alcohol treatment.

    The couple divorced in June 2005 and Deborah Brando sued her ex-husband for domestic violence. He countersued, alleging she broke into his home and beat him because he wanted to have their marriage annulled just weeks after they swapped vows.

    The dueling lawsuits were settled last year. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

    Marlon Brando's son hospitalized with pneumonia

    Christian Brando, the troubled eldest son of screen legend Marlon Brando, was being treated for pneumonia in the intensive care unit of a Los Angeles hospital, a family friend said on Friday.

    Brando, 49-year-old son of the late Hollywood icon and Welsh actress Anna Kashfi, was admitted to Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center on January 11, said the friend, who asked not to be identified.

    "He's in the hospital, and he's not doing very well. He has pneumonia with complications," the friend said.

    A hospital spokeswoman declined to comment.

    Christian Brando, who lives in Los Angeles, made worldwide headlines in 1990 when he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter after shooting to death his half-sister Cheyenne's boyfriend, Dag Drollet, and served five years in prison.

    He also figured in the murder trial of actor Robert Blake, who was acquitted in the shooting death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, in 2001. Christian Brando had dated Bakley, and defense attorneys suggested that he could have been the killer.

    Brando was called as a witness during Blake's subsequent civil trial but refused to testify and was ordered held in contempt of court.

    In 2005, he pleaded guilty to spousal abuse charges involving his then-wife, Deborah, and was placed on probation.

    Marlon Brando, considered one of the greatest actors of his generation, won Academy Awards for his acclaimed roles in "On the Waterfront" and "The Godfather." He died in 2004 at the age of 80.

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