Marlon Brando/Sacheen Littlefeather

1973: Marlon Brando sent Sacheen Littlefeather to the stage to reject his actor award in 1973 for "The Godfather" in protest of Hollywood's treatment of American Indians. Later, it was discovered that Littlefeather was born Maria Cruz -- and some have disputed that she is Native American, a claim she rejects.
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