Brando's Biography (Part 1)

Bit by bit, I'll post sections of Marlon Brando's entry in wikipedia. The reason you should read it here is because of the AnswerTips that you see below. Every time you see this icon, you can click on any word you don't know and it will give a definition, examples, pronunciation, and even translations into your own language. Try it!

Marlon Brando, Jr. (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004) was an Academy Award-winning American actor, whose body of work spanned over half a century. He is widely considered one of the greatest American film actors of all time, indeed, ranking seventh in AFI's (American Film Industry) Top 10 Greatest Actors. As a young sex symbol,he is best known for his roles as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire and Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront, both directed by Elia Kazan in the early 1950s. In middle age, his well-known roles include his Academy Award-winning performance as Vito Corleone in The Godfather, Colonel Walter Kurtz in Apocalypse Now, both directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and an Academy Award-nominated performance as Paul in Last Tango in Paris.

Brando was also an activist, lending his presence to many issues, including the American Civil Rights and American Indian Movements. He was named the fourth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute.

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In this week's interview, Mari says that she likes romantic comedies. Personally I think romantic dramas are much more interesting because they mirror real life. Here's Brando delivering one of the most famous movie lines ever, "Stella!!"

Kowalski: Hey, Stella!

Eunice: You quit that howling down there and go to bed.

Kowalski: Eunice, I want my girl down here.

Eunice: You shut-up. You're going to get the law on you.

Kowalski: Hey, Stella!!

Eunice: You can’t beat on a woman an then call her back 'cause she ain't gonna come. And her going to have a baby!

Kowalski: Listen, Eunice.

Eunice: I hope they haul you in and turn a fire hose on you --

Kowalski: Eunice, I want my girl down here.

Eunice: -- like they done the last time. You stinker!

Kowalski: Hey, Stellllaaaa!!! Hey, Stellaaaa!!

Eunice: I wouldn't mix in this.

Stanley: Don't ever leave me baby.

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