Friday, July 2

Marlin Brando 1924-2004

Just a few days ago, my wife - who goes by the appropriate nickname "Bullit" - read this report to me about Marlon Brando:

Actor Marlon Brando has reached a tentative agreement in a lawsuit by an ex-personal assistant who claims he made her repay a loan given as a gift.

Caroline Barrett, who worked for Brando for 25 years, insisted the actor told her he never expected the $185,000 loan to be repaid.

She argued that the actor, who recently turned 80, was trying to punish her for retiring against his wishes in 2001.

Final agreement on the case, filed in Los Angeles, is expected in two months.
She kind of mused that Brando must have been hurtin' for certain if he was quibbling over this kind of money. Then this came out the next day:

Arguably the greatest film actor of the 20th century, Marlon Brando has been reduced to a life of poverty, according to a forthcoming biography by Patricia Ruiz. The Sunday Times reports that the book, Brando in Twilight, paints an abject picture of an American icon crippled by legal and familial battles.

It is claimed that Brando is now "nearly destitute", with debts amounting to $20m. Once the industry's most highly-paid actor, the 80-year-old reportedly now subsists on social security payments, a pension from the Screen Actors Guild and "small residuals". He lives alone in a one-bedroom bungalow, called Frangipani, on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles.
Today, Marlon Brando passed away of unknown causes at an unknown L.A. hospital at 80. Bullit chalks it up to a broken heart. Godspeed, Wild One.