Saturday, August 22, 2015

Anna Kashfi, 1934-2015

I have to admit to not recognizing the name Anna Kashfi. Born in India ostensibly to British parents, Kashfi had a brief acting career in the second half of the 1950s. However, she's probably better known for her brief marriage to Marlon Brando, the first for both of them, which produced Brando's ill-fated son Christian.

Wikipedia has some interesting information about how Anna Kashfi became Anna Kashfi. Sometime in the 1950s she took that name, presumably to be able to play "exotic" parts, and claiming that she was actually of Indian (ie. south Asian) heritage with a father from India, although her parents vigorously denied this.

At any rate, Kashfi died yesterday at the age of 80. Her first movie The Mountain looks interesting; I ought to watch it sometime.

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