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Scott Brady
2009-01-11 22:34:16 UTC
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Marlon Brando so broke he tried to get job on QVC channel

Dec 22 2008 By Jack Mathieson

MOVIE legend Marlon Brando got so broke he tried to get a job as a
presenter on a TV shopping channel.

A close aide of the star - famous for the line "I'm gonna make him an
offer he can't refuse" - said he fell so low during his twilight years
he wanted to dress as a woman to work on QVC.

Bloated and struggling for breath, the man who captivated film fans in
On The Waterfront, The Godfather and Apocalypse Now got as far as
holding talks with a TV producer in 2003.

But his failing health caught up with him and the reclusive star died
the following year, aged 80, without taking the bizarre idea any
further.

The amazing revelation is in the memoirs of Alice Marchak, his former
personal assistant said.

Brando had commanded a fee of Û3.7million for his small role as
Superman's dad in 1978 but by 2000, claims Marchak, his fortune had
dwindled to just Û12,000. In Marlon And Me, she writes: "He called to
tell me he was in dire financial trouble. Marlon regaled me with money-
making schemes.

"He wanted to sell a product on QVC, possibly earthquake-proof houses
or imported silk. He wanted to sell a DVD of acting classes called
Lying For A Living.

"Marlon was serious about QVC.

He had a meeting with a woman from the channel in 2003 and committed
to appearing, disguised in women's clothes and a grey wig."

Marchak revealed Brando didn't fancy The Godfather because didn't want
to glorify The Mafia. But he relented when he heard Laurence Olivier
was up for it. "He can't play a Mafia don," Brando had sneered.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/entertainment/2008/12/22/marlon-brando-so-broke-he-tried-to-get-job-on-qvc-channel-86908-20989078/
i***@aol.com
2009-01-11 22:46:43 UTC
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On Jan 11, 5:34�pm, Scott Brady <***@hotmail.com> wrote:

Lawrence Tierney's brother?
Scott Brady
2009-01-11 22:53:53 UTC
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Lawrence Tierney's brother?
No, Ed Tracy's.
i***@aol.com
2009-01-11 23:11:51 UTC
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No, Ed Tracy's.
The hostage?
Scott Brady
2009-01-11 23:17:04 UTC
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No, Ed Tracy's.
The hostage?
Not that I'm aware of.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0870513/
i***@aol.com
2009-01-11 23:31:31 UTC
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Not that I'm aware of.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0870513/
Well since THAT Scott Brady died in 1985, you are F O S.
David Carson
2009-01-11 23:26:14 UTC
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Brando had commanded a fee of Û3.7million for his small role as
Superman's dad in 1978 but by 2000, claims Marchak, his fortune had
dwindled to just Û12,000. In Marlon And Me, she writes: "He called to
tell me he was in dire financial trouble. Marlon regaled me with money-
making schemes.
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Marchak revealed Brando didn't fancy The Godfather because didn't want
to glorify The Mafia. But he relented when he heard Laurence Olivier
was up for it. "He can't play a Mafia don," Brando had sneered.
One of Brando's last gigs - probably his very last - was to voice Vito
Corleone in the video game adaptation of "The Godfather". According to
news reports, the developers didn't get as many recording sessions with
him as they wanted, though, and his voice quality wasn't that great, so
they used an impersonator for some of his lines. The game came out about a
year and a half after his death, I think.

David Carson
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Loki
2009-01-12 02:31:16 UTC
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Marlon Brando so broke he tried to get job on QVC channel
Dec 22 2008 By Jack Mathieson
MOVIE legend Marlon Brando got so broke he tried to get a job as a
presenter on a TV shopping channel.
Brando was arguably the greatest actor America has ever produced.
Certainly the greatest of his life time. Tragically he did not get the
legendary status that goes with dying young.

Loki

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J.D. Baldwin
2009-01-12 04:05:47 UTC
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MOVIE legend Marlon Brando got so broke he tried to get a job as a
presenter on a TV shopping channel.
Brando was arguably the greatest actor America has ever produced.
Certainly the greatest of his life time. Tragically he did not get the
legendary status that goes with dying young.
Based on one really great performance, a few good ones, and a couple
that went straight through to self-parody? (And I don't mean the
intentional kind, like "The Freshman.")

I like a lot of Brando's stuff, and he was certainly influential, but
I'd put James Cagney *way* ahead of him, along with Jimmy Stewart,
Frederic March, Edward G. Robinson, William Powell, Henry Fonda,
William Holden, Kirk Douglas, Paul Newman and Burt Lancaster ... and
maybe a dozen others that don't occur to me right now.
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Loki
2009-01-12 13:49:10 UTC
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MOVIE legend Marlon Brando got so broke he tried to get a job as a
presenter on a TV shopping channel.
Brando was arguably the greatest actor America has ever produced.
Certainly the greatest of his life time. Tragically he did not get the
legendary status that goes with dying young.
Based on one really great performance, a few good ones, and a couple
that went straight through to self-parody? (And I don't mean the
intentional kind, like "The Freshman.")
One really great performance? Streetcar. Waterfront. Godfather. Tango.

Which three of those were not really great performances?

Loki

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who resigned 10 days later amid criticism over
his job performance, Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005
J.D. Baldwin
2009-01-12 14:03:43 UTC
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MOVIE legend Marlon Brando got so broke he tried to get a job as a
presenter on a TV shopping channel.
Brando was arguably the greatest actor America has ever produced.
Certainly the greatest of his life time. Tragically he did not get the
legendary status that goes with dying young.
Based on one really great performance, a few good ones, and a couple
that went straight through to self-parody? (And I don't mean the
intentional kind, like "The Freshman.")
One really great performance? Streetcar. Waterfront. Godfather. Tango.
Which three of those were not really great performances?
I would say that "The Godfather" was his only great performance that
has held up well over time. (I confess I haven't seen "Tango" in many
years.) As I said, he was innovative and influential, but I would
class those others as "merely" very good. And in any event, it's
almost trivial to name twice as many "obviously great" performances by
Humphrey Bogart or Jimmy Stewart or Frederic March.
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Loki
2009-01-12 14:50:29 UTC
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MOVIE legend Marlon Brando got so broke he tried to get a job as a
presenter on a TV shopping channel.
Brando was arguably the greatest actor America has ever produced.
Certainly the greatest of his life time. Tragically he did not get the
legendary status that goes with dying young.
Based on one really great performance, a few good ones, and a couple
that went straight through to self-parody? (And I don't mean the
intentional kind, like "The Freshman.")
One really great performance? Streetcar. Waterfront. Godfather. Tango.
Which three of those were not really great performances?
I would say that "The Godfather" was his only great performance that
has held up well over time. (I confess I haven't seen "Tango" in many
years.) As I said, he was innovative and influential, but I would
class those others as "merely" very good.
Have you seen ANY of the three that you just dismissed?

If so, and if you still think they were "merely very good", I have
nothing else to say.

Loki

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citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein."
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Terry del Fuego
2009-01-12 16:27:40 UTC
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I would say that "The Godfather" was his only great performance that
has held up well over time.
Having just watched the Blu-ray within the last week, I don't have a
strong opinion one way or the other about "only", but I'd certainly
agree that it's held up well.

What surprises me is that he managed to pull it off in a way that
makes me aware of his performance yet still lets me get completely
lost in it, if that makes any sense. He manages to spend his time
on-screen saying "Look at me, I'm acting! Pretty good, eh?" but
somehow it works.

Obligatory "Julie Harris doing the same thing ruined 'The Haunting'"
rant goes here.
Loki
2009-01-12 16:53:32 UTC
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I would say that "The Godfather" was his only great performance that
has held up well over time.
Having just watched the Blu-ray within the last week, I don't have a
strong opinion one way or the other about "only", but I'd certainly
agree that it's held up well.
What surprises me is that he managed to pull it off in a way that
makes me aware of his performance yet still lets me get completely
lost in it, if that makes any sense. He manages to spend his time
on-screen saying "Look at me, I'm acting! Pretty good, eh?" but
somehow it works.
What you just described could be applied to the lion's share of Jack
Nicholson's performances, and they work too.
Loki
2009-01-12 22:20:16 UTC
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On Mon, 12 Jan 2009 14:03:43 +0000 (UTC),
Post by J.D. Baldwin
I would say that "The Godfather" was his only great performance that
has held up well over time.
Having just watched the Blu-ray within the last week, I don't have a
strong opinion one way or the other about "only", but I'd certainly
agree that it's held up well.
What surprises me is that he managed to pull it off in a way that
makes me aware of his performance yet still lets me get completely
lost in it, if that makes any sense. He manages to spend his time
on-screen saying "Look at me, I'm acting! Pretty good, eh?" but
somehow it works.
One more thing I might add, of the four performances I mentioned,
Streetcar, Waterfront, Godfather, and Tango The Godfather was the one
that I would consider to be the least "great" for exactly the reason
you mentioned.
Rob Cibik
2009-01-12 15:07:30 UTC
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Marlon Brando so broke he tried to get job on QVC channel
Dec 22 2008 By Jack Mathieson
MOVIE legend Marlon Brando got so broke he tried to get a job as a
presenter on a TV shopping channel.
The amazing revelation is in the memoirs of Alice Marchak, his former
personal assistant said.
Brando had commanded a fee of Û3.7million for his small role as
Superman's dad in 1978 but by 2000, claims Marchak, his fortune had
dwindled to just Û12,000. In Marlon And Me, she writes: "He called to
tell me he was in dire financial trouble. Marlon regaled me with money-
making schemes.
ms. marchak and her family were members of the church in scarnton, pa
i attended as a child/teen. she was something of celebrity in our
church. if memory serves me correctly she left brando when 'tango' was
released but apparently either returned to his employ or at least kept
in touch through the years.
PyrateJohn
2009-01-12 15:52:33 UTC
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ms. marchak and her family were members of the church in scarnton, pa
i attended as a child/teen. she was something of celebrity in our
church. if memory serves me correctly she left brando when 'tango' was
released but apparently either returned to his employ or at least kept
in touch through the years.
She sued Brando's estate, claiming that he promised her money and then
went back on his word.

It's safe to say that her's isn't exactly an unbiased view. Certainly
an interesting, and complicated view.

The first several paragraphs of her web site make for interesting
reading:

"After Marlon Brando's death Alice Marchak sued his estate for
property and money owed her which engendered negative publicity when
representatives of his estate held her up to ridicule and labeled her
a "gold digger."

Alice decided she did not want people who didn't know her or Marlon,
or her close relationship to Marlon, to define her. Therefore, she
broke her silence and in a lively, witty, engaging manner she paints a
picture of their entwined lives.

In refuting the charges, ME and MARLON opens the door into a personal
relationship that will surprise and give more than a glimpse of the
private off screen world of Brando - a self-proclaimed liar, con man,
sex addicted, crazy individual. A man-child tortured soul whom Alice
promised never to abandon and how this promise bound them together
through years of chaos and crises-both personal and financial. This
memoir covers the first several years of MARCHAK-BRANDO friendship
which more than refutes the untrue charges and confirms the very close
relationship that developed and which no one was able to put asunder."


--PirateJohn--

http://www.PirateJohn.com

And the new blog at http://pyratejohn.blogspot.com
Topic Cop
2021-08-30 23:31:48 UTC
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He must have been pissed when he saw The Godfather Part 2 like why let himself die when there was going to be another one.
A Friend
2021-08-31 02:07:12 UTC
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He must have been pissed when he saw The Godfather Part 2 like why let
himself die when there was going to be another one.
Brando turned down the opportunity to appear in the flashback at the
end of Part 2. Brilliant as he was, I think he had trouble with
success.
Topic Cop
2021-08-31 04:34:49 UTC
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He must have been pissed when he saw The Godfather Part 2 like why let
himself die when there was going to be another one.
Brando turned down the opportunity to appear in the flashback at the
end of Part 2. Brilliant as he was, I think he had trouble with
success.
he didn't do enough to be as popular as he was

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