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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
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-
"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.