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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 30 September 1934Cardiff, Wales, UK
Birth NameJoan O'Callaghan

Mini Bio (1)

Anna Kashfi has appeared in a number of films including The Mountain (1956) (with Spencer Tracy) and Battle Hymn (1957) (with Rock Hudson) but is best known for being Marlon Brando's first wife. Kashfi is often thought of as being Indian but is, in fact, the daughter of a Welsh factory worker, William Callaghan, and simply reinvented herself to increase her screen appeal. She met Brando in 1955 in the Paramount commissary and after an on-off relationship (mainly due to Brando's relentless womanizing) married him in 1957. (Brando claimed that he married her only because she had become pregnant.) She gave birth in May 1958 to their son, Christian, who became notorious in 1990 for shooting dead Dag Drollet, a crime that earned him a ten-year jail sentence. Kashfi divorced Brando in 1959.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Charles Lee < charleslee@tinyworld.co.uk

Spouse (2)

James Hannaford (12 January 1974 - ?) (his death)
Marlon Brando (11 October 1957 - 22 April 1959) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (5)

In May of 1971, Anna took custody of actress Gia Scala, who was undergoing acute mental depression and was under psychiatric observation. Anna had once replaced Gia in the Glenn Ford/Jack Lemmon starrer Cowboy (1958). Gia, who had tried to take her life a number of times, stayed with Anna and her son, Christian Brando, for about two months. Gia committed suicide in April of the following year.
After Marlon Brando's career rebounded in the 1970s, Kashfi cashed-in with kiss-and-tell-all memoir of her ex-husband: "Brando for Breakfast" (1980). In her book, she excoriated Brando for his appearance in "Ultimo tango a Parigi" (1972).
Mother of Christian Devi Brando a.k.a. Christian Brando, grandmother of Michael Brando.
Daughter-in-law of Marlon Brando Sr. during her marriage to Marlon Brando.
Sister-in-law of Jocelyn Brando during marriage to Marlon Brando.

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