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Overview (3)

Born in Nogales, Arizona, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (complications from a neck injury)
Birth NameMaria Luisa Castaneda

Mini Bio (1)

Movita Castaneda was an American actress best known for having been the second wife of actor Marlon Brando. She was eight years older than Brando. In films, she played exotic women/singers, such as in Flying Down to Rio (1933) and Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), of which she was the last surviving cast member. She is the mother of Miko Castaneda Brando and Rebecca Brando Kotlizky.

Movita was born in Nogales, Arizona, on a train travelling between Mexico and Arizona. Movita began her acting career singing the Carioca to Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire's first dance number in the first film in which the famous duo appeared together, Flying Down to Rio (1933). She continued playing exotic women in American and Spanish language films in the 1930s, most notably as a Tahitian girl, Tehanni in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) alongside Clark Gable and Franchot Tone.

After appearing in a few more minor westerns and a few television parts, she met the actor Marlon Brando in the late 1950s, after his breakup with Anna Kashfi. They married in 1960, and they had two children. Brando played the role of Fletcher Christian in the 1962 remake of the 1935 film in which Movita had played a Tahitian girl, Tehanni. Brando then married his co-star Tarita Teriipaia.

Castaneda died on February 12, 2015 at the age of 98.

Six months later, Marlon's first wife, Anna Kashfi, died on August 16, 2015, at the age of 80.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

Family (1)

Spouse Marlon Brando (4 June 1960 - 1962)  (divorced)  (2 children)
Jack Doyle (1939 - 1944)  (divorced)

Trivia (12)

Was born on a train that was en route from Mexico to Nogales, Arizona.
She played Tehani in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) while her second husband Marlon Brando played Fletcher Christian in the remake, Mutiny on the Bounty (1962).
Grandmother of Miko Brando's children, Prudence Brando and Shane Brando.
Sister-in-law of Jocelyn Brando during marriage to Marlon Brando.
Daughter-in-law of Marlon Brando Sr. during her marriage to Marlon Brando.
She was the last surviving cast member of Mutiny on the Bounty (1935).
She lives in Mexico. [2006]
Married Irish prizefighter Jack Doyle in 1939. Doyle was also a tenor, known as "the Irish thrush". He performed with Movita at European cabarets and for some time they owned a London nightclub called the 'Swizzle Stick'.
Movita told writer Michael Taub that MGM inflated her age. At the time, she said, she was 14 - not 19, as the studio claimed on government documents.
Was discovered for the screen by RKO producer Pandro S. Berman.
Her stage name 'Movita' was coined for her by MGM executives who thought it sounded Polynesian.

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