Movita Castaneda

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Movita Castaneda
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Castaneda in Paradise Isle (1937)
Maria Luisa Castaneda

(1916-04-12)April 12, 1916
DiedFebruary 12, 2015(2015-02-12) (aged 98)
Cause of deathNeck injury
Other namesMovita
Years active193089
Jack Doyle
(m. 1939;div. 1944)

Marlon Brando
(m. 1960;div. 1962)

Maria Luisa "Movita" Castaneda (April 12, 1916 – February 12, 2015) was a Mexican-American actress best known for having been the second wife of actor Marlon 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 (b. 1961) and Rebecca Brando Kotlizky (b. 1966). [1]

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Life and work

Movita with John Carroll in "Wolf Call" (1939) Movita-John Carroll in Wolf Call.jpg
Movita with John Carroll in "Wolf Call" (1939)

Movita, a Mexican American, 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. She played an island girl in Paradise Isle (1937) and again in Girl from Rio (1939) with Warren Hull. She starred in the British thriller Tower of Terror (1941) alongside Wilfrid Lawson and Michael Rennie. After a break, she appeared as Henry Fonda's cook in Fort Apache (1948), then starred with Tim Holt in two further westerns: The Mysterious Desperado (1949) and Saddle Legion (1951).

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In 1939, Movita married the Irish boxer, singer and actor Jack Doyle in Mexico. [2] The marriage did not endure. 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. After a small role on television in 1977, Movita appeared as Ana in 17 episodes of Knots Landing from October 1987 to May 1989.

Jack Doyle Irish boxer and singer

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Fletcher Christian HMS Bounty mutineer

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Castaneda died on February 12, 2015, in Los Angeles, after being hospitalized for a neck injury. She was 98. [3]

Castaneda was survived by her two children and four grandchildren, as well as a great-grandchild. [4]


1930El Dios del mar
1933 Flying Down to Rio Carioca SingerUncredited
1934La buenaventura
1934 The Scandal Gregoria
1934Tres AmoresDoris
1935Señora casada necesita maridoDoncella
1935The Tia Juana KidCabaret Dancer
1935 Mutiny on the Bounty Tehani
1935El diablo del MarMaya
1936 Captain Calamity Annana
1936El capitan TormentaAnyana
1937 Paradise Isle Ila
1937 The Hurricane Arai
1938 Rose of the Rio Grande Rosita del Torre
1939Wolf CallTowana
1939Girl from RioMarquita Romero
1941 Tower of Terror Marie Durand
1948 Fort Apache Guadalupe
1949 The Mysterious Desperado Luisa
1949 Red Light TrinaUncredited
1950 Wagon Master Young Navajo Indian
1950 Federal Man Lolita Martinez / Montez
1950 The Furies Chiquita
1950 A Lady Without Passport LorenaUncredited
1950 The Petty Girl Carmelita MorayUncredited
1950 Kim Woman with BabyUncredited
1951 Soldiers Three Cabaret woman
1951 Saddle Legion Mercedes
1952 Wild Horse Ambush Lita Espinosa
1953 Dream Wife Rima
1953 Ride, Vaquero! HussyUncredited
1955 Apache Ambush Rosita

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  2. "Jack Doyle Married". Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette. 18 April 1939. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
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