Claim to fame:
She will be forever remembered for her appearance on the march 27,1973 Academy Award broadcast to refuse the "best actor" award for actor Marlon Brando due to his protest of Hollywood's "treatment" of Native Americans. Poor "Sacheen" was virtually booed off the stage and later achieved even greater notoriety when it was wrongly announced by Roger Ebert that "Sacheen" was actually a Mexican actress and not Native American.
Where are they now?
Maria Cruz was actually Native American and Caucasian and had played a few minor roles in Hollywood while making her prescence known as a Native American activist. She remains very active in her causes for Native Americans.