Marlon Brando’s Welsh ex-wife continues fight for star’s ashes after battling …

Marlon Brando’s elderly Welsh ex-wife has vowed to continue her legal fight for the film star’s ashes, despite being struck by a life-threatening bout of pneumonia.

Anna Kashfi fell sick six weeks ago at her home in San Diego – four years after the couple’s son Christopher died of the same illness.

Marlon Brando and Anna Kashfi

Anna’s nephew Terry O’Callaghan, from Cardiff, told MediaWales: “She is very old so it affects you worse. When you’re middle aged or young it would not be too bad.


article_mpuAdvertisement

“I am 68 now and I would not like to have it. It has knocked her for six.”

The artist said “of course” he had worried she might die.

Anna, who grew up in Cardiff as Joan O’Callaghan, has been fighting to get the Apocalypse Now star’s remains since 49-year-old Christian’s death in 2008.

His Welsh ex, now 77, filed legal documents in Los Angeles claiming she – Anna – had been named executor of his estate.

But after Christian’s death girlfriend Donna Lopez Geon took possession of some of her lover’s things, including the ashes.

In 2010 Donna, who denies any wrongdoing, claimed she didn’t have the ashes any more. She insisted Christian “wouldn’t have wanted his mother or anyone else to have his property when he died,” and said she had taken some of the ashes and spread them in one of his favourite spots – Franklin Canyon in Beverly Hills.

Referring to the legal process, Terry said: “It’s all still going on, it’s a slow process.

“But you have just got to try and get as much support as you can.”

He had hoped to get Brando’s model grandson, Tuki Brando, to help.

“He can’t get involved because of his career,” he said.

“It would have been great if he could have.”

Anna worked briefly in Hollywood in the ‘50s, starring in films including Cowboy and Night of the Quarter Moon.

Now she spends almost all of her time alone.

“I just feel totally sorry for Anna,” said Terry.

“She is a recluse and she does not want this.”

He said she has been treated “like a leper.”

“Everyone is against her,” he said.

“But she has got a bit of Irish in her, that makes her strong. We have had to fight for a long time.

“But she is all right, now she has got over this pneumonia thing.

“It has been a worry. But what can I do? I am on the other side of the world.”

Terry speaks to her every three weeks or so using Skype.

She married Brando in 1957 wearing a sari and was hailed an exotic Indian starlet by the Hollywood star system.

But the US press discovered that while born in India – her London-born father William Patrick O’Callaghan was a rail official there – she was raised in Cardiff from 13. She worked in a butcher’s shop and a Porthcawl ice cream parlour.

After studying at Cardiff College of Art in 1952, she was spotted by an MGM talent scout and went to Hollywood to work on Spencer Tracey film The Mountain and 1957’s Battle Hymn with Rock Hudson.

It was there she met The Wild One star Brando. After a whirlwind romance they married.

But the relationship fizzled out and they divorced in 1959. Brando, who went on to play some of cinema’s best known roles in movies including The Godfather, died in 2004 aged 80.

Meanwhile, Terry wonders whether his relative will ever get the ashes.

He said: “I have not got much hope in the American system at all.

“I hope she will. But I think other people have got something else in mind.”

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/showbiz-and-lifestyle/showbiz/2012/04/22/marlon-brando-s-welsh-ex-wife-continues-fight-for-star-s-ashes-after-battling-pneumonia-91466-30808913/