Jocelyn Brando

as Mrs. Ritter in the movie Dark Night of the Scarecrow

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Was born at 18 November 1919 in San Francisco, California, USA . Died at 27 November 2005, Santa Monica, California, USA (natural causes)

Jocelyn Brando, the older sister of 'Marlon Brando' , was born Nov. 18, 1919, in San Francisco, California, to 'Marlon Brando Sr. ' andhis wife, the former Dorothy Pennebaker. Joceyln and Marlon and theirsister Frances grew up mostly on a farm near Evanston, Illinois, thoughthe family moved around during their childhoods.

The bane of thechildren's existence was the alcoholism of both parents, which wasparticularly acute with their mother. Her brother's friend'Karl Malden' believed that Jocelyn's promising career wasderailed by alcohol. Despite not living up to her promise, she manageda career that spanned five decades in the theater, film and television. Jocelyn Brando came to the stage naturally, first appearing in atheatrical production under the direction of her mother, who was aprincipal in an Omaha community theater group that included'Henry Fonda' . She made her Broadway debut soon after her 22rdbirthday, appearing in "The First Crocus" at the Longacre Theatre onJanuary 2, 1942.

The play was a resounding flop and closed after fiveperformances. Her next appearance on Broadway came two months after herkid brother Marlon made theatrical history as Stanley Kowalski in'Tennessee Williams' ' "A Streetcar Named Desire. " On February 18,1948, Jocelyn opened as Navy nurse Lt. Ann Girard in support of familyfriend Henry Fonda as the eponymous "Mister Roberts. " The play was asmash hit, running just shy of three years for a total of 1,157performances.

Jocelyn did not complete the run of the play, appearingin the comedy "The Golden State" in the 1950-51 season, a flop thatlasted but 25 performances. She rebounded in a success d'estime in'Eugene O'Neill (I)' 's "Desire Under the Elms" in 1952, though theplay only lasted 46 performances. One of her co-stars was'Colleen Dewhurst' , who would go on to rank as the greatestinterpreter of O'Neill's female characters. Jocelyn would later appearin support of Dewhurst in a Broadway revival of O'Neil's "MourningBecomes Electra", Back in uniform as a military officer, Jocelyn madeher film debut in 'Don Siegel' 's war drama China Venture (1953) . When she first arrived in Hollywood, shegave an interview with "The New York Times" in which she commented onher brother's advice--or lack of it--to the tyro film actress: "Marlonis a sweet fellow, and he works very hard.

I asked him for a tip aboutpictures, and he answered, 'Oh, I just say the words. That's all I knowabout picture acting'. He probably was smart at that to let me find myown way. " It was her second film that was her best-known movie role:detective 'Glenn Ford (I)' 's doomed wife in'Fritz Lang (I)' 's classic gangster movie The Big Heat (1953) . Jocelyn's character was blown to cinematickingdom come in an off-camera explosion when she starts the familyautomobile and detonates a bomb intended for screen hubby Ford.

Itremains one of the most famous moments in cinema. She eventuallyappeared in supporting roles in two of her brother's films, The Ugly American (1963) and The Chase (1966) . While hercareer in films never flourished, she had a healthy career intelevision from the 1940s through the 1980s, appearing in guest roleson scores of television shows, including "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955) , "Wagon Train" (1957) and "Little House on the Prairie" (1974) . In the early 1970s sheappeared as Mrs. Krakauer on the daytime TV soap opera "Love of Life" (1951) .

She also had a recurring role as Mrs. Reeves on the prime-time potboiler "Dallas" (1978) for severalyears. Her last major film was Mommie Dearest (1981) , the'Joan Crawford (I)' roman a clef. Jocelyn vociferously defendedher superstar brother in the press throughout his half-century ofcelebrity, stressing his strong family ties. She was with the greatactor when he died at age 80 of lung failure at his Los Angeles home onJuly 1, 2004 (the same disease h;ad earlier claimed their sisterFrances, who was a painter).

Karl Malden, in his 1997 autobiography"When Do I Start?", recounts how circa 1979 he cautioned his friendMarlon about his own intake of alcohol. Malden reminded his youngerfriend, whom he had known at that point for 35 years, that alcohol haddestroyed his mother's life, had compromised that of his father andlikely was the reason that Jocelyn never became a major actress. Jocelyn Brando, who was twice married and had two sons, died of naturalcauses at her Santa Monica, California, home on November 20, 2005, twodays after her 86th birthday. If we take Karl Malden's word for it--whoknew her and her work and her promise--but for the fatal flaw that ranthrough the Brando-Pennebaker family, she might have had a career thatwould have taken her out of the shadows and elevated her to more thanjust a footnote in her brother's career. .

There is some small facts about Jocelyn Brando:
  • Older sister of 'Marlon Brando' .
  • She appeared with her brother, 'Marlon Brando' , in The Ugly American (1963) and The Chase (1966) .
  • She remained a staunch defender of her mercurial and controversial brother throughout his life.
  • She is survived by two sons - Martin Asinof of Tillamook, Oregon, and Gahan Hanmer of Escondido, California.
  • Grandaunt of 'Prudence Brando' and 'Shane Brando' (children of 'Miko C. Brando' ).
  • Aunt of Christian Brando aka 'Christian Brando' (son of 'Anna Kashfi' ); 'Rebecca Brando' and 'Miko C. Brando' (children of 'Movita' ); and 'Teihotu Brando' (son of 'Tarita (I)' ).
  • Sister-in-law of 'Anna Kashfi' , 'Movita' , and 'Tarita (I)' during their marriages to 'Marlon Brando' .
  • She appeared with 'Glenn Ford (I)' in The Big Heat (1953) while her younger brother 'Marlon Brando' appeared with him in The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) and Superman (1978) .
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There is the list of movies, where Jocelyn Brando was taked part:
1 Dark Night of the Scarecrow movie Dark Night of the Scarecrow 1981 as Mrs. Ritter
2 Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff movie Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff 1979 as Mrs. Hemmings
3 Movie Movie movie Movie Movie 1978 as Mama Popchik/Mrs. Updike
4 Alfred Hitchcock Presents movie Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 as Julia Conrad
5 General Electric Theater movie General Electric Theater 1953 as Margaret Hobbs
6 Love of Life movie Love of Life 1951 as Anna Krakauer (1966-1967)
7 Richard Diamond, Private Detective movie Richard Diamond, Private Detective 1957 as Wife
8 A Question of Love movie A Question of Love 1978 as Mrs. Hunnicutt
9 Bus Rileys Back in Town movie Bus Rileys Back in Town 1965 as Mrs. Riley
10 China Venture movie China Venture 1953 as Lt. Ellen Wilkins
11 Combat Fatigue Irritability movie Combat Fatigue Irritability 1945 as Sue
12 Mommie Dearest movie Mommie Dearest 1981 as Barbara Bennett
13 Nightfall movie Nightfall 1957 as Laura Fraser
14 Starflight: The Plane That Couldnt Land movie Starflight: The Plane That Couldnt Land 1983 as Mrs. Harvey
15 Step Down to Terror movie Step Down to Terror 1958 as Lily Kirby
16 Ten Wanted Men movie Ten Wanted Men 1955 as Corinne Michaels
17 The Big Heat movie The Big Heat 1953 as Katie Bannion
18 The Chase movie The Chase 1966 as Mrs. Briggs
19 The Explosive Generation movie The Explosive Generation 1961 as Mrs. Ryker
20 The Rebels: Marlon Brando movie The Rebels: Marlon Brando 1981 as Herself
21 The Ugly American movie The Ugly American 1963 as Emma Atkins
22 Why Would I Lie? movie Why Would I Lie? 1980 as Mrs. Crumpe
23 87th Precinct movie 87th Precinct 1961 as Mrs. Mason
24 Alcoa Premiere movie Alcoa Premiere 1961 as Nurse Slater
25 Arrest and Trial movie Arrest and Trial 1963 as Mrs. Ware
26 Buckskin movie Buckskin 1958 as Lucy Corkle
27 Checkmate movie Checkmate 1960 as Sarah Talbot
28 Coronado 9 movie Coronado 9 1960 as Amy Loomis
29 Dallas movie Dallas 1978 as Mrs. Reeves
30 Darkroom movie Darkroom 1981 as Mrs. Mingle
31 Dr. Kildare movie Dr. Kildare 1961 as Doris Phillips
32 Frontier Circus movie Frontier Circus 1961 as Mrs. Phyllis Jordan
33 Heres Hollywood movie Heres Hollywood 1960 as Herself
34 Ironside movie Ironside 1967 as Etta Gibbs
35 Kojak movie Kojak 1973 as Mrs. Newfield
36 Laramie movie Laramie 1959 as Julia Hansen
37 Little House on the Prairie movie Little House on the Prairie 1974 as Woman
38 Lux Playhouse movie Lux Playhouse 1958 as Madge
39 M Squad movie M Squad 1957 as Mrs. Esther Bonsel
40 Markham movie Markham 1959 as Mary Copeland
There is the list of some printed articles of Brando, Jocelyn:
  • "Ciné-Revue" (Belgium), 28 June 1962, Vol. 42, Iss. 26, pg. 30, by: F. Dhont and Joan Mac Trevor, "Reflets de l'actualité hebdomadaire"
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