Profile of the Day: Marlon Brando
“Stella!” On December 3, 1947, Marlon Brando cried his famous line for the first time in the Broadway debut of Tennessee Williams‘ play A Streetcar Named Desire at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Starring a 23-year old Brando as Stanley Kowalski, the drama stunned the audience, who sat in silence once the curtain fell before erupting in applause that lasted 30 minutes. The play turned Brando into a star and he would go on to reprise his role in the 1951 film adaptation opposite Vivien Leigh and earn his first Academy Award nomination.
Did you know Brando is Tennesse William’s 13th cousin once removed?
Explore his family tree and see how you’re related!