Actress Maria “Movita” Castaneda, often billed simply as Movita, was Marlon Brando’s second wife. Her nickname Movita appeared on the SSA’s baby name list for two short periods of time. The first was 1938-1940:
- 1941: unlisted
- 1940: 8 baby girls named Movita
- 1939: 12 baby girls named Movita
- 1938: 10 baby girls named Movita [debut]
- 1937: unlisted
She’d been appearing in films like Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) since the early ’30s, but in the late ’30s she was getting extra press because of her relationship with Irish boxer/entertainer Jack Doyle. She married Doyle in 1939, but they divorced in 1944.
Movita married Marlon Brando in 1960, after his first marriage to Anna Kashfi had ended. The marriage didn’t last long, but the association with Brando gave Movita’s name another boost:
- 1965: unlisted
- 1964: 6 baby girls named Movita
- 1963: 6 baby girls named Movita
- 1962: 6 baby girls named Movita
- 1961: unlisted
Brando left Movita in 1962 to be with the woman who would soon become his third wife. In a crazy coincidence, he met wife #3 while filming Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), a remake of the 1935 version Movita had starred in. What was the third wife’s name? You’ll find out tomorrow!
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