Anna Kashfi, better known as the first wife of actor Marlon Brando, began her career as a model. Her first screen appearance was in the adventure-drama film ‘The Mountain’ (1956) wherein she appeared with Spencer Tracy and Robert Wagner playing a Hindu girl.
Next, Kashfi played a Korean girl alongside Rock Hudson in the war film ‘Battle Hymn’ (1957). In the Western film ‘Cowboy’ (1958), an adaption of the semi-autobiographical novel by Frank Harris, she appeared as a Mexican alongside Glenn Ford and Jack Lemmon. In her last film, ‘Night of the Quarter Moon,’ (1959) her co-stars were John Barrymore, Julie London and Nat King Cole. Her role as Cole’s African-American wife fetched her ‘Best Supporting Actress Award’ at the ‘Cartagena Film Festival.’
Thereafter, Kashfi appeared in various TV series, including ‘Adventures in Paradise’ (1959), ‘Bronco’ (1960), ‘The Deputy’ (1960) and ‘Kraft Mystery Theater’ (1963).
Kashfi appeared as herself in the TV series ‘Here’s Hollywood’ (1960), ‘Today’ (1979) and the documentaries ‘The Rebels: Marlon Brando’ (1981) and ‘Biography’ (2005).
This historical drama film revolves around the story of Lieutenant Colonel Dean E Hess, a fighter pilot working for the US Air Force, who had helped in protecting and evacuating hundreds of war orphans to safety during the Korean War.