In 1948 Marlon Brando stunned audiences and critics alike with his revolutionary, raw, and improvisational approach to acting. He became a symbol of a new, rebellious generation that was sick of conventions and committed to genuine emotion and unvarnished truth. From his breakout role as Stanley Kowalski inA Streetcar Named Desireto his mesmerizing portrayal of Don Corleone inThe Godfather, he created some of the most memorable characters in American cinematic history. Brando was a paradox-intensely private but using his fame to promote worthy causes, a womanizer who clung t o his childhood friends and animals. He was one of the most fiercely independent stars ever. In this book, acclaimed biographer Patricia Bosworth peels away Brando's many layers, revealing the struggles, triumphs, and relentless ambition that transformed the irrepressible farm boy from Nebraska into a legend of American cinema.